How Does the Nervous System Work for Your Pets?
The Nervous System was, and still is, a trending topic for HUMANS in 2023. There is a lot of focus on emotions and trauma when healing a human body, as the Nervous System governs hormones and immunity. But, how does the nervous system work in relation to pets?
The Nervous System is a complex network of cells and fibres that regulate and coordinate the action of they body. This is human, or fur baby.
Did you know that all animals have a Nervous System, except sea sponges? Even jellyfish, who lack a brain, have a network of neurons, or nerve cells.(1)
Think of the Nervous System as a command centre. It communicates with every corner of the body, guiding everything from the most basic reflexes to the most complex cognitive processes.
In essence, the Nervous System is the body’s communication highway.
At it’s base explanation, that is how the nervous system works. Through it, messages are sent from one part of the body to another, enabling us to respond to our environment and ensuring our survival. This communication network is so efficient that it often works without conscious awareness on your pet’s behalf.
The Nervous System is an exciting, dynamic field of study. It presents a wide array of challenges and opportunities for researchers, pet nutritionists, holistic vets, and educators alike.
How Does The Nervous System Work: A Closer Look
The Nervous System is incredibly complex in all vertebrates, with many layers of organization and regulation. It consists of billions of neurons, each capable of making thousands of connections with other neurons. These connections form intricate networks that enable the vast array of functions to help how the Nervous System works.
These common things like pain, separation anxiety and digestion, can be linked to the Nervous System, both directly and indirectly. Pain can show up in many areas of your pet’s body, like joints, or stomach, but we can’t forget the Nervous System in the role of pain response.
Your pet’s ability to move, communicate, meow, or bark can be impacted by Nervous System issues and stress. All kinds of stressors can have significant emotional and psychological effects, leading to feelings of anxiety, and even depression in pets.
How does the Nervous System work with pain?
Parts of the pain response are also linked to the Nervous System. Neural pathways interpret and transmit information through the peripheral nervous system to the central and autonomic parts of the Nervous System. This is called nociception. This is the way that the potential for tissue damage gets relayed to the brain (1).
The perception and feeling of pain involves many factors, including emotions, inflammation and can be so individual in a pet. If you have ordered a Full Scan bioresonance test for your pet, look to their Locomotor System, and to their Nervous System, to look for any bioenergetic stress affecting joints, or connective tissue.
How Does the Nervous System Work: Anatomy First.
The nervous system is divided into two main parts for all vertebrates: The Central Nervous System (CNS), consisting of the brain and spinal cord, and the Peripheral Nervous System (PNS), comprising all the nerves that connect the CNS to the rest of the body. These two components work together to keep us alive, alert, and capable of interacting with our environment.
Many Petmedella Full Scans show stress in the Nervous System Dial. The notes section may also show points like the CNS and PNS (central and peripheral nervous system) along with the governing vessel.
The CNS serves as the command centre. It receives, processes, and interprets sensory information, then sends out instructions to the rest of the body. The brain, the most complex organ in the body, is responsible for our thoughts, emotions, memory, speech, and the coordination of our movements.
Those thoughts and emotions can influence many different systems of the body, especially the Digestive System! This is why we have paired nutritional imbalances with our emotional scan, the Awareness Scan, because of the gut-brain axis. And yes, this can be used for pets, as it applies to pets too!
The PNS, on the other hand, acts as the communication lines between the CNS and the rest of the body. It includes the sensory nerves, which carry information from the body to the CNS, and the motor nerves, which transmit instructions from the CNS to the muscles, organs, and glands.
How does the Nervous System Work: Function Second
The nervous system performs a multitude of functions vital to our existence. It regulates our bodily functions, facilitates communication between various parts of the body, including other body systems. This includes:
- The Nervous System + Endocrine System: there is a feedback loop between both systems that regulate thyroid hormones, sex hormones and stress hormones.
- The Nervous System + Digestive System: besides the gut-brain axis, when the Nervous System senses a threat, digestion will be halted, blood is sent to the brain and muscles for running and thinking as part of survival. The body prioritizes survival over digestion, and fertility.
- The Nervous System + Cardiovascular System: the Nervous System sends signals to the Cardiovascular System. and the Cardiovascular system sends nutrients to the Nervous System via circulation.
This is where we may ask if constipation in your pet is a digestive issue or a Nervous System issue!
In addition to these basic functions, the Nervous System also plays an integral role in higher-level processes like learning, memory, and emotion. It’s responsible for the ability to think, reason, and make decisions. It allows the formation of memories and recall, helps pets to learn from their experiences, and to feel a range of emotions. If you watch any Dog Agility training, you will see the workings of a Nervous System on display!
The Nervous System also plays a significant role in maintaining a body’s homeostasis. It regulates heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and metabolism to ensure these vital parameters remain within a healthy range.
How does the Nervous System Work with Your Pet’s Daily Activities?
