How do you stop pica in dogs? Ask A Vet! #7


Internationally known homeopathic veterinarian, Dr. Christina Chambreau, is a lecturer and author of the Healthy Animal’s Journal. She is also the editor of the Integrative Veterinary Care Journal. Ask her a question by leaving a comment on the Animal Wellness Magazine Facebook page. She’ll choose two questions to answer every week!

Q. I have a 12 year old Beagle (Zena) who was on Medicam when I adopted her last December. When I visited my veterinarian in February and indicated I wanted to have her on an alternative therapy to avoid the side effects from medication, she gave me Green Lipped Mussel (Osteosupport by PureAnimalWellness). This has been very successful. Can you provide some information on this product?

A. You made a great decision to look for alternatives to Medicam. Osteosupport seems like a fine product. Since it is successful, I would recommend continuing it. You did not say specifically the issues with Zena, but most problems can be completely cured by using good Chinese medicine (acupuncture and Chinese herbs), homeopathy or sometimes with an energy practice like Reiki or Quantum touch.

Osteosupport and other vitamin/mineral/herbal combinations can ease the symptoms yet allow the underlying vibrational cause to continue to deteriorate. For this reason I suggest using a deeper healing modality at the same time you are using any supplement that stops a symptom. As Zena gets deeper treatments, stop the supplement each bottle to see if symptoms recur. If they recur, start the Osteosupport again and discuss the lack of progress with the acupuncturist or homeopath.

Q. How do you get your dog to stop eating poop?!

This can certainly be a challenge for us to live with.

Eating stool, plastic, paper, dirt or other indigestibles are one of the Early Warning Signs of Internal Imbalance. When I had merely my conventional training, I would suggest commercial products to put into the food, like Forbid, or dousing stool with something that tasted bad (tobasco sauce, soap, etc). This did train some dogs to not eat stool, but rarely did anything for other forms of pica, as it is called.

Once I became trained in the holistic approaches, I realized that pica permanently disappeared when I was able to rebalance the vibrational pattern of the animal. Some guardians became trained with Sometimes switching to a raw meat diet was enough to stop the stool eating, or clients would learn to use TTouch, HTA, Reiki, or acupressure. Other dogs needed professional homeopathy, acupuncture, or chiropractic.

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