As the variety of pets increases, so does the variety of health options for your pet. In addition to traditional
pet medicine you may have noticed many veterinarians offering holistic and alternative pet care services.
Additionally, you can find non-medical pet professionals offering these type of services that would be used
in conjunction with your pet's regular veterinarian's program.
A brief description of what is meant by Holistic and Alternative pet care is described below:
The word Holistic means: Considering a whole thing or being to be more than a collection of parts;
Treating the whole person rather than just the symptoms of a disease. The philosophy of holistic practitioners
is to treat the whole animal, looking at medical reasons, diet, environment, communication with the owner and
the animal's lifestyle. Depending on the practitioner and their specialty, treatment could include
dietary changes, medical treatment such as surgery, ultrasound, lifestyle change, vitamin therapy and so forth.
Alternative pet therapies: Treatments other than conventional western medicine are usually considered
"alternative therapies." Chiropractic, homeopathy, acupuncture, and massage are considered to be some of the
alternative medical treatments available. While there have been some guidelines established by the American
Veterinary Medical Association for these treatments, you should always make sure your pet's primary care professional
is aware of all treatments your pet is undergoing, and you need to do your own research by getting referrals and
recommendations for any alternative treatment you are considering.
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