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What is a Dog Naturopath?

A dog naturopath is a practitioner who uses natural, holistic approaches to improve a dog’s health and treat illness or injuries. Unlike a traditional veterinarian who relies on conventional medicine like drugs and surgery, a naturopath uses alternative therapies to support the body’s innate ability to heal itself. They aim to treat the root cause of disease rather than just symptoms.

Common dog naturopath treatments

Some common dog naturopath treatments include acupuncture, herbal remedies, nutritional counseling, massage, chiropractic adjustments, homeopathy, and physical therapy modalities like cold laser therapy. Red Light Therapy (this is the one used in the image above)  They most likely will make custom dietary recommendations, prescribe supplements, and offer wellness plans focused on preventative care. Their goal is to stimulate the dog’s natural defenses and bring its systems back into balance. The concept is that the body will heal itself, given the proper resources. This is the most effective remedy for healing and is often all you need to do to restore balance (homeostasis).

Naturopathic medicine for pets

Naturopathic medicine for pets has grown in popularity as more dog owners seek out natural treatment options. It’s often used as a complement to conventional vet care. Dog naturopaths can address chronic conditions that are difficult to control with standard medicine alone, like skin problems, arthritis, anxiety, and gastrointestinal issues. Their treatments provide relief from pain and inflammation while also supporting overall well-being.

Why Consider a Dog Naturopath?

There are several reasons dog owners may want to consult a naturopathic provider:

  • A desire for natural treatment options – Prescription medications can cause severe and long-term side effects. Many pet owners wish to avoid these by using remedies made from herbs, foods, and other natural sources. This is based on thousands of years of traditional medicine like Ayurveda (3000 years), Traditional Chinese Medicine (2000-3000 years), Ancient Egyptian Medicine (5000 years), Greek and Roman Medicine (400 BC), plus several more.
  • Preventative care – Naturopaths emphasize wellness and prevention. They may offer immune-boosting therapies, dietary advice, and customized wellness plans to help keep dogs healthy. Prevention is the key. It is much easier to prevent disease than to cure it. 
  • Chronic condition support – Naturopathic medicine can be very helpful for managing long-term health problems. The treatments bring relief and control symptoms without the need for lifelong medications. I have seen many chronic conditions heal from just changing the diet. 
  • Adjunct treatment – Many dog owners see a naturopath to complement their conventional veterinary care. They use it as an additional layer of support for issues that have been tricky to resolve. Drugs can, in some severe and life-threatening conditions, save lives. Short-term use of drugs, meds, and therapies can be helpful. It is long-term use that may have side effects that can be difficult to manage and damage the immune system. There are also cases when drugs are necessary, and natural remedies can help reduce the side effects. One example is chemo combined with natural supplements like PaoVet.
  • A holistic view of health – Naturopaths look at the whole dog, not just isolated symptoms. They evaluate environmental, nutritional, emotional, and physical factors to restore overall well-being.

The Naturopathic Approach

Naturopathy is based on several key philosophies and principles:

  • The healing power of nature – The body has an innate ability to heal itself if given the proper tools. Naturopaths use treatments that work with the body’s natural defenses.
  • Identify and treat the cause – Naturopaths aim to find and resolve the root cause of illness, not just treat superficial symptoms. The band-aid syndrome.
  • First, do no harm – They prefer gentle, non-invasive therapies that have little to no side effects. Safety is paramount.
  • Treat the whole patient – Care plans are customized to the individual based on a holistic evaluation of their unique health history, genetics, lifestyle, and environment.
  • Prevention is the best cure – Naturopaths emphasize preventative care through nutrition, exercise, stress management, and immune system support.

Here are some more information about Dog Naturopath

The History of Animal Naturopathy. Read

Animal Naturopathy Does it work? Read

Finding a Qualified Practitioner

Not all states regulate naturopathic doctors, so it’s important to do some research before choosing a practitioner for your dog. 

Ask about the naturopath’s specific experience treating dogs. Make sure they are open to collaborating with your traditional vet rather than replacing them. Costs will vary depending on the treatments provided. As with most natural treatment modalities, be aware that few, if any, therapies and supplements are not covered by pet insurance plans. The good thing is that most natural therapies are considerably less costly than conventional therapies. It can save you thousands just by changing your diet. I have seen this many times. 

As with any healthcare provider, it’s essential to feel comfortable and confident with your chosen dog naturopath. Schedule a consultation to discuss your pet’s needs and ensure it’s a good fit. With the right natural therapies from a trusted practitioner, your dog’s health can thrive.

Let me know if you want me to evaluate a potential practitioner you are looking to visit. I can tell by looking at their website if you have found one that can be helpful to your dog. 

The dogs below all made great improvements

just by switching to a raw food diet

Many improvements after switching to a raw food diet.

