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This is an overview of what Naturopathy for Animals is and the areas it is being used. If you have specific questions, please check out the FAQ list at the end if this article. It is extensive and addresses many questions related to Naturopathy for Animals.

I am passionate about being an animal naturopath, even though our profession is not highly regarded by the conventional establishment. Unfortunately, many people don’t understand the true essence of animal naturopathy and mistakenly view us as quacks using unproven remedies and modalities. However, the truth is that most of the strategies we use could easily be proven effective if they were tested through scientific studies. The problem is that natural healing strategies have little commercial value for investors conducting studies. Sadly, there is little interest in natural modalities when it comes to medicine and healing, and only those that can be patented are given attention. This is a disheartening fact for me, as I know many animals could benefit from the teachings of naturopaths.

Introduction to Naturopathy for Animals

In this article, we will explore the benefits of naturopathy for animals. We will discuss what naturopathy is, how it works, and why it is a great option for pet owners who are looking for natural ways to care for their furry friends. We will also compare naturopathy to traditional veterinary medicine and provide some tips for finding a qualified naturopathic practitioner.


Naturopathy can help your furry friend feel their best!
Naturopathy can help your furry friend feel their best!

What is Naturopathy for Animals

Naturopathy is a form of alternative medicine that uses natural remedies and therapies to promote health and healing. It is based on the principle that the body has the ability to heal itself and that by supporting the body’s natural healing processes, we can prevent and treat illness.

Naturopathic treatments for animals include a range of therapies such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, and physical therapy. These therapies are used to promote wellness and support the body’s natural healing processes.

I have many examples how effective the body is to heal itself when you provide the resources for it to do so. Please check my Instagram account where more than 400 cases are listed where dogs and cats healed themselves just by changing the diet.


How Does Naturopathy for Animals Work?

Naturopathy works for animals in much the same way as it does for humans. By providing the body with the support it needs to heal itself, we can help to prevent and treat illness in our furry friends.

Acupuncture, for example, can be used to help with pain relief, stress, and anxiety in animals. Herbal medicine can be used to treat a range of conditions such as allergies, digestive issues, and skin problems. Nutrition plays a key role in naturopathic treatment, and a qualified practitioner will work with you to develop a diet plan that meets your pet’s unique needs.


Acupuncture is just one of the natural therapies used in naturopathy for animals.

Naturopathy vs. Traditional Veterinary Medicine

Naturopathy for animals and traditional veterinary medicine are two very different approaches to pet health care. Traditional veterinary medicine focuses on treating symptoms with drugs and surgery, while naturopathy seeks to address the underlying causes of illness and promote wellness through natural remedies and therapies.

While traditional veterinary medicine has its place in pet health care, it often focuses on treating symptoms rather than addressing the root causes of illness. Naturopathy, on the other hand, seeks to support the body’s natural healing processes, which can lead to better overall health and fewer health problems in the long run.


Finding a Qualified Naturopathic Practitioner

If you’re interested in exploring naturopathic treatments for your pet, it’s important to find a qualified practitioner of Naturopathy for Animals. Look for someone who is licensed and certified in Naturopathy for Animals and has experience working with animals. 

You can also ask for referrals from other pet owners who have used naturopathic treatments for their pets. Be sure to ask about the practitioner’s experience, training, and areas of expertise.



In conclusion, Naturopathy for animals is a natural and effective way to promote pet health and wellness. By supporting the body’s natural healing processes, we can prevent and treat illness in our furry friends. If you’re interested in exploring naturopathic treatments for your pet, be sure to find a qualified practitioner who has experience working with animals. With the right care and attention, you can help your pet live a long and healthy life.


FAQ about Naturopathy for Animals
and related information.

I have compiled an extensive Q&A list from all the questions I have received over the years related to Naturopathy for Animals. If these do not answer your question, please contact me.

Are you an certified animal Naturopath?

Yes, I am Thomas Sandberg CSAN, a connoisseur of the raw, the primal, the pure. Stamped with the authority of board certification (from American Council of Animal Naturopathy), I am a passionate animal naturopath and a carnivore nutritionist, delving deep into the biological intricacies of our four-legged companions.

In my quest to decode the secret to longevity and health, I founded the Long Living Pets Research Projects. This is no ordinary study, it’s a grand 30-year voyage, an observational odyssey into the very fabric of existence for raw-fed dogs and cats. 

