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You Can Heal Your Pet: The Practical Guide to Holistic Health and Veterinary Care Paperback – May 4, 2015
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Dr Rohini Sathish MRCVS is an award-winning holistic and integrative veterinary surgeon with 21 years' experience. She has been nominated for Vet of the Year 2015, and lives in Cheshire, UK.
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Written by Animal Healer Elizabeth Whiter and Veterinary Surgeon and Animal Healer Dr Rohini Sathish.
This book is a valuable compass to navigate through many questions we encounter as a pet guardian AND equally as a source of inspiration.
“What can I do when my pet shows signs of tiredness, boredom, refusing food, or illness?” The authors show a way out of it, underlining the fact though, that whatever symptom your pet shows, your vet is to be addressed first to check what’s what. Then, secondly and to support the process and maintain great health in your animal, we gain a structured view on how we can move toward a wholesome and more holistic approach where our pets are concerned. Thus so through:
• well-chosen and non-processed food
• allowing our pets to self-select food, smells (through infused oils, honey, herbs and lightly cooked vegetables)
• healing time: spending quality time with your pet, offering and giving back some of the unconditional love we are receiving of them and are
blessed with every day.
YOU CAN HEAL YOUR PET is a book to read through from beginning to end, to get an in-depth idea about what healing means and to get some appetite as for going for it AND apply it. It is also a book to browse through a certain chapter only, looking for inspiration and help for our pets, and - last not least - it is a compendium to look up things specifically, as symptoms and help for illnesses, for instance. And moreover, one of its main aims is to empower the pet owner to be inspired and find out what their pets want and need to be happy and healthy. Amongst many aspects (see overview in chart below) the authors give insights into the demands of a modern veterinarian practice and offer valuable advice here also: Such as stepping up as an equal and informed pet owner with a curious and open mind, having your best pet’s interests at heart. Because you can. And because it matters.
The book is divided into four major parts and twelve chapters:
Part I: Holistic & Practical Pet Care (chapters 1-4)
Dealing with the quality of food and diets, A-Z food recipes for cats and dogs, self-made meals & treats, A-Z pet friendly herbs and how we can support our pets through herbs; harvesting herbs and what to do them
Part II: Healing and Integrated Vet Care (chapters 5-7):
How we can give healing to our pets using hands on healing, acupressure; and an A-Z reference guide as for common conditions in cats and dogs, including treatment options
Part III: Empowering the Pet Guardian (chapters 8-10)
Medication, if drugs are used, which and why; the vaccination debate – finding answers; choosing the right vet for you and your pet
Part IV: Responsible Pet Guardianship (chapters 11+12)
Giving a pet a home; adopting a rescued animal; letting go of your pet, dealing with the loss of your pet.
The whole book is written in a very concise and comprehensible style. Straight to the point, but never lacking insight and a great heart. I would like to point out a chapter I liked very much: For me “my” chapter was chapter 2. I loved the simple and efficient tips on harvesting herbs and how we can use them to support and enhance our pets’ health and beauty. Chapter 2 deals with recipes for cats and dogs you can prepare yourself, using basic ingredients you have at home.
Oh my gosh, I had so much fun!
The chicken broth for both cats and dogs has become “the” yellow box in the fridge that is always asked for, especially so by our tomcat who –consuming quite some amount of it - recovered very well from a recent and painful cat bite in his back. To treat him further I tried the Fishcake for cats…no sooner had I opened the oven and pulled out the tray, than our tomcat Carlson arrived in the kitchen! Sniffing and parading with his tail up, he demanded his share in it, jumping on my kitchen worktable. So I let the fishcake cool down a little, cut out little pieces for both of us and one piece was for him, one for me…, so scrummy!
All the recipes I have tried out so far were delicious: to the dog, the cat, or – in the absence of both – just me ☺. My first impulse on browsing the book some weeks back was to start on the infused sun- flower oils, a happy choice as I am now bottling them for usage, often feeling like an apothecary of ancient times…
It is the perfect season now to go out and harvest fruits, berries, seeds and some last herbs to store and infuse more oils and honey with…so whenever I go for a walk, I make sure I have my eyes open, my paper bag and scissors ready to collect what Nature offers me. Once started you become quite unstoppable!
What I loved while working my way through the entire book was to experience questions arise within me and to find them answered, sooner or later, e.g. food vs. sensitivities. Or, regarding the highly disputed aspect of vaccinating your pets vs. allowing social contacts etc. Another aspect I really loved about this book: It does not pretend to be something it is not. If you expect a book with lots of theoretical information about your pets -there is plenty of wonderful books out there. This was not the authors’ aim. Their focus is clearly a very practical one, as the title promises: “YOU CAN HEAL YOUR PET. The Practical Guide…”; and equally their focus is on empowering us as pet guardians. “You Can Heal Your Pet”: This is not a question, it is a statement confirming an old truth - it has all been given to us, we can all do it. Provided an open heart, a curious mind and the willingness to make life better and easier for our four-legged friends. And remembering one thing we have almost forgotten: Love heals. Our unconditional love can heal, support our four-legged where they find themselves injured, in shock, traumatized, need to be operated, etc. And, whatever is concerned, we as pet guardians have our say in it, we can be part of the healing process, we are not bystanders anymore, this feels truly supportive. Thank you so much for this book, I have long waited for something profound AND practical like it!
What I loved most about this book was how empowering the two ladies are. Sharing their knowledge and encouraging us to try and see what works for us. When you meet Elizabeth, you understand the tone of the book. She is a wonderfully inspired woman, down to earth, very empathic, very grounded and always with the animals’ best interest at her heart. She is truly amazing!
Throughout the book it became clear to me and repeatedly so: Healing is a many-layered process, including different levels of perception. It is about food, remedies, our life-style, companionship, our attitude towards our pets’ rich inner lives, unconditional love and how we can reclaim it… In fact, it is the whole package.
One more thing this book reminded me of: Whatever diet we choose for our pet, whatever lifestyle, let it be a diverse one, full of playfulness and ease. We do not want to eat the same food every day, walk the same route every day, nor do the same things over and over again every day either, so why would our pets? Let’s include diversity in our playtime, quality time, healing time.
Enjoy your time with this book and cooking some of the recipes, allowing your pets to choose for themselves what suits them…you might just be surprised! I took so much pleasure in thoroughly working my way through the book! And I wish everyone interested in making a shift from conventional thinking and pet care to a more wholesome and holistic approach to go for it and try out yourselves. It turned my half-wild tomcat into an even happier cat, enjoying life better and better and regularly asking for a healing session in my lap.
Elizabeth Whiter and Dr Rohini Sathish offer so much precious advice in this book. It’s up to us readers and pet lovers, pet guardians and friends of the animal realm to put it into practice, to apply it to our four-leggeds. The results are rewarding and speak for themselves: Happy shiny eyes, a cold wet doggie muzzle and a licking tongue still savouring past scrummies…
As Elizabeth puts it: “Everything is possible for those who believe.”
Reviewed by Ellen Braun