What is Holistic Health?
Holistic health comes from the concept of holism, the idea that the sum is greater than its individual parts. Holistic health extends beyond what you do at the doctor’s office and into what you do in your daily life. The emphasis is not just on the physical body, but also on the mind and the spirit.
The eastern healing traditions of Ayurveda and Chinese medicine have long honored the principles of holism, and now the US is starting to recognize this approach to human health.
Holistic Pet Care
The holistic approach to health isn’t just for humans. We can look at our pets as a whole, too, and address the full picture of their health instead of just treating their symptoms. If you’re looking to take a more holistic approach to your pet’s health, you can start by looking at their nutrition, their exercise routine and their health care.
Feeding time is a daily opportunity to address your pet’s health. Make sure your pet is receiving adequate nutrition to support their digestion, teeth, energy and mental health. A well-balanced diet should include an appropriate amount of minerals, vitamins, and amino acids. As omnivores, dogs can absorb vital nutrients from plants and meats. Cats, who are obligate carnivores, must get their nutrients from meat sources.
For a deeper dive into understanding the nutrients your pet needs, check out this article about cat and dog nutrient requirements.
Some dogs and cats may require a supplement to get adequate nutrition due to an underlying condition. As with many changes in your dog’s health routine, it’s a good idea to consult your vet before adding a supplement to their diet. If your vet prescribes a supplement to treat a covered condition, you could be eligible for reimbursement for that supplement with a SPOT pet insurance plan.*
Think about the anxiety and stress that can build up in your body when you aren’t active enough. This type of unspent energy can lead to physical and mental manifestations that hurt your health, and the same can happen to our pets. Maintaining a daily exercise routine with your pet is key to their mental and physical health.
SPOT Chairman Cesar Millan is all about the power of the walk for dogs. He believes that building 30-minute or hour-long walks into your daily schedule supports your dogs’ whole wellbeing: body, mind and spirit.
As with exercise, your pet needs adequate rest and relaxation to stay balanced. It’s important to make sure your home is an environment where pets feel safe enough to relax, sleep, and heal. To achieve this, be mindful of creating a calm energy and perhaps give your pet a designated spot where they can go when they want to be undisturbed.
Holistic Vets and Alternative Treatments
Sometimes mainstream medications and practices can be replaced or supplemented by other treatments. Alternative therapies like acupuncture, chiropractic treatments, and hydrotherapy are becoming more commonplace in humans, but many health insurances still don’t cover them. With a SPOT pet insurance plan, you can submit a claim if your pet gets alternative treatments performed by a licensed vet for covered conditions.
There are holistic and natural vets that specialize in alternative treatments and herbal medicines, but it may be tricky to find one near you. If you’re interested in this type of pet healthcare, you may consider calling into a holistic practice to see if they are willing to provide counsel over the phone or if they have a telehealth program. As long as your appointment is with a licensed vet, mobile visits and digital visits are eligible for coverage with SPOT Pet Insurance, too.
Taking a holistic pet care approach doesn’t mean you have to ditch your conventional vet, though. In fact, conventional medicine has its own role to play within the holistic health picture. Surgeries and x-rays may be needed to help an injured pet, and then nutrition, lifestyle and alternative therapies can help them on their road to recovery. As with energy, it’s all about finding the right balance.
Pet Wellness Insurance
SPOT’s Preventive Care packages** can help pet parents take a proactive rather than reactive approach to pet health, too. Taking pets in for annual upkeep (dental cleanings, deworming, etc.) is another way to spend more time supporting health and less time treating symptoms. With an add-on preventive care package, you can get reimbursed for some of those routine treatments, making regular visits to the vet an easier decision.
“I want SPOT to be the insurance that talks about instinctual health, emotional health, and spiritual health. That’s the real preventive health.” – Cesar Millan, Chairman
At SPOT, we know that your pet’s health doesn’t begin and end at the vet office. Let’s work together in supporting your pet’s whole health. Good luck on your holistic pet care explorations, and remember to get a free quote for your pet!
*Supplement must be prescribed to treat a covered condition and must be prescribed by a licensed vet.
**Preventive care coverage available as an add-on to base coverage for an additional cost with SPOT Preventive Care plans.
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