Promoting & Maintaining Wellness Part 8 – Trust

Meshach and Dr. Kim

By Dr. Kim Bloomer, co-founder of the American Council of Animal Naturopathy

Trust. We all want it. We all desire to be trustworthy. It’s not by accident this is probably the most critical part of all the laws of health. All the previous components of wellness: nutrition, exercise, pure water, sunshine, moderation, fresh air, and rest hinge upon this one thing: trust. ALL of the components of maintaining and promoting health build upon and depend upon all the others and that requires trusting them regardless of what things appear to be like on the surface. 

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Promoting & Maintaining Wellness Part 7 – Rest

puppies sleeping in garden

By Dr. Jeannie Thomason, co-founder of the American Council of Animal Naturopathy

Rest is one of the 8 laws of health which is often overlooked and yet its  benefits are vital for promoting and maintaining wellness.

Rest plays a major role in our companion animal’s good health (as well as our own) and well-being throughout his or her entire life. Getting enough rest and quality sleep can actually help protect their mental, physical and emotional health determining their quality of life.

Proper rest and good sleep are required to truly thrive in life.

Rest, and especially good sleep is involved in healing and repairing of the heart and blood vessels, cell renewal, maintaining a healthy balance of hormones, detoxification and enhances learning and problem-solving skills.  The immune system relies on rest and sleep to stay healthy. The immune system defends the body against foreign or harmful substances.

Sleep helps the brain work properly. While your animals are sleeping, their brain is forming new pathways to help them learn and remember information, especially the information gained prior to sleeping.

Animal and human studies alike, suggest that the quantity and quality of sleep have a profound impact on learning and memory. Research suggests that sleep helps learning and memory. Sleep itself has a role in the consolidation of memory, which is essential for learning new information. It has recently been found that when training a young animal (puppies in particular), that if the animal can take a nap or go to sleep just after the training session that the next time you work on training you find that puppy has much quicker responses and has remembered the response you were training for.

The average dog sleeps for about 12 to 14 hours per 24-hour cycle. That’s just the beginning, though. Puppies, who expend a lot of energy exploring and learning may need as much as 18 to 20 hours of sleep!

A dog’s sleep cycle affects their mood, just as our sleep cycle can affect our own moods.  If the dog is not getting sleep in a dark, quiet place, it can affect the way they interact with us and other dogs.  Good, proper sleep is important for a good night’s sleep in order to create positive pack interactions.

A dog’s natural instincts tell them to sleep in quiet dark places. If possible, give them a bed in a room where there are no electronic devices or lights on.  Use room darkening shades or drapes if you need to and turn off the TV, phone and computer for a good nights rest. Another way to ensure your dog is getting enough sleep is to make sure they are getting enough exercise while they are awake; a tired dog is a sleepy dog!

Horses, who can sleep both standing up and lying down, can doze and enter light sleep while standing, an adaptation from life as a prey animal in the wild. Horses do not need a solid unbroken period of sleep time. They obtain needed sleep by many short periods of rest. Horses may spend anywhere from four to fifteen hours a day in standing rest, and from a few minutes to several hours lying down. However, not all of this time is the horse asleep; total sleep time in a day is said to range from several minutes to two hours. Experts state that horses only require approximately two and a half hours of sleep, on average, in a 24-hour period and that most of this sleep occurs in many short intervals of about 15 minutes each.

Rest from work – agility, hunting, dog shows, the noise, the excitement, etc. will do wonders to relieve stress and bring a calm healing vibrational frequency to the body.

Proper rest and sleep is critical to promoting and maintaining wellness!

Here is a podcast we did recently on the last five laws of health including rest for further insights:

Promoting & Maintaining Wellness Part 6 – Air

Schatzie in the cold morning air

By Dr. Kim Bloomer, co-founder of the American Council of Animal Naturopathy

In my previous post on water I stated that there are two things we can only live for a very short time without and water is one of them. The second thing is air – and we can only live at the most a few MINUTES without that! AND just like water, not all air these days is created equal – wait what? Yes, thanks to the added chemicals being put into it – yes you hear me correctly.

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Promoting & Maintaining Wellness Part 5 – Moderation/Temperance

By Dr. Jeannie Thomason VND, co-founder of the American Council of Animal Naturopathy

Moderation – The Key to Health and Longevity

The 5th law of health is: Temperance or known more today as “moderation”.

“Everything in moderation.” Nothing holds more truth than this ancient phrase which reminds us to calm exaggerative tendencies, to not go to extremes in anything.

There are many actions we can take to promote great health in both our own lives as well as our companion animals.We often tend to overlook some of the simplest and most obvious though.

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Sharing Holiday Meals With Our Pets

By Dr. Jeannie Thomason, co-founder of the American Council of Animal Naturopathy

Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations are holidays meant for gathering around the dinner table with family and friends to share in your thanks for all that you have. For most pet owners, the dog and cat are valued members of the family and saying ‘no’ to their pleading eyes may be something you find hard to resist. We may even be tempted to share the family feast with our dogs in an offering of thanks and love. However …

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Earthing For Pets

By Dr. Jeannie Thomason, Vice President and co-founder of The American Council of Animal Naturopathy.

Just like us, our pets are bioelectrical beings whose bodies function electrically.

The Earth is an electrical planet, vibrating with healthy frequencies and a slight negative surface charge required for a healthy immune system. The word “negative” in this context means an abundance of electrons that can move quickly and reduce charge.

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Promoting & Maintaining Wellness Part 4 – Water

American Bully in his swimming pool

By Dr. Kim Bloomer, co-founder of the American Council of Animal Naturopathy

There are two things we can only live for a very short time without and water is one of them. However, not all water these days is equal thanks to the added chemicals being put into it.

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Promoting & Maintaining Wellness Part 3 – Sunlight

By Dr. Jeannie Thomason, co-founder of the American Council of Animal Naturopathy

Just as nutrition and exercise are vital for true wellness for our companion animals, time out in the sunlight is just as vital. Especially in today’s lifestyle where our companion animals spend the majority of their days cooped up in the house, or in a stall while we are gone at work.

Sunlight consists of many different frequencies of light; each one has its own unique healing power! 

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Promoting & Maintaining Wellness, Part 2 – Exercise

Great Dane chasing frisbee

By Dr. Kim Bloomer, Co-founder of the American Council of Animal Naturopathy

Dr. Jeannie began this series on the laws of health last week on nutrition. The second law of health is Exercise.  

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Why Natural Health?

Shadrach the Neo Mastiff

by Dr. Kim Bloomer, Co-Founder of the American Council of Animal Naturopathy

You’ve come to this site. You are reading the blog posts. Maybe checking out the newsletter. Considering taking some classes or even becoming certified in animal naturopathy. The question begs, why? What intrigued or interested you to search out natural health in the first place?

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