Alternative Therapies for Your Dog

Most likely you have always relied on conventional medical treatments to care for your pet. Lately you are drawn more and more to alternative therapies. So, how do you decide which way to go? Let’s compare the two approaches to care.

Conventional medical treatments often focus on specific symptoms and a specific body part. Conventional medicine attempts to fight off disease and eliminate symptoms. Treatments sometimes have detrimental side effects. In the event of a serious illness or injury conventional medicine may save your furry friend’s life.

Alternative or complementary therapies are part of a holistic approach to dog care. A holistic approach treats the animal as a whole. Complementary therapies utilize a holistic approach because they benefit the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of your dog. These therapies relieve symptoms and address the underlying cause of the symptoms. They support the body’s natural healing process and overall health. Complementary therapies rarely cause side effects. Examples of these therapies include acupuncture, homeopathy, aromatherapy, nutrition, herbs, massage and other bodywork, and flower essences.

Integrative medicine is a comprehensive approach to health that combines conventional medicine with complementary therapies. This approach offers the best of both worlds. A high priority is placed on prevention. Holistic veterinarians practice integrative medicine. Often a holistic vet has training a variety of complementary therapies. Many conventional veterinarians are often willing to consider an integrative approach to caring for their furry clients. Don’t be afraid to talk with your vet about utilizing alternative approaches when caring for your dog. For more information and a listing of holistic veterinarians in your area check out the following.

American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association

Academy for Veterinary Homeopathy

American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture

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