By Lissa Coffey
Co-founder of Tulsi Spa
Ayurveda is the “science of life” and is used as a system of holistic health care. Even though herein the west we are just discovering how amazing Ayurveda is, it has been around for more than 5,000 years. You may know the benefits that living an ayurvedic lifestyle has for people, but did you know that animals can benefit as well? It’s true! There is actually an ayurvedic text in veterinary medicine.
Just as with humans, you start with knowing your pet’s dosha, or mind/body type. Once you know the pet’s dosha, you can find where the imbalance is, and strive to bring them back into balance with diet and lifestyle routines. The attributes of the doshas for pets are much the same as they are for humans. You might take this into consideration when bringing a pet into your family.
Vata pets are highly intelligent, very quick to learn, but they also forget quickly. They tend to be slender, and run and walk quickly. They dislike cold climates. They can be very lively and fun, and their moods change quickly. They have a variable appetite and digestion. They tend to act on impulse and are easily distracted. They generally have dry skin and dry fur. Examples: Greyhound, Chihuahua.
Pitta pets have a more medium structure, they are strong, with a sharp, focused mind. They are very assertive and confident, but may be aggressive and demanding when out of balance. They have a strong digestion. Pitta pets like to be in command, they are usually the leaders of the pack, and can become angry when under stress. They dislike heat and hot weather. Examples: Pitbull, Irish setter.
Kapha pets are more relaxed and easy-going. They are affectionate, loving, and faithful. Physically Kapha pets are strong, they have a study, heavier build. These animals are slower to learn, but they don’t forget – they have an outstanding long-term memory. Their fur is very soft, and the usually have large eyes. They might be prone to weight gain, they have a strong resistance to disease. They tend to be possessive. Examples: Saint Bernard, Golden Retriever.