In today’s world, there is a growing concern among people as to what they put in their bodies including medicine as well as food. People are also concerned about what goes into the bodies of their dogs. Now more than ever there are more alternative treatments to choose from if traditional veterinary treatments are not the way you choose to go.
The medical terms for homeopathic and holistic medicines are very vague and confusing. These remedies are often used interchangeable. They are related but distinctly different.
Holistic medicine is a variety of remedies that treat the patient as a whole. It looks at the patient’s overall health.
A holistic vet treats the symptoms of an ailment as well as the cause. Health is the body’s natural state and holistic medicine attempts of avoid illness by keeping the body healthy. Holistic remedies emphasize proper nutrition and avoiding chemicals that pollute the body.
Some dog owners turn to holistic medicine when traditional remedies have not worked. Holistic vets are probably not trained the same and are unlikely to offer the same remedy for a similar ailment.
Homeopathic Medicine has a distinctly unique approach. It is safe, gentle and natural system of healing that works with your body to heal itself. It is very affordable and has none of the side effects of traditional medicine.
Homeopathic Medicines are made from plants, minerals and other natural sources. These remedies are available in most health food stores, online and in homeopathic pharmacies.
Colds, ear infections, migraines sore throats and arthritis are some ailments commonly treated by homeopathy.
A layman can treat simple conditions using homeopathy but serious conditions need to be treated by a veterinarian.
Traditional or Western Medicine has always been the treatment of choice for many years. It was actually the only medicine most people knew. People always relied on medications and over the counter drugs.
Today, many people are concerned with the chemicals that go into their bodies and that of their dogs. These dog owners have turned to alternatives remedies to treat their dogs.
On other hand, there are still many dog owners who do not trust the alternative treatments and would rather stick with medications.
How About Using Both?
Combining Western Medicine with Homeopathic and Holistic Medicines could be the answer. Using diagnostics, medicines and surgical intervention with alternative treatments such as acupuncture, homeopathy and herbology based on the dogs needs may be a way to keep dog owners feeling safe and confident in the way their dog is being treated.
What To Chose
The most important considerations in any type of veterinary medicine are the health and welfare of the patient. Veterinarians should have the required amount of knowledge and skill for any type of traditional or alternative treatment considered using.
It is absolutely imperative for the veterinarian and pet owner to have a relationship of trust and owner’s consent must be given before any treatment is started.
Pet owners should do their research and learn as much as possible about the homeopathic and holistic medicines before deciding which treatments are to be used.
Keep an open mind and consult with your veterinarian on which way to go. Your veterinarian’s advice is crucial especially as to the seriousness of your dog’s ailments.
Our furry children are a very important part of our families and we want to keep them around as long as possible.
The choice is ultimately yours. Choose wisely.