Not only do I traverse the academic world, but I also apply my expertise to consult in animal naturopathy. I navigate pet owners through the prevention of chronic diseases and promote longevity, but not with chemicals or artificial interventions. Instead, I prefer the use of all-natural modalities, nurturing health from the inside out, just as nature intended.

With two decades spent in the trench lines, I’ve tackled hundreds of cancer cases. Every case, every pet, has a story to tell, and from those stories, I’ve gleaned a deep understanding. I’ve peered into the abyss of why so many of our beloved dogs and cats are besieged by cancer, and I’ve emerged with the knowledge and the drive to significantly lower that risk.

Today, as the calendar reads June 24, 2023, my mission continues, powered by an unwavering belief in nature’s wisdom and an insatiable curiosity to understand, to learn, and to protect our animal companions.

2. What types of animals can benefit from naturopathic care?

Various types of animals can benefit from naturopathic care, including domestic pets such as dogs and cats, as well as potentially other household and farm animals.

It’s important to note that, as with any healthcare approach, the benefits of naturopathy can vary depending on the individual animal’s health status, lifestyle, and specific needs. My advice is to contact an animal naturopath to determine what can be done for your animal based on the condition you are trying to heal.

3. Are there any specific conditions or ailments that animal naturopathy can address?

Yes, like any other treatment approach, naturopathic treatments for animals may have potential risks or side effects. Here are a few things to consider:

  1. Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis: Without proper training and diagnostic tools, it can be difficult for those without a veterinary background to correctly identify an animal’s health issues. This could lead to misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, or failure to recognize a serious condition.
  2. Inadequate Treatment: Some conditions simply cannot be cured or managed effectively with naturopathic approaches alone. Relying on naturopathic treatments for serious or life-threatening conditions can lead to a lack of effective treatment, causing the animal’s condition to worsen.
  3. Interactions and Side Effects: Just because a treatment is natural does not mean it is always safe. Some natural products can interact negatively with other medications the animal is taking, or cause adverse reactions.
  4. Toxicity: Some plants and herbs, while beneficial for humans, can be toxic to animals. For example, certain essential oils are harmful to cats and dogs.
  5. Variability in Quality and Dosage: The strength and quality of naturopathic remedies can vary significantly. This can make it difficult to determine the correct dosage and can lead to inconsistent results.
  6. Lack of Regulatory Oversight: In many regions, the naturopathic medicine field for animals is not as tightly regulated as conventional veterinary medicine. This can result in the usage of products or treatments that have not undergone rigorous testing for safety and efficacy.

It’s important to note that some naturopathic treatments can be beneficial when used alongside conventional treatments, in what’s known as an integrative approach. However, any treatment, natural or otherwise, should be administered under the guidance of a professional with appropriate knowledge and experience. Always consult with a qualified veterinarian before starting any new treatment regimen for your pet.

4. What are the principles or philosophies behind animal naturopathy?

Animal naturopathy, also known as veterinary naturopathy, follows many of the same principles as human naturopathy. It is a holistic approach to animal health care that emphasizes prevention, natural healing, and individualized treatment. The principles behind animal naturopathy are as follows:

  1. The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae): This principle posits that the body has its inherent self-healing processes, which are empowered and supported by nature. Animal naturopaths believe that the body will naturally heal itself if provided with the right natural conditions and resources.
  2. Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle Causam): Rather than simply addressing the symptoms of a health problem, naturopathy seeks to identify and treat the underlying cause of the illness. This might involve looking at the animal’s environment, diet, and lifestyle to uncover potential sources of health issues.
  3. First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere): Animal naturopaths use therapies that are gentle, non-invasive, and effective, minimizing the risk of harmful side effects. The aim is to work in harmony with the animal’s body, rather than using treatments that might cause harm or interfere with its natural functions.
  4. Treat the Whole Animal: Animal naturopathy is a holistic approach, which means it takes into account all aspects of the animal’s health and wellbeing. This includes not just physical health, but also emotional, mental, genetic, environmental, and other factors.
  5. Prevention is the Best Cure: Rather than waiting for disease to develop and then treating it, animal naturopaths focus on promoting health and preventing disease. This might involve advising on diet, exercise, stress management, and other lifestyle factors.
  6. Doctor as Teacher (Docere): In naturopathy, the practitioner is seen not only as a healer, but also as an educator. Animal naturopaths aim to educate pet owners about how to maintain and improve their pets’ health, so that they can make informed decisions about their care.
  7. Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: Health is more than just the absence of disease. Animal naturopaths work to promote optimum health and wellness in animals, as well as to prevent the onset of disease. They emphasize a healthy diet, plenty of exercise, clean water, exposure to fresh air, and minimal stress.


