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Holistic Medicine and How it Can Help Your Pet

By Yahaira Cespedes


Keeping Your Pet Healthy, Naturally


Like its owners, a pet’s health can also benefit by eating healthier foods and finding the right medical care when it is needed. However, this medical care need not always be traditional in nature.


For example, acupuncture can be used to relieve pain and strengthen the body's immune system; herbal medicines can serve to enhance nutrition, improve body synergy, and as a remedy to ailments when nothing else works; and homeopathy can treat the deepest constitutional causes of your pet's diseases.


Nancy Scanlan, executive director of the American Holistic Veterinary Medicine Association (AHVMA), sat down with petMD to talk about developments in this exciting field of veterinary medicine.


Is holistic veterinary medicine hocus-pocus?


"The idea of holistic medicine may conjure up images of a rustic apothecary and ineffectual diagnostic measures, but holistic medicine is a progressive industry replete with learned practitioners. Also, the many benefits of the holistic approach have been published in respected clinical trials and research articles."


Why choose holistic veterinary care?


"While the 'find it and kill it' Western medical approach may work for infectious diseases, holistic medicine uses preventative measures by treating the whole body. Holistic veterinary care is much more effective when treating chronic illnesses like heart disease.


"This is not to say Western medicine isn’t useful. For emergency situations requiring surgery, for example, Western medicine will save a pet’s life. In addition, holistic veterinarians also integrate Western diagnostic methods in their care regimen, such as X-rays and laboratory tests."


But doesn’t holistic therapy cost more?


"Medical treatments can get expensive, but some holistic approaches offer cheaper and equally effective results. Because herbs and nutritional supplements can’t be patented, the holistic vet can offer a wider array of remedies. This can make a significant difference, especially in chronic illness cases."


Where can I find more information about holistic medicine?


"Interested pet owners can conduct a free search for holistic veterinarians by state or specialty at the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association’s website."



Image: Kristy Andrews / Flickr



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  • Excellent Information!
    11/06/2013 04:03pm

    Excellent information. By the way, the first thing a good holistic vet will tell you is to dump the Science Diet, or whatever other kibble you may be feeding your pets. They wisely are pro-homemade foods, and they will help you with recipes and balancing the ingredients.

  • Holistic Medicine for pet
    11/20/2013 06:14pm

    I know little bit about Holistic medicine but I was looking more information about this. Thank you so much for writing this useful, informative and interesting article. Now I understood how to keep our Pet healthy and naturally. Same like us Pet’s health can also benefit by eating healthier foods and finding the right medical care when it is needed and I know Holistic Medicine play important role in healing of pet’s .

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