I highly reccommend 'Reiki' as a natural healing alternative and have had great results on people, plants and animals. I would also consider acupuncture or an animal chiropractor if the need were to arise. I'm sure you could find out more about Reiki on the web if you're interested. It sounds like mumbo jumbo but it works.
Things like Reiki and Massage, I would call them Complimentary type treatments, not alternative. I took a massage course a few years ago, but I have issues with my wrists, so I found someone else who has recently graduated in Canine Massage and Leeza has an appt next month. I have made the decision that the next puppy I get, I'm going to make the meals in my own kitchen. Hopefully I'll live elsewhere.
***Edited By: sue on 1/28/2006 7:37:03 PM*** Reason: fadvasdv
here is the story, many have already heard it but once again...
Shayna my 11 y/o catahoula had serious health and joint problems. Shayna could not play, get in a car, on the bed, in her chair or down two stairs to eat. so about 2 years ago i started attending a schutzhund club. all the dogs there wer feed raw. I was impressed with the all the dogs but the retired ones were the most impressive. these dogs had competed in a sport that was seriously orthopedically demanding and did not seem to have the aligments of dogs who were much more pampered. so about 6 mos. later i got a raise and decided to give a whirl. now mind you before i thought the raw diet was witch craft, hocus pocus,tree hugger stuff. 2 weeks later shayna started playing her favorite game again. in month all my dogs had leaned up, stopped driking tons of water and their teeth looked great, the stopped having fart problems, and thier stool was perfect. 2 mos. later shayna was off meds. now she plays longer thna my old dogs. their is no sign of failing health, she and all my dogs are thriving. shortly after starting the diet i dove head first into researching food for dogs. the practises i found that dog food co. have were horrifying and decietful. I can go to dog parks now and tell which dogs are feed kibble and if a dog is feed raw. the results are remarkable. the whole idea behind it, is dogs were never meant to eat processed kibble, but rather prey, which is uncooked and full of bones and organs. the idea is raw is biologically appropriate and kibble is not. another acronym for barf (bioligically appropriate raw food). this has even changed the way i eat. i cook my food, but i do not eat processed food. the drawbacks are it takes up a lot of room. you have to have a freezer and depending on how crazy you get it can be expensive. preparation takes time and your housekeeping and personal hygene has to be top notch. I recommend that anyonje intersted give it 2 weeks and if they do not see a "huge" difference. go back to your kibble.
***Edited By: gunny on 1/29/2006 12:14:27 PM*** Reason: s
I try to buy organic, but it's tough to find with meat, and if you do find it. it can be incredibly expensive. I do prepare the food myself, I do not just have a problem with kibble, i have a problem with dog food companies (including RAW). RAW food is treated no different than kibble is at a dog food company. I was feeding a pre-made brand till i found they get there meat from a farm vet. I would guess they get meat cheap because it is diseased or full of phenabarbitol and the farm cannot sell for human food. so they make it animal feed. i also have founf rocks and pieces of shopping bags in premade raw. and the premade raw i see is the color grey. grey meat WTF. My food is pink. I make 200 lbs of food at a time. so i will feed chicken, duck, pork, fish, beef, turkey. goat, lamb, whatever i can get my hands on. and they i will go home and and grind it up mix it with veggies (pureed) kefir, eggs (shell and all) some supplements (though i am not usre if these are really necassary) and fruit. every batch is different. i make about 50 lbs in a batch. some will be pork heavy (makes the dogs fat !!) some will be chicken heavy, some beef heavy, some with fish somw without. I try to vary the diet, so over the long run i am covering there nutrtional needs. as for doing it right. get some chicken and some ground beef, a bag of mixed veggies (costco is a great place to shop for RAW) and just chop up the chicken (75%of the meat in the diet) and add beef (25%) and add about a 1-2 table spoons of purred veggies. then next time more beef less chicken. then continue researching it.