Today, more and more veterinarians are practicing holistic medicine. Holistic vets use both traditional and alternative therapies. When holistic treatments are considered, they are often described as complementary care and can be used in harmony with traditional recommendations. These vets rely on acupuncture, massage and herbal remedies as well as lab tests and prescriptions drugs. Lifestyle changes and changes in diets for pets are encouraged to keep pets healthy and try to avoid obesity, arthritis, diabetes and cancer. Holistic medicine is about treating your dog as a whole and not simply attempting to treat a single problem.
Some alternative treatments used holistic medicine are:
Herbs are sometimes prescribed to clam your pets. Herbs such as chamomile, kava, or valerian are used to soothe animals. It is wise to consult your veterinarian before giving your pet herbs.
Acupuncture is used to treat a wide variety of aliments. A certified acupuncturist inserts thin needles in specific points of the body to relieve pain. Dogs with back pain, arthritis, muscle spasms or a limp may benefit from acupuncture. Senior dogs who suffer with discomfort can benefit from this treatment.
This treatment has been very successful with little chance of side effects.
The scents of natural oils can relieve stress is pets. You should always consult your vet before attempting to give your dog aromatherapy. A dog’s sense of smell is much better than a human’s so very little scented oils should be used. Aromatherapy should be administered by a trained holistic specialist.
Pets with neck or back problems can benefit from these treatments. Chiropractic treatments for dogs are not aggressive. It is a gentler procedure which can make a difference in the alignment of the spine.
The better the diet the better the overall health of the dog. A healthy diet will reduce inflammation and ease symptoms of diseases like arthritis.
The higher the protein your dogs takes in the better. Your dog should avoid pet foods containing corn, wheat, soy or peanut butter.
Physiotherapy can be performed in conjunction with care techniques such as ultrasound and hydrotherapy. Dogs undergoing care for joint stiffness can benefit from a combination of traditional treatment and physiotherapy and hydrotherapy.
Phytotherapy is the use of plants to relieve dogs with stress or anxiety. This treatment is used in an attempt to strengthen the body and the immune system. The aim is to reduce or remove the need for medication.
Massage Therapy and Acupressure
Muscle and joint pain can be relieved by massage therapy and acupressure. They are used for short-term relief from pain. With acupressure, pressure instead of needles, is applied to the nerves. A canine massage therapist should be used to treat your dog with acupressure.
Always Consult Your Vet
Holistic medicine is becoming more popular than ever even though traditional veterinary medicine continues to improve.
It is important to consult your vet. With physiotherapy, the use of plants, not all plants are good for your dog. When using aromatherapy ,knowing the combination of oils and which oils to use is very important.
When using any holistic treatment, we must leave the administering to the experts.
It is wise to consult your vet with any lifestyle or health changes for your pet.
We want the treatments to be helpful, not harmful, to our furry children.