holistic pet care.

Natural pet remedies are becoming more mainstream, and at Animal Medical Hospital & Urgent Care, we believe that homeopathic remedies for animals can offer the perfect complement to cutting-edge veterinary care—as long as they’re used properly and under a veterinarian’s supervision. 

To help answer common questions about natural pet supplements, our team has put together a list of some of our favorite holistic pet care hacks.

Essential Oils for Pets

If you’re looking for ways to calm an anxious animal companion, essential oils may help when used safely. Animals are highly sensitive to essential oils, so care must be taken that any oils are heavily diluted, and they should be used in moderation. The safest way to use essential oils for cats or dogs with anxiety is with a calming spray made just for pets. 

Lavender essential oil can be diffused safely to promote relaxation in pets, and just an hour a day is all that’s recommended.  

Some essential oils are toxic to pets and should be avoided altogether. Never use the following essential oils around pets: peppermint, pine, eucalyptus, tea tree, cinnamon, citrus, wintergreen, and ylang ylang.

Natural Pet Supplements

Natural pet remedies are often used to provide relief for senior pets experiencing pain and stiffness from arthritis or other joint disorders. Choose products made just for pets. These supplements are available in different forms, including powders, chews, and sprinkle capsules. The following ingredients in natural pet supplements can reduce inflammation, protect cartilage, and improve mobility:

  • Omega-3 fatty acids, specifically EPA and DHA 
  • Glucosamine
  • Chondroitin
  • Green-lipped mussels
  • MSM (methylsulfonylmethane)

Herbal Treatments for Pets

Flower essences are trending herbal treatments for pets. These diluted herbal formulas can be sprayed on a pet bed or other favorite spot, added to the water bowl, rubbed gently on their fur, or even placed directly in the mouths of agreeable pets. There are often blends of multiple flower essences in one formula designed for a specific purpose, whether it’s to relieve stress, combat territorial behaviors like fighting, or to reduce hyperactivity.

Practice Safe Holistic Pet Care

We all want what is best for our pets, and natural pet remedies can be an important tool in your pet’s overall healthcare plan, but there is no substitute for customized veterinary care. Before using natural pet supplements or essential oils for pets, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a visit with your pet. We are happy to discuss your concerns regarding your pet’s health or behavior and make recommendations regarding safe homeopathic remedies for animals. 

We look forward to helping your pets live their best lives as naturally as possible! Call us today at (704) 334-4684 to schedule your pet’s appointment.