Holistic dog treatments needs to be understood as for what they represent. A holistic veterinarian seeks to promote the animal's natural healing capabilities from within as well as through harnessing the energies from the body. They use the least toxic, least invasive and most nurturing path to healing. Holistic medicine is defined as any system that diagnoses and treats a disease in the context of the whole patient.
There are varying terms from Holistic Medicine, Alternative Medicine, Natural Medicine and Complementary Medicine. They all embrace the concept of interconnectedness and that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. All aspects from the animal to human bond, environment, and lifestyle are considered when treating the dog.
Conventional treatment focuses more on isolating the disease than in the relieving of the signs and symptoms relying heavily on the use of drugs. While the drugs can be useful and work very quickly, the side effects can far outweigh the benefits over the long term. Conventional methods are more biochemical and scientific.
Ultimately, the best for all animal health care is the integration of the two systems. Not any one form of medicine has the answers to everything. With the primary concern being the welfare and health of our animals, we have to incorporate all forms of treatment into an approach that offers to help the animals in our care. Patients are sitting in the waiting rooms looking for answers; they need to know they have choices.
Holistic dog treatments include the following but are not limited to them. Included are treatments that are being utilized in many mainstream veterinarian practices today.
Acupuncture and Acupressure
Western Herbal Medicine
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Ayurvedic Herbal Medicine
Tellington Touch (TTouch or T Team)
Heat and Cold Therapy
Aquatic Therapy or Hydrotherapy (dog pool and underwater treadmill)
Therapeutic Exercise and Stretching
The more consumer interest there is in alternative medicine, and the more consumer dissatisfaction with conventional medicine, the more options there will be made available to help our pets.
Holistic dog treatments encompass a broad range of modalities from biochemical therapies, lifestyle therapies, biomechanical therapies, and bio-energetic therapies. Veterinary medicine is becoming as specialized as human medicine. The integration of all these modalities into mainstream medicine is inevitable, it's just a matter of when.
About the Author
Helga Schmitt has been passionately studying and researching dog health, physiotherapy and rehabilitation hands on for the past 20 years. She is a Chartered Herbalist, Holistic Nutritionist and holds a Certificate in Homeopathy. She is a Certified and Registered Cainine Hydrotherapist.She is continually striving to educate dog owners that there are numerous ways to achieving and maintaining optimum health for your pet. In her latest book "The Ultimate Rehabilitation & Physiotherapy Guide for Dogs", she offers a wealth of information on Holistic healing methods for your dog.