How To Care For Your Sheep Naturally
What natural therapies can help sheep?
A variety of different therapies can be used to care for sheep naturally - this includes the following popular therapies:
- Bach Flower Remedies
- Crystal therapy
- Herbal Remedies
- Zoopharmacognosy (aromatherapy)
(Click on each therapy name above to go to the advice page, explaining more about it!).
Why Use Natural Therapies To Help Sheep?
Just because a therapy is 'natural' doesn't mean it's less likely to work. Whether your sheep are being kept on an organic basis or not, a natural approach can help the sheep to be happier and be healthier. Is it more expensive? Well it depends on what the ailment is of course - but it's not necessarily more expensive and could actually save more money in the long-run.
The human relationship with sheep can be different to animals. With them not being seen so much as pets (although of course they are to many people too!). But whether you're keeping sheep on a commercial basis or not, there's probably a place for some natural approaches to help.
Many of you may breed sheep with the purpose of going to agricultural shows to showcase the quality of your stock and hopefully win too! You can use 'natural' grooming products - e.g. Aloe Vera, to help get your sheep gleaming for the show ring!
5 Top Natural Therapies To Help Care For Your Sheep
- Homeopathy - Veterinary homeopathy can help with skin complaints. Digestive issues. And other sheep ailments. There are many veterinary surgeon's who've completed specialist homeopathy training, so understand which remedies to use.
- Herbal Remedies - There are many different herbs that can be used to help with many sheep ailments.
- Zoopharmacognosy - Sometimes known as animal aromatics. The use of essential oils can help with emotional and skin issues, amongst other things.
- Reiki - If you take your sheep to shows, or your sheep are scared of the vet? Or just find any medical/care procedure tricky? Then this energy therapy can help your sheep feel calmer and more relaxed.
- Bach Flower Remedies - there are 38 different remedies. All natural. And can help with emotions. So if your sheep is recovering from illness. Or has a reason to be upset, or is a bit too bossy! Then there'll be a remedy to help!
Which Approach Will Work Best?
Sheep are like any animal - and what works for one may not necessarily work for another - and vice versa. A veterinary surgeon will be able to diagnose and advise on the best treatment plan for your sheep. Many veterinary surgeons have an interest in/specialise in holistic therapies and also complementary therapists for animals work with farm animals and will be able to advise what could be helpful.
Remember that a complementary therapist will always need your Vet's permission before treating your animal, and regular liaison between the two professionals can often bring greater results to your animal's health.
Other information To Help Sheep Naturally
Homeopathy at Wellie Level (HAWL)
BBC article - Sheep hydrotherapy
Like advice on where to find a therapist for your animal? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org - we're happy to help!
Get more information on how to help care for your animal holistically by having a look through our other holistic care for animals advice pages:
- Equine Laminitis and Ways to Help Holistically
- Helping Pets Cope with Loud Noises
- Helping Horses, Ponies and Donkeys with Mud Fever
- Older Animals - Ways to Help Holistically
- Osteoarthritis - Help Your Animal Holistically
- Summer Healthcare for Animals
- Sweet Itch and Horses, Ponies and Donkeys
- Tendon Injuries and Horses
- Or visit our sitemap for lots more insights into natural animal care