Remember that animal naturopathy should not replace conventional veterinary care. It can, however, be used as a complementary approach. Always consult with a qualified veterinary professional about your animal’s health.

6. How can I find a qualified and reputable animal naturopath in my area?

 Finding a qualified and reputable animal naturopath can involve several steps. Here’s how you can go about it:

  1. Referrals: Ask your friends, family members, or co-workers who own pets if they have any recommendations. Personal experiences often provide the most reliable reviews.
  2. Veterinary Clinics: Some veterinarians might also have connections to naturopathic specialists. If you have a vet you trust, ask them for their opinion or a referral.
  3. Pet Stores and Local Pet Groups: Local pet supply stores or pet groups can also be a good source of information. They often know about local professionals and services that you might not find online.
  4. Online Research: Conduct an online search for animal naturopaths in your area. Look for ones who have good reviews and a strong online presence. Review their website carefully to understand their philosophy, qualifications, and services.
  5. Professional Organizations: Check with professional organizations such as the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA) or others relevant to your location. They often have directories of practitioners.
  6. Interview Potential Naturopaths: Once you have a few potential options, contact them. Ask about their qualifications, experience, approach to treatment, and any other questions you might have.
  7. Check Qualifications: Ensure the naturopath has relevant qualifications in their field. They should have studied animal naturopathy, veterinary medicine, or a related field, and should be able to provide proof of their qualifications.
  8. Ask For References: Reputable practitioners should be able to provide you with references from previous clients. Follow up on these references to get a better idea of the practitioner’s skills and reputation.
  9. Visit the Clinic: If possible, visit the clinic or office. The environment should be clean, professional, and welcoming.
  10. Trust Your Gut: Lastly, remember to trust your instincts. Your pet will be spending time with this person, so it’s important you feel comfortable with them.

Remember, it’s important to continue regular veterinary checkups even when using naturopathic remedies. A good animal naturopath will work alongside traditional veterinarians to ensure your pet is getting the best overall care.

7. What types of treatments or therapies are commonly used in animal naturopathy?

Animal naturopathy, also known as holistic or natural pet care, is a system of alternative healthcare that emphasizes the body’s innate ability to heal itself. This system of treatment seeks to foster health and well-being by focusing on the whole animal – body, mind, and spirit – rather than just treating the symptoms of disease. Here are some of the most common treatments and therapies used in animal naturopathy:

  1. Herbal Medicine: This uses plants and plant extracts to treat a variety of health conditions. Herbs can be given orally or applied topically, depending on the condition being treated.
  2. Homeopathy: This is based on the principle of “like cures like.” In other words, a substance that can cause symptoms in a healthy animal can be used in small amounts to treat an animal with similar symptoms.
  3. Acupuncture: This traditional Chinese practice involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body to balance the flow of energy or “qi”. It can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including pain and gastrointestinal issues.
  4. Chiropractic Care: This involves adjusting the spine and other joints to improve the nervous system function. It is often used to treat musculoskeletal issues in animals.
  5. Massage Therapy: This can help to relieve tension, improve circulation, stimulate the lymphatic system, and enhance the overall well-being of an animal.
  6. Nutritional Therapy: A diet rich in natural, unprocessed foods is often recommended in animal naturopathy. Nutritional therapy can include the use of dietary supplements, vitamins, and minerals to support overall health and well-being.
  7. Aromatherapy: Essential oils can be used to calm an anxious animal, promote healing of skin conditions, and help with other health issues.
  8. Energy Healing Modalities: Practices such as Reiki, Quantum Touch, or Healing Touch are used to balance an animal’s energy field and promote healing.
  9. Physical Therapy: Similar to its application in human medicine, physical therapy can help animals recover from injury, surgery, or chronic illness, enhancing mobility and strength.
  10. Hydrotherapy: Water-based therapies can aid in rehabilitation, especially for conditions like arthritis or after orthopedic surgeries.

