How Holistic Therapies Help Pet Skincare

How Natural Animal Therapies Help Skincare

Good skin condition is not down to chance, a combination of factors will affect it. You can make a difference.

In this next natural skincare for pet health spotlight. Find out about some popular therapies for helping to promote skin health.

There's several complementary therapies that can be used to help your pet's skin health. These include:

Veterinary Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a system of healing which has been practised in China and other Far Eastern countries for thousands of years. The Chinese found that animals could benefit from acupuncture as well as humans. The treatment is similar in horses, cats and dogs who all respond well. In fact a whole range of animals today benefit from acupuncture, from pets to farm animals.

Helping skin health is just one of the benefits, read more about acupuncture here.

Animal Aromatics

Essential oils are concentrated, volatile extracts from the fruits, roots, seeds, gums and herbs of aromatic plants and trees. They possess properties that can help to restore balance and promote physical, psychological and spiritual wellbeing.

Bergamot is one essential oil that's often used to help with a range of skin irritations - including those caused by summer allergens.

Read more about animal aromatics here.

Veterinary Homeopathy

Homeopathy has been used for thousands of years and is based on the law of similars, i.e. a remedy is selected that will cause the same symptoms as the illness shown. This remedy is then diluted homeopathically and given in minute quantity , thus the immune system is stimulated by the same substance and fights the disease or illness.

Apis is a homeopathic remedy often used to help with insect bites & stings. But there are lots more! For advice have a consultation with a professionally qualified homeopathic veterinary surgeon. Read more here.

Herbal Animal Health

Herbs can have a variety of effects including - antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, sedative or stimulant. By being aware of each plant's properties, and used carefully the animal can be relieved of various symptoms or illnesses, with often few, if no side effects.

There are various herbs and plants that can be used to help skin health including - aloe vera, arnica, seaweed, rosemary, tea tree, plus many others. Read more about herbal remedies for animals here.

Massage For Dogs

An often overlooked benefit of massage is that it can be used to help improve the condition of your dog or horse (or other animal's) coat, and also skin health.

Read about massage for dogs here.

Find out more about these and other natural animal therapies here at Taranet. Or read other articles in this Natural Pet Health Blog. Take a look at the sitemap here to explore!

About the Author

Suzanne Harris is founder of this Taranet website at, and also provides business coaching to horse and dog care and veterinary professionals.