Holistic Wellness For Your Dog



Provide your dog with the best of both worlds - conventional and alternative medicine !
Holistic therapies can make a huge difference, from supplements and nutrition to acupuncture and homeopathy in restoring your dog's health and maintaining wellness. Whether the health concern is small or large, we hope this page will give you some answers. Learn about holistic wellness and explore options to treat your dog yourself at home to treat something small like an upset stomach or as a compliment to professional help from a Veterinarian for bigger issues. Integrate natural medicine by using the link below. Welcome to the journey !

Find a Veterinarian using Integrated Holistic Medicine in your area


has a well established place at Rescued for Life. Each of our rescue dogs is prepared for surgery, for example, a dose of Arnica ( helps prevent bruising ) before spaying and neutering, Nux Vomica ( helps to offset the side effects of anesthesia ) and Phosphorus ( help prevents excessive bleeding).
We have found that if homeopathy is used the dogs have minimal bruising and recover faster overall. Some of our volunteers have been holistic practitioners for decades and their knowledge is of great value to the dogs in our care. We are able to purchase Homeopathy Remedies from Mediral International in Denver, when unavailable in the USA we order directly from a Apothecary in Germany.

The links below will give you an introduction to the world of vibrational medicine. Learn about homeopathy, how to use it and get familiarized with the most common used remedies.

Homeopathy for Animals

If you decide to enrich your medical cabinet with these wonderful remedies, you will find the most common ones in local stores, like Vitamin Cottage/Natural Grocers, Whole Foods, etc.
Online stores often carry a larger variety and higher potencies Vitacost - Homeopathy Some of you are familiar with homeopathy and have used remedies made by Heel. Heel USA was taken over by MediNatura. A even larger variety of Heel remedies are available online at the
German - Apothecary. The shipping cost to the USA is very reasonable and their service is reliable.

Find a Veterinary Homeopath

Bach Flower Remedies

We all agree that dogs have emotions too...they feel happiness or depression as we do. Often we will see a dog at a Shelter completely shutting down and giving up. In times of emotional distress dogs can greatly benefit from the use of Bach Flower Remedies. Rescued for Life has each of the 38 remedies available and while observing the behavior and characteristics of the dog we can customize the use of the Bach Flower Remedies.  
When one of our dogs is adopted we add a bottle of Bach Flower Remedy to the adoption kit with a brochure on how to use it. Going home comes with a big change and the Bach Flower Remedy helps to ease the transition. We also make the Remedy available at no charge.
These remedies are 100% safe...no side effects and you can't overdose.

Please use the link below if you would like to learn about the Bach Flower Remedies
BFR for Animals


Your dog loves it when you pet him, rub his belly, and scratch behind his ears. But dogs, like humans, also love it when you give them massages. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Stress and anxiety reduction
  • Strengthens your bond and relationship
  • Promotes overall well-being
  • Improves body functions
  • Healing aid




Therapeutic Massage - the Tellington Touch is a massage technique for reducing tension and changing behavior in dogs.

You may learn the technique or to find a Tellington Touch practitioner use the link below
Tellington-Touch Practitioner Directory

Acupuncture and Chiropractic Adjustments

How Can Acupuncture Benefit My Dog?

  • Pain management is one of the most common uses for acupuncture, often in conjunction with more traditional treatment plan. Strong medical treatments like chemo, which can cause discomfort, are often paired with acupuncture to help make a pet more comfortable and able to fight the illness.
  • Musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, or nerve injuries can respond to acupuncture. It is often employed during rehabilitation after an injury. Carefully monitoring a healing pet is important; without the feeling of pain, a dog can re-injure him or herself with over-activity.
  • Skin problems like allergic dermatitis, granulomas, or hot spots may respond well to acupuncture treatment because increased circulation can improve healing, while pain reduction will reduce a dog’s overgrooming or itching.
  • Gastrointestinal problems like nausea and diarrhea can be aided by the increased blood flow from acupuncture. It may also help normalize digestive activity by stimulating digestive secretions.
  • Respiratory problems like asthma and allergies can benefit from the immune-calming, anti-inflammatory capabilities of acupuncture.

    Always work closely with a veterinarian and certified practitioner to develop the treatment plan that’s
    right for you and your dog. American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture - Directory

    Some of our rescue dogs have been enjoying the great benefits of acupuncture and chiropractic care. Dr. Rhea Dodd is incredibly knowledgeable and many times we have seen a huge improvement after only one treatment. The dogs always received a royal treatment.
    Please visit Dr. Dodd's website 

Thank you, Dr. Dodd, for having a heart for rescues!


Herbal Treatment for Dogs

Herbal remedies for dogs are highly efficient and can be used in addition to traditional treatments or as a sole treatment. Herbs are beneficial for dogs’ health. From ancient times, dogs have been instinctively chewing on different herbs to relieve pain and heal their diseases.
Pet Wellbeing caries high quality herbal remedies for dogs. Please visit their website

The Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association, or VBMA, is a group of veterinarians and herbalists dedicated to developing responsible herbal practice by encouraging research and education, strengthening industry relations, keeping herbal traditions alive as a valid source of information, and increasing professional acceptance of herbal medicine for animals. You can browse the VBMA website to gather information and/or use their directory to find a Veterinarian with great knowledge in herbal medicine.



We love Kriser's Natural Pet !!

Kriser's, often referred to by its customers as the "Whole Foods for pets," is a multi-unit pet pet owner and healthy pet advocate Brad Kriser after he was exposed to the benefits of the all-natural pet lifestyle for his own furry family members.

All products sold in Kriser's stores are carefully selected by Brad and his team, and endorsed as "Kriser's Approved" only after extensive review. In addition to carrying a large variety of natural food and treats brands, which have no corn, soy or by-products, Kriser's also offers grooming services and a wide selection of toys and supplies.

For more information about Kriser's or to find a location near you please visit their website