As with any form of treatment, it’s essential that the appropriate therapies are selected based on the individual animal’s needs. Always consult with a professional before starting any new treatment regimen for a pet.

8. Can naturopathy be used as a complementary approach alongside traditional veterinary care?

Absolutely, naturopathy can be used as a complementary approach alongside traditional veterinary care for pets, similar to how it is often used in human health care. The principles of naturopathy, including the use of natural therapies, promoting the body’s ability to heal, and prevention of disease, can all be applied to animals.

However, it’s essential to remember that any complementary therapies should be discussed and agreed upon with your veterinarian before implementation. This is to ensure that the therapies are safe and appropriate for your pet, and won’t interfere with any other ongoing treatments or medications.

Here are a few examples of how naturopathic principles might be incorporated into veterinary care:

  1. Diet and Nutrition: Many naturopathic approaches emphasize the importance of a balanced and appropriate diet. For animals, this might mean feeding a diet that’s more closely aligned with what their wild ancestors would eat. It could also involve the use of specific foods or supplements for their therapeutic properties. In my practice, I always recommend as a first step to switch to a species-appropriate diet. When it comes to dogs and cats, that is a raw food diet. Often just by doing this, the healing process starts on its own. If you go to my Instagram account you can read over 400 stories when this took place. Just by switching the diet to raw meat and bones, these pets restored their health and thrived. You can find me on IG: @longlivingpets 
  2. Herbal Remedies: Many herbs have medicinal properties and can be used to support the health of pets, much like they can be used in people. However, it’s important to remember that not all herbs that are safe for humans are safe for pets, so professional advice should always be sought.
  3. Physical Therapy: Practices like massage, chiropractic care, or acupuncture can be used alongside conventional veterinary treatments to manage pain, improve mobility, or support healing after injury or surgery.
  4. Homeopathy: Homeopathic remedies are sometimes used in veterinary care, although there is ongoing debate about their effectiveness.
  5. Lifestyle changes: Just like in humans, stress can have a big impact on the health of pets. Naturopathy may involve making changes to a pet’s environment or routine to reduce stress and promote wellbeing.

These approaches must be tailored to the individual animal, taking into account their species, breed, age, health status, and lifestyle. They should also be based on the best available evidence and regularly reassessed to ensure they are effective and not causing harm. Any form of treatment, including naturopathy, should always be done under the supervision of a trained professional.

9. Are there any dietary recommendations or nutritional guidelines for animals receiving naturopathic care?

Naturopathic practitioners believe in species-specific nutrition. For dogs, that might mean a diet mimicking what wolves eat in the wild. Cats, as obligate carnivores, would need a meat-rich diet. The right nutrition not only prevents illness but also supports recovery, maintaining overall health, and longevity.

In naturopathic care, the dietary guidelines for animals can often align with those for humans, emphasizing a holistic, balanced, and natural diet. However, specifics will depend on the type of animal, breed, age, health status, and specific needs. Here are some general dietary guidelines that might apply to a naturopathic approach:

  1. Whole, unprocessed foods: As much as possible, aim to feed your pets foods that are minimally processed. This often means homemade uncooked meals.
  2. Balanced nutrition: Just like humans, animals require a balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fats in their diet. The specific proportions may vary depending on the species and individual needs. For example, dogs and cats require a higher proportion of protein compared to humans.
  3. Variety: To ensure your pet is getting a broad range of nutrients, it’s important to provide a variety of foods. This can include different types of meats, For example, rotating between chicken, beef, and fish can provide a broader range of amino acids and other nutrients than feeding only one type of meat.
  4. Supplements: Depending on your pet’s health status and diet, some supplements may be beneficial. For instance, fish oil can provide essential omega-3 fatty acids, and probiotics can support gut health. However, it’s essential to talk to a vet or pet nutrition expert before starting any supplement regimen to ensure it’s safe and necessary.
  5. Hydration: Ensure your pet has access to fresh, clean water at all times. Some pets, like cats, may not drink enough water if they are fed primarily dry food. In these cases, wet food or a pet fountain can encourage more hydration.
  6. Specific dietary needs: Certain breeds, ages, or health conditions may require specific dietary adjustments. For example, older pets may need more less food, while animals with kidney issues may require a low-protein diet. An animal naturopath can provide guidance on these specific needs.
  7. Avoid toxic foods: Some foods that are safe for humans can be toxic to pets. For example, chocolate, grapes, and onions can be harmful to dogs, while cats should avoid foods like onions and garlic.