Bentley (5) is a Shepard-Boxer mix from M) that started on a raw food diet 2 years old.Hugo is a participant in the Long Living PetsRaw Feeding Study. "Bentley was adopted on 3/7/2017 from a city animal shelter, taken home and was put on Blue Buffalo Blue Wilderness...

Stopped eating kibble

Winston (3) is a Newfoundland from the UK that started on a raw food diet 1.5 years old.Hugo is a participant in the Long Living Pets Raw Feeding Study."We changed to raw as our dog stopped wanting to eat kibble, he was having runny and smelly poos and didn't seem to...

Amazing Recovery from Cancer

Kai (11) is a Huskey/Staffy Mix from the UK that started on a raw food diet 6 years old.  Kai is a participant in the Long Living Pets Raw Feeding Study. "I used to feed (UK) Butchers and Bakers when she was a puppy. I recoil at the horror of this now. She then became...

Loose Stool for 10 Months

Baldwin (4) is a German Shorthair Pointer from Canada that started on a raw food diet 11 months old.  Baldwin is a participant in the Long Living Pets Raw Feeding Study. "We feed a mix of barf patties, and prey model raw. When we got him as a puppy, he had loose...

Wonderful Improvements

Rocco (3) is a Labrador-Border Collie mix that started on a raw food diet 2 years old.Rocco is a participant in the Long Living Pets Raw Feeding Study. "Rocco was originally fed a mix of kibble and wet food in trays (some kind of meat with vegetables and/or rice or...

Seizures Gone!

Dora (5) is a Smooth Collie from WA that started on a raw food diet 3 years old. Dora is a participant in the Long Living Pets Raw Feeding Study."Started raw over a year ago after she started having seizures, grand mals. Since the change (raw fed, CBD oil and turmeric...

Multiple Allergies Gone

Ruby (9) is a Pug from MN that started on a raw food diet 4 years old.  Ruby is a participant in the Long Living Pets Raw Feeding Study. "Ruby eats a variety of muscle meat, fat, connective tissue (80%), bone (10%),  liver (5%) and other organs (5%). I feed between 2...

Finally firm stools

Dexter (3) is a French Bulldog from Scotland that started on a raw food diet 3.5 years old. Dexter is a participant in the Long Living Pets Raw Feeding Study. "Dexter was a polish import (we discovered he came from a puppy farm) so our concerns for his health were...

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What is animal naturopathy?

Animal Naturopathy is a therapeutic system that harnesses the healing power of nature to promote vitality and overall wellbeing in animals. This is achieved by bolstering the innate healing mechanisms of the animal.

Does holistic medicine for dogs work?

To achieve a comprehensive approach, you might discover that a mix of conventional medicine and diverse holistic techniques provides the most benefit for your canine companion. For instance, a combination of dietary adjustments and herbal remedies could alleviate digestive discomfort. Similarly, a blend of massage therapy and acupuncture might effectively alleviate joint pain in your dog.

Can naturopaths treat animals?

Naturopathy aims to improve the overall health and wellbeing of animals by healing their entire being, not just the symptoms of any disorder or disease. Natural therapies are generally safe and non-toxic, and animals tend to respond positively to them.

What is a holistic approach for pets?

Veterinarians who practice holistic medicine take into account a pet’s overall well-being, utilizing both conventional and alternative therapies. They incorporate lab testing and prescribed medications, as well as acupuncture, massage, and herbal remedies to promote the health of pets.

How do you treat dogs holistically?

Holistic health for dogs considers the whole being, mind, body, and spirit and seeks to achieve balance and harmony within. It is a call to action to explore alternative and complementary methods, such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, herbal remedies, and many others, to enhance and maintain their well-being.

Can Reiki heal animals?
.Reiki has the ability to help animals who have experienced trauma to relax and experience a strong sense of wellbeing. This is crucial for promoting healing of the body, mind, and spirit, and also serves as the first step towards healing the relationship between animals and humans.
Do naturopaths use herbal medicine?

Naturopathic doctors utilize a range of therapies and techniques, including nutrition, behavior modification, herbal medicine, homeopathy, and acupuncture.

How does acupuncture work in dogs?
Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) includes acupuncture, which aims to restore the body’s energy balance to facilitate healing. This technique involves inserting fine needles into specific points on a dog’s body, known as acupuncture points, where nerves and blood vessels meet.


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Thomas Sandberg CSAN, CCNC, AADP

Thomas Sandberg CSAN, CCNC, AADP

Thomas Sandberg is a board certified animal naturopath and carnivore nutritionist. He founder of Long Living Pets Research Projects, a 30-year observational study into raw-fed dogs and cats. Thomas also consults in animal naturopathy, including the prevention of chronic diseases and longevity using all-natural modalities. With more than 20 years of experience with hundreds of cancer cases, he has a deep understanding of why so many dogs and cats get cancer today and how we can lower the risk significantly.

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