Natural Health Care for Animals BAG218

Care for Animals the 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.

In this course, you'll study natural treatments, common problems, and holistic health care. You'll also complete a short case study project.

Course Duration: 100 hours

Course Structure

There are 8 lessons in this course.

  1. Introduction to Natural Animal Health Care
    • Limitations of Conventional Medicine
    • Holistic Treatments
    • Homeopathy
    • Flower Essences
    • Naturopathy
    • Natural Nutrition
    • Tactile Therapy, including TCM and acupuncture
    • Benefits of Natural Health Care
    • Codes of Practice for Animal Welfare
    • Health & Safety in Veterinary Practice
  2. Signs of Ill Health
    • 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
    • The Effect of Modern Living on Domestic Animals
    • Processed Pet Foods
    • Effect of Poor Nutrition on Animal Behaviour
    • Good Nutrition for Domesticated Animals
    • Nutritional Problems in Animals
  4. Holistic Health Care
    • 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
    • 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
    • Physical Therapy
    • Equine Tactile Therapy
    • Bowen Therapy
    • Canine Myofunctional Therapy
    • Behavioural Problems
  6. Animal Diseases & Health Problems (Domestic Animals)
    • 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)
    • 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
    • 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

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Cancer in Animals

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 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. Certain exposures, behaviours, or health conditions can increase the likelihood of cancer.

Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms are often similar to those seen in human’s e.g. abnormal swellings, unexplained weight loss, lethargy/reluctance to exercise, decreased appetite, and more.

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 of the 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.

Praise for this Course:

"I would recommend this course to anybody who is interested in animals, has animals and/or likes to work with animals. This is something I can use for the rest of my life and I can also use this basic knowledge for further study. The course is very pleasant and the tutors are motivating and very fast. So all in all a great learning experience!"
Gabriele Klinnert, Australia

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