Remember, before making any significant changes to your pet’s diet or starting any naturopathic treatments, it’s important to consult with a vet or a pet nutrition expert. They can provide guidance based on your pet’s specific needs and health status.

10. Are there any success stories or testimonials from animal owners who have used naturopathic treatments?

If you visit my Instagram page you will see more than 400 pets that benefited from a holistic approach to resolve their health conditions. In most cases just switching the diet to a raw food diet resolve the issues.  

11. Are there any scientific studies or research that support the effectiveness of animal naturopathy?

Research and studies have been conducted on the application and effects of veterinary naturopathy and complementary medicine. One such study conducted in Germany investigated the use of various naturopathic modalities and complementary medicine treatments among veterinary practitioners. The survey incorporated a range of treatment modalities, including homeopathy, phytotherapy, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), biophysical treatments, manual treatments, Bach Flower Remedies, neural therapy, homotoxicology, organotherapy, and hirudotherapy.

While the provided information does not include the final outcomes of the study, it demonstrates that these practices are being implemented by a number of veterinary professionals. This is an indication that they are being taken seriously in the field of veterinary medicine.

Moreover, a systematic review was undertaken to evaluate the effectiveness of whole-system, multi-modality naturopathic medicine in treating various clinical conditions. The review included 33 published studies from multiple countries and showed evidence of the efficacy of naturopathic medicine for the conditions in which they were used. Although the review was more broadly focused and not limited to animal naturopathy, it does offer some support for the concept of multi-modality naturopathic treatments.

Overall, these pieces of research suggest that there is ongoing investigation into the effectiveness of veterinary naturopathy and complementary medicine. However, given the complex and individualized nature of these practices, further rigorous scientific studies are needed to provide more concrete evidence of their efficacy and safety in treating various animal health conditions. As with all medical treatments, it’s crucial that pet owners consult with a professional veterinary practitioner before starting any new treatment regimen for their pets.



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12. Can animal naturopathy help with behavioral issues in pets?

This is a very interesting question. From the feedback I have received from participants in my study, I believe it can. In particular, changing the diet has, in several cases caused the dog to become calmer; some report more alert. Some even use the word more intelligent in the sense they feel their animal listens and learns things faster. These are all observations. I’m not aware of any studies done on this. But it makes sense since feeding a raw food diet does improve overall health.

Animal naturopathy, which emphasizes natural remedies, diet, and lifestyle choices, could potentially play a role in addressing behavioral issues in pets. This approach might not directly treat a behavioral issue but can indirectly support general well-being and, therefore, potentially aid in managing behavior-related issues.

One of the key principles of naturopathy is that physical and mental health are inseparable, and both play a crucial role in determining quality of life [2]. Naturopathic interventions, such as dietary changes or natural remedies, might help improve a pet’s physical health, which can in turn impact their mental health. For example, if a pet is in pain due to a physical ailment, the discomfort might cause them to act out or exhibit changes in behavior. By addressing the physical issue through naturopathic means, you may see an improvement in the pet’s behavior.

Furthermore, there is some research suggesting that pets, like humans, can have personality traits that impact their behavior [3]. Similar to humans, traits like neuroticism, agreeableness, conscientiousness, extraversion, and openness can play a role in a pet’s behavioral issues. A naturopathic approach that considers these traits might help tailor an individualized plan for each pet to manage behavior-related issues.

However, it’s important to note that while naturopathic methods can be part of a holistic approach to managing behavioral issues in pets, these methods should not replace professional advice from certified animal behaviorists or veterinary behaviorists. Behavioral issues in pets can be complex and multi-faceted, involving factors like underlying medical conditions, environmental stimuli, and learned behaviors. Professional pet behaviorists have specialized knowledge and expertise in handling these issues and can offer evidence-based interventions and advice [1].

Overall, animal naturopathy can contribute to the well-being of your pet and may indirectly influence behavior, but it is recommended to seek professional advice for managing behavioral issues in pets.



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TITLE: Personality traits associated with behavioral problems in pet dogs

13. Are there any natural remedies or treatments that can help with common ailments such as allergies, arthritis, or digestive problems in animals?

Again, for all these issues, the first thing to do would be to feed a species-appropriate diet. From my experience over the last 20 years, there is nothing else that can put a dog or cat on the track to healing better than feeding what their digestive system is designed for. That is a raw food diet. This will build a foundation for healing and adding other holistic remedies will work much better.

