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Five Popular Holistic Treatments For Cats And Dogs

Cats and dogs suffer from just as many different ailments as their human owners, but whereas traditional medications treat the disease, holistic medicine looks at the problem from a much wider perspective. So what is holistic medicine for pets and how can it help your animals?

A Holistic Approach

Holistic medicine is an alternative veterinarian approach. Vets specializing in holistic treatments don’t just prescribe pills and potions in response to the symptoms presented by the animal. Instead they look at the patient’s lifestyle as a whole in an attempt to understand what might be causing the issues. At its heart, holistic medicine is about empathizing with the animal and utilizing the least invasive treatment available.

1. Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been used as a homeopathic treatment for thousands of years. Acupuncturists work with the body’s energy channels. They believe that different acupoints are connected to specific organs, so by inserting fine needles at key locations energy imbalances can be corrected and the body is able to start healing itself. Although Chinese acupuncture is traditionally used on humans, there are lots of case studies to indicate that it can be very effective when used on cats and dogs.

2. Herbal Medicine

Herbal remedies for cats and dogs are a popular way to treat common problems such as travel sickness, stress and anxiety, skin problems, hairballs, arthritis, fleas, allergies, and many other health problems. Treatments can be bought online or from a veterinarian.

3. Massage

Cats and dogs can benefit from massage therapy. The act of massaging gently can improve circulation and help the body to heal in the aftermath of an injury. Massage also makes cats and dogs feel good and once they become accustomed to the stimulation of massage therapy, they love the slow repetition of gentle strokes.

4. Homeopathic Medicine

Homeopathy can be used to treat all kinds of health problems in cats and dogs, from non-serious conditions to chronic illnesses. Homeopathic remedies for cats and dogs are made from natural ingredients sourced from different plants and minerals. Homeopathy attempts to use like for like. Tiny amounts of different substances are taken to alleviate symptoms, but if the ingredients were taken in large amounts, they would cause the very symptoms they are trying to cure.

5. Natural Diet

Cats and dogs have evolved to eat raw meat, but many domestic animals are fed cooked meat or manufactured biscuits, neither of which is good for their health. Eating the wrong diet can lead to a number of health problems over time. A holistic vet can advise owners on what their pet should be eating for optimum health benefits, although some older pets may resist change. Natural feeding techniques include adding the following to the animal’s diet:

Raw meat

Raw fish



Brewer’s yeast

Raw eggs

Traditional veterinarians often frown upon holistic medicine for cats and dogs, but there is plenty of evidence to show that holistic approaches can be very successful in treating even the most serious illnesses. So if your pet is failing to thrive, a holistic veterinarian may be able to help.

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The author of this article,Sam Peters, is an intern at Pond Point Animal Hospital, animal hospital in CT. Sam loves gardening and maintains the garden at his home on weekends.