Naturopath makes the switch from treating humans to animals
ANXIETY, boredom, and depression are not just problems for people.
According to Wollongbar pet sitter and pet naturopath and nutritionist Kerryann Moor, they can also be problems for pets.
"Pets are like us. They need to have stimulation like us," Ms Moor said.
"A lot of people don't realise this, so you get animals that feel stress just like people do."
After 25 years in the human health industry, Ms Moor realised very little work was being done on pets.
She decided to make the switch from treating people to their pets and now offers pet consultations and care.
"A lot of things go into a happy pet.
"I look at their environment, their sensory stimulation, how they relate to their owners and what their environment is like."
Ms Moor said some of the more common pet problems were to do with boredom, anxiety and skin conditions.
She said a lot of problems could be solved with dietary changes and simple measures to help mentally stimulate the pet while the owners were away.
"Many situations can be helped with dietary adjustments."
For working dogs that aren't being worked, she said a switch from high-carbohydrate to high-protein dog food will lower the amount of excessive energy the dog has, making a significant difference to the their behaviour.
"Quite often it's just common sense. It's getting the artificial additives out and getting them on more natural food."
She treats a range of pets including birds, fish, cows and horses.
She said her motto is, 'I think of their needs before they do'.