Certain natural remedies may potentially provide some relief for common ailments such as allergies, arthritis, or digestive problems in animals. These remedies generally rely on herbs, diet modification, exercise, and other natural practices. However, it’s essential to note that while some studies and anecdotal evidence support these natural remedies, they should not replace veterinary care but rather complement it. Always consult a veterinarian before starting any new treatment plan for your pet.

  • Herbal Remedies: Many herbs have been used for medicinal purposes, some of which may be beneficial for animals [1][2]. Some examples include:
    • Chamomile is commonly used for its calming effects, potentially beneficial for anxiety-related issues.
    • Ginger can be used for nausea and digestive problems.
    • Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, which may help alleviate joint pain and inflammation in arthritis.
    • Echinacea is often used to support immune health.


  • Other Remedies I use daily. 
    • Boron is an excellent mineral to add to the diet for prevention and reversal of arteritis. It have become my favorite remedy for all sorts of joint issues. More about Boron here
    • Colloidal Silver is probably my all-time favorite. it works wonders for bacterial and viral infections. I take this daily and so does my animals. You can read more about Colloidal Silver here

    However, not all herbs are safe for all animals, and the dosage can significantly vary. Always consult a vet before giving your pet any herbal remedies.

  • Diet Modification: Adjusting an animal’s diet may potentially alleviate certain ailments. For instance, a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids might help reduce inflammation and benefit pets with arthritis. Probiotics might aid pets with digestive issues. Always consult a vet for proper dietary advice and changes.
  • Exercise: Many do not realize how important exercise is. After feeding the right diet, I believe exercise is the most important activity for achieving a healthy body (homeostasis). The main reason for this is that exercise activates the lymphatic system, a vital system that eliminates toxins and chemicals in the body.  Regular, moderate-intensity exercise may also help reduce allergic reactions, including respiratory allergies, in some animals [3]. The general benefits of exercise, such as weight control and increased overall health, can also indirectly help alleviate some ailments.
  • Nasal Irrigation: Nasal irrigation may provide relief for animals with respiratory allergies, though this technique requires a vet’s guidance and supervision for safe and effective application [3].

Remember that natural remedies may help manage symptoms but are not guaranteed cures. The effectiveness can vary widely between individual animals. Not all natural remedies are safe for all animals, so always consult a vet before trying any new treatment. Moreover, these remedies are not intended to replace traditional veterinary care. If your pet is unwell, a consultation with a veterinarian should be your first course of action.

14. Can naturopaths treat animals?

Naturopathy focuses on treating the entire animal to balance their overall health and wellbeing, rather than just addressing symptoms of disorder or disease. Natural therapies are typically safe and non-toxic, and most animals tend to respond positively to them.

15. What is holistic care for animals?

Holistic care involves treating the entire pet, taking into account their nutrition, environment, genetics, behavior, and medical history. This approach is centered on love, empathy, and respect, and treats each animal as an individual.

16. What are cons of naturopathy?

It is important to be aware that the vitamins and herbal supplements utilized in naturopathic treatment could potentially impact the effectiveness of traditional medications. Certain herbal remedies may also result in negative side effects or interact negatively with prescription drugs.

17. Why naturopathy is controversial?
The field of naturopathy is a topic of debate. While it has gained acceptance and popularity, some consider it a controversial therapy since it doesn’t rely on science-based medicine like conventional medicine does. Naturopaths tend to avoid surgery and drugs, instead opting for non-invasive approaches.
18. What is the criticism of naturopathy?

Some of the naturopathic treatments provided by practitioners, including homeopathy, rolfing, and iridology, are often regarded as pseudoscience or fraudulent. Stephen Barrett, who runs QuackWatch and the National Council Against Health Fraud, has expressed his belief that naturopathy is overly simplistic and that its methods are filled with quackery.

19. Is animal naturopathy becoming more popular?

Based on my observations over the past 20 years, it appears that animal naturopathy is gaining popularity. More and more people are interested in natural approaches to pet healthcare, such as feeding a healthy diet and exploring other natural remedies for their animals. However, some pet owners still rely on prescription drugs and traditional veterinary care, even though natural alternatives may be just as effective. Despite this, it’s clear that the trend toward natural pet care is on the rise.

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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