Every action, thought, and feeling a pet experiences in their daily lives can be traced back to the Nervous System. From the moment they wake up in the morning, and your cat stands on your head for a meal, to the time your pup curls in his bed at night, the nervous system is continuously at work. Think of the sleep/wake cycle, and circadian rhythm. This is related to the Nervous System, and if there is sleeplessness, supporting your Nervous System is important.
Petmedella Full Scan Hint: look for low melatonin, or pituitary and pineal stress on your report, if your pet suffers from sleeplessness, and has Nervous System Stress.
Upon waking, it’s our Nervous System (and our Endocrine System) that transitions you and your pet from a state of sleep to wakefulness. As your pet goes about his or her day, it coordinates movements, enables the perception of surroundings, triggers digestion, automatic body processes and allows the appropriate reactions to changes in the environment. Remember, to a pet, this can mean different things that to a human. Moving a litter box can be a significant stress to a nervous system!
Even seemingly simple tasks like digging a hole,pr attacking a catnip pillow, require the precise coordination and communication between different parts of the nervous system. Whatever “tasks” your pet is carrying out, their nervous system is constantly processing sensory information, making decisions, and sending out instructions to muscles.
How does the Nervous System Work with Your Pet’s Emotions?
The Nervous System plays a pivotal role in emotional experiences. It is intimately involved in generating emotions, regulating mood, and shaping emotional responses to various situations. Even though we are not testing aspects of the Nervous System on an Awareness Scan, we are looking for nutritional imbalances that relate to the Nervous System.
Some energetic nutritional imbalances related to the Nervous System could be:
- Amino Acids:
- Alanine supports the CNS (2).
- Valine: supports the gut-brain connection.
- Glycine: insomnia and headaches.
- Glutamic Acid: stimulates neurons.
- Phenylalanine: supports mood and the CNS.
- Calcium: supports nerve conduction.
- Chromium: memory, anxiety, and blood sugar swings, which affect the Nervous System.
- Iron: this mineral is needed for brain development, and may significantly contribute to behavioral organization (3).
- Thiamine, or Vitamin B1: mood swings and nerve cell function.
- Riboflavin, or Vitamin B2 may support migraine sufferers.
- Choline: needed for fatty acid transport
- Pantothenic Acid or Vitamin B5: helps to make energy, and the brain, where emotions originate uses 20% of all energy of the body.
It’s the Nervous System that generates the physical sensations associated with an emotion, even for your pet. What makes your dogs fur stand up when it senses a threat? It’s also unconsciously responsible for emotional responses, whether it’s the quickening of our heartbeat when excited, or retreating to a safe space when scared.
The Nervous System helps with creating balanced health between positive and negative emotions, allowing pet to experience their own range of feelings, while still maintaining a generally stable mood.
How does the Nervous System Work With Your Pet’s Physical Health?
The health of your pet’s Nervous System is closely tied to overall physical health. It regulates our vital functions like heartbeat, breathing, digestion, and immune response, ensuring our bodies function optimally. If your pet has digestive issues, or Digestive Stress on a Full Scan, supporting the Nervous System is imperative.
Chemicals and metals can have an impact on the Nervous System. An example is lead, which displaces calcium in the reactions that transmit electrical impulses in the brain. There can be links to minerals on your pet’s bioenergetic test results, and to the metals that come up in the environmental toxins section.
There are simple tips to support any body system, and the Nervous System is no different.
Physical activity improves heart health, along with brain health.
Top Bioenergetic Takeaways for Nervous System Health
We’ve mentioned physical activity and sleep already for the health of the Nervous System. A balanced, species appropriate diet rich in nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, B-vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants can help support the health of the Nervous System, in you and your pet!
While fatty fish is good for brain and Nervous System health, there can be an overload of heavy metals, especially mercury, in fish. Try to rotate the types of fish you might feed your pet, and pair this with some safe-for-pets sulfur rich foods, like broccoli, but NOT onions, and herbs like parsley to support binding and elimination of metals.
Managing stress is also crucial for maintaining a healthy nervous system. There are different types of stress that can affect the body:
- Microbial stress
- Blood sugar imbalances
- Emotional stress
- Environmental stress
These can seem like a lot to manage. This is where the beauty of supporting body systems fits in! When you manage stress in one system, like microbial stress in the Digestive System, you help other systems.
When you support the liver and its natural detoxification processes, you mitigate Nervous System stress. The liver requires many nutrients and antioxidants to move through its 2 phases of detoxification, especially if it is clearing heavy metals which have a huge impact on the Nervous System.
Give your pet emotional support, to create more emotional calm in their body. This will decrease stress hormones, and inflammation, while creating an environment for a healthier Nervous System.
All of this can have a positive impact on cognition, circulation, and tissue health for the brain, the spinal cord and the nerves.
It will also have a positive impact on the relationship you have with your pet!
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