Holistic medicine for dogs covers a whole range of as a whole range of practices, including acupuncture, massage, herbal remedies, chiropractic treatment, aromatherapy, nutrition, acupressure, and even sound therapy to address a variety of ailments and conditions.
People often turn to alternative therapies when their pet doesn’t respond to traditional medications and treatments. And, for some people who have made nutrition, clean eating, and other holistic lifestyle choices a priority, it’s only natural they would make the same choices for beloved pets.
There are many holistic practices that may benefit your dog. Many veterinarians today combine holistic therapies with traditional vet care, but before you embark on any treatment, please consult your vet.
Dog massage can aid healing and gives much needed calming benefits. It goes beyond just relaxing sore muscles, too. It can improve blood flow and oxygenation, heal sprains and strains, reduce pain, and ease anxiety and stress in your dog.
A healthy diet with the right mixture of nutrients and rich in protein, is a major contributor to overall health. If your dog suffers from allergies or digestive upsets, adjustments to the diet can make all the difference. Before changing your dogs diet you should consult your vet to discuss what type of diet will most benefit your dog.
Chiropractic Treatments for Dogs
Veterinary chiropractic is a gentle process; low force is used to make adjustments to relieve pain and loss of agility, without the use of medications. While it’s gaining in popularity, it’s important to consult your vet before starting any hands-on course of care.
This ancient Chinese therapy has been around for about 5,000 years. It involves the insertion of thin needles into the body where nerves and blood vessels come together at acupuncture points. The goal is to encourage the body to heal itself by correcting energy imbalances in the body. It’s relatively new in the treatment of pets and should only be done in consultation with your vet.
Like acupuncture, acupressure is based on traditional Chinese medicine, it’s a noninvasive and gentle method for healing injuries and soothing an anxious dog and can be helpful in treating injuries and anxiety and improving general well-being and health.
If you’ve fallen asleep with the aid of lavender essential oils or just felt yourself relax from the scent of a candle, you can assume that calming scents will also help an anxious dog, especially given a dog’s heightened sense of smell. According to Barbara Royal, DVM, president of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, “Scent is so important in an animal’s life. It can change the way your brain functions, whether you’re feeling alarm or discomfort.”
Other approaches to reducing anxiety and stress include combinations of several holistic treatments, such as giving your dog a gentle massage while using a calming essential oil infuser.
If you’ve tried several traditional ways to help a dog with arthritis, allergies, pain, digestive issues, or anxiety and haven’t seen the success you hoped for, a more holistic approach may be the right answer. In fact, many veterinarians today use traditional methods like lab tests and prescription drugs in conjunction with holistic remedies and procedures.