In a time when the East meets West medicine, it’s a shame not to combine the best of both worlds to provide your dog with the right treatment.
By guest blogger, John Dave
As a matter of fact, more and more vets are seeing the benefits of this combined approach and start exploring it. It’s because by having more ways and remedies for treating certain health conditions, they can offer more treatment options to the dog owners.
What makes the holistic medicine impressive is that it’s based on using natural remedies which are safe for your pet. That’s why more and more people turned to alternative medicine and started using herbs, acupuncture, essential oils, and natural products, such as CBD for anxiety, pain, nausea, inflammations, and other health conditions. And, if you are also open to new, natural treatment options, here are the alternative treatments you should consider.
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Phytotherapy is the use of medicinal plants to treat dogs from a certain health condition due to the therapeutic benefits of their chemicals components. When using plants (herbs), they are given in a specific combination for each health condition and is usually combined with western vet practices for treating chronic conditions.
Phytotherapy helps relieve pain, reduce stress and anxiety, improve and support the immune system, detoxify the body, restore and support the organ functions, and improve the overall health of your dog. However, you should be careful when choosing the plants because some of them don’t go along with certain medications. Therefore, before giving herbs to your dog, you need to be sure you are giving it the right herbs and that they won’t harm your dog’s health. Or, if you are taking your dog to a holistic vet, make sure you tell them if it takes some medications.
Not only humans but also dogs benefit from physiotherapy. It’s because it has the same effect on them as it has on us. Therefore, it helps dogs improve their muscle strength, joints, nerves, in that way improving their physical condition and mobility of dogs with orthopedic and neurological disorders (especially those that had a spinal injury or a surgery).
Physiotherapy uses different treatment techniques, including electrotherapy, hydrotherapy, ultrasounds, kinesiotherapy, and therapeutic laser. Its first goal is to relieve the pain and the second is to help the animal improve its fitness. And, all of this is done using only natural elements, such as water, light, heat, cold, vibration, and, of course, the touch of a hand.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest treatment methods in the world, existing for more than 5000 years. It usually involves using needles that are pinned at certain points in the body. Each needle provokes a certain reaction in the body.
The philosophy behind acupuncture is to support the function of healing and regenerative mechanisms in the body. By stimulating nervous reflexes, it stimulates certain organs. It also helps relieve the pain, reduce stiffness, and improve their energy in older dogs.
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Osteopathy uses manual techniques in order to improve the health condition of your dog. Its philosophy is that in order to treat and potentially cure a disease, one has to treat the dog, not the disease. It is mostly focused on the self-healing power of the patient and its vascular system. By focusing on the source of disease and not the disease itself, it helps treat the problem at its root, thus preventing its recurrence.
Homeopathy, like osteopathy, focuses on treating the patient instead of the disease. It takes into consideration both, the physiological and physical aspects of the patient, including their inherited traits and experiences. This treatment method uses a small dose of certain remedies to treat dogs by stimulating their body’s self-healing ability. It works great for dogs that suffer from stress, anxiety, digestive disorders, and hormonal imbalance, among others.
Naturopathy is another holistic treatment method that focuses on the physiological needs, comfort, and well-being of the patient (the dog). Hence, when checking the dog, holistic vets (naturopaths) first examine its overall health and wellness, including its mental health, experiences, and diet. Once the source of the problem is found, the naturopath will suggest using certain herbs, essential oils, or other homeopathic remedies that will help the dog heal naturally. They can also combine several of the above-mentioned methods for treating your dog. And, although it cannot help in certain diseases and replace traditional treatments, it works perfectly with them.
Aromatherapy, as its name suggests, uses aromatic plant extracts, such as essential oils, to treat certain health conditions. It works great for treating coughs, alopecia, digestive problems, joint pain, tendinitis, itching, improving the immune system, and body recovery after excessive physical activity. However, when using aromatherapy, one should be careful because animals can be allergic to certain scents and essential oils.