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When to Seek Holistic Medicine for Your Dog


We often make important changes to our health and lifestyle. Now it’s time to do the same for our pets. The next time you’re looking for a solution to your dog’s aches and pains, consider holistic alternatives to treat them.


Veterinary Acupuncture

You may have heard of acupuncture for humans, but what about for your pets? Just as humans can have limps, joint pain, or arthritis, dogs can also develop these very same issues. For these issues, acupuncture has proven to be effective at helping animals just as much as it has helped people with their ailments.

During acupuncture treatment, thin needles are inserted into certain parts of the body in order to reduce pain and discomfort in the body of your dog in very much the same way an acupuncturist would perform needle therapy on a human. Acupuncture stimulates the areas being affected and releases anti-inflammatory substances upon puncturing the area. The great thing about acupuncture is that it doesn’t only affect the direct area where the needle was placed. You can actually stimulate other areas of the body by hitting certain areas, so your dog will in effect be experiencing both a local and a widespread pain relieving effect from acupuncture treatment.

A huge benefit to seeking acupuncture as an alternative means for helping your pet is the fact that there is no possibility of adverse side effects affecting their inner organs. If this is a concern of yours as a pet owner, then consider acupuncture a possible holistic solution for your pet’s needs. With aid from a licensed professional who is well practiced in the science of acupuncture, you could see many benefits from seeking this alternative medicine for your dog.


Pet Herbal Formulae Therapy

On a similar note to visiting a veterinary acupuncturist, seeking an herbal formulae therapy option for your dