Holistic treatments for behaviour problems
Behavioural problems can have many causes. The most obvious one is previous life experiences.
Our attitude toward them determines the effect they have on us. Fears can often be overcome through condition training which involves giving a positive stimulus at the same time a negative one is perceived in order to create an overall neutral experience.
Sometimes behavioural problems are due to dietary deficiencies.
Deficiencies in Calcium, Magnesium, and Selenium, for example, can make horses very flighty and nervous. Supplementation must be done carefully as Selenium can also be toxic to the body if not needed.
Nursing mothers (especially dogs) are also more likely to become grumpy toward their offspring if their own calcium levels are low.
Dogs with fear aggression often benefit from supplementing their diet with a source of good red meat, organ meat or liver. The organ meat or liver should not exceed 20% of the diet. Acupuncture can also be of great benefit in these situations.
Aggression or grumpiness, particularly in older dogs, can also be due to underlying pain.
Environment can also be the cause of behavioural problems. For example, some horses become edgy and start cribbing due to excessive wind exposure. Others crib as they cannot get away from dominant herd mates.
Cats may develop urinary tract disease for the same reason. If a neighbouring cat is more dominant and launches surprise attacks when the cat is outside to do its business, the cat may become averse to going outside. If on top of that the litter tray is not cleaned often enough for its liking or it has to share the litter tray with other cats, it may hold its urine in making it more prone to urinary tract infections.
These are just a few examples of how our physical and social environment can affect our behaviour and cause disease. Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions, even if the behavioural challenge you or your pet are facing is not mentioned above.