By studying this course you will learn to look after your pets and farm animals in a more natural way.
Modern veterinary medicine often focuses heavily on invasive treatments which respond to a situation only after it has become very serious. Animals have a natural immune system though, which can often resist infections before they even start to become a problem; provided appropriate husbandry techniques are in place. The first step toward a more natural management of animal health, should be two pronged:
- Minimize risk of infection by keeping the animal well fed and watered, in an appropriate environment, and away from sources of infection
- Inspect the animal regularly, knowing what to look for; and react quickly to control problems as soon as they are detected; and before they become unmanageable through more natural and less invasive controls.
The course was developed by a team of highly qualified and experienced animal health experts in conjunction with professionally qualified experts in animal welfare and natural therapies. It is a unique course, developed and tutored by unique people. The course covers holistic therapies such as naturopathy, homeopathy, herbal treatments, tactile therapy, and natural nutrition and discusses a range of conditions that affect domestic animals and provides a range of natural ideas and solutions for treating these conditions.
Course Content and Structure
There are 8 lessons in this course:
1. Introduction to Natural Animal Health Care
This lesson covers: Limitations of Conventional Medicine, Holistic Treatments, Homeopathy, Flower Essences, Naturopathy, Natural Nutrition, Tactile Therapy (Massage, Equine Tactile Therapy, Bowen Therapy, Canine Myofunctional Therapy, Physiotherapy, Shiatsu, Reflexology, Osteopathy, Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Microcurrent, Microwave Therapies,
Ayurvedic Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine), Benefits of Natural Health Care, Codes of Practice for Animal Welfare, Health & Safety in Veterinary Practice (Separating Animals, Infectious Diseases, Containing Disease, Disposal of Dead/Infected Tissues, Dangerous non-Animal Wastes, Storage & Handling of Supplements/Equipment).
2. Signs of Ill Health
This lesson covers: Normal Vital Signs, Recognising ill health, Disease Diagnosis, Homeopathic Remedies, Signs of Shock, Signs of Internal Bleeding, Signs of Poisoning, First Aid
3. Natural Nutrition for Animals
This lesson covers: The effect of Modern Living on Domestic Animals, Processed Pet Foods, Affect of Poor Nutrition on Animal Behaviour, Good Nutrition for Domesticated Animals (Carbohydrates, Protein, Fats/Lipids, Minerals, Vitamins, Supplements, Recipes); Nutritional Problems in Animals (Allergies, Dermatitis, Overweight, Underweight, Liver Disease, Livestock (Mineral supplements for farm animals, Nutritional Supplements)
4. Holistic Health Care
This lesson covers: - Maintaining Health, Creating a Healthy Environment (Domestic pets, Livestock); Health Maintenance, Preventing Arthritis in Dogs, The Vaccination Debate, Pet Dental Care, Flea Control, Disease Prevention in Livestock, Preventing Disease in Poultry, Avian Influenza
5. Holistic Health Care
This lesson covers: - Treating Health Problems, Naturopathic Treatment, Homeopathic Treatment, Herbalism, Treating Common Ailments (Arthritis, Skin Problems, Digestive Complaints, Diabetes, Dental Problems ); Pain Management, Identifying Pain, Pain Relief Medication, Herbal Treatments, Homeopathy, Flower Essences; Physical Therapy, Equine Tactile Therapy, Bowen Therapy, Canine Myofunctional Therapy, Behavioural Problems (Dogs-excessive barking, digging, aggression, phobias; Cats ... urine spraying, scratching furniture, aggression; Birds)
6. Animal Diseases & Health Problems (Domestic Animals)
This lesson covers: Dogs,Distemper, Heartworm, Parvo virus, Hydatid Disease, Cats,Ringworm, Feline Aids - Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, Hairballs, Feline Herpes Virus or Cat Flu; Rodents - Respiratory problems and Mycoplasma, Abscesses, Reptiles - Mouth Rot or Canker (Stomatitis); cytoparasites (Mites), Pneumonia, Fish, Cage Birds
7. Animal Diseases & Health Problems (Livestock)
This lesson covers: Notifiable Diseases, Control of Internal Parasites, Horses (Tetanus, Lock Jaw, Strangles, Parasites, Colic, Equine Influenza); Cattle (Parasites, Mastitis), Pigs (Exudative Epidermitis of pigs (Greasy Pig), Leptospirosis, Parasites); Sheep (Enterotoxemia (Pulpy Kidney), Cutaneous Myiasis (Blow Fly strike)), Poultry (Newcastle Disease (NCD), Yolk Sac Infection, Infectious Bronchitis (IB))
8. Animal Health Care Case Study Research Project
This lesson covers: Evaluate symptoms of ill-health displayed by an animal, determine the problem and decide on a natural course of treatment for the specific health problem suffered by the animal. Develop a management plan that the owner of the animal can undertake to help treat the problem and relieve associated pain and discomfort.
Course Duration -This course involves 100 hours of self paced study.
Do Animals Suffer Cancer?
Cancer can be just as much of a problem in animals as it is in humans. It is important to an animal's wellbeing for you to understand the signs of cancer and the options for it's treatment.
Cancer is an uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells. Some forms of cancer may be slow-growing and removable or ‘benign’. Other forms have the ability to spread to other sites in the body, which are often far from the original site, and are known as ‘malignant’. This happens when cancer cells enter the blood or lymph vessels and are then carried to other organs. There are many different types of cancer found in animals. Cancer can affect any area of the body and any body system. Cancers of the skin, lymph nodes, gastrointestinal tract, blood and bone are common in dogs. Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in companion animals such as dogs and cats. It is more common in animals that live 10 years or longer.
Animals Affected – Any animal can be affected – domestic and wild
Signs and Symptoms - Symptoms are often similar to those seen in human’s e.g. abnormal swellings, unexplained weight loss, lethargy / reluctance to exercise etc.
Traditional Treatment - If treatment is appropriate this may include chemotherapy and surgery or radiotherapy.
Natural Treatment- Homeopathy and acupuncture have been noted to relieve adverse symptoms caused by chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Homeopaths have also described observations that tumors recede from the use of homeopathic treatment and have, from time to time, documented long-term recoveries from cancer in response to homeopathic treatment.
CANCER in the EYE
Ocular squamous cell carcinoma (Cancer eye) is a type of skin cancer that occurs around the eye and eyelids of affected animals. If left untreated the tumor can spread, invading the entire eyeball and other parts of the face. The disease occurs more frequently in animals that have an un-pigmented conjunctiva or skin around the eye and are between the ages of 3 and 7 years old. Genetic predisposition and prolonged exposure to ultra-violet light are also thought to be causative factors. Incidences of cancer eye are more prevalent during and after periods of drought, due to long hours spent grazing in the direct sunlight. It has also been suggested that a high level of nutrition and a subsequent high growth rate increases the risk of cancer eye developing.
Animals Affected – Cattle – common in Herefords and white faced Friesian’s.
Signs and Symptoms – White or pink growths on the upper, lower or third eyelid or on the edge of the coloured part of the eyeball itself.
Traditional Treatment – Removal of the lesion via surgery, hyperthermy or cryosurgery as appropriate. Removal of the whole eye may be necessary in some cases.
Natural Treatment – Animal over the age of 3 years should be routinely checked for signs of the disease. Do not breed from affected stock.
....this is an extract from a book called Animal Health, written by staff at ACS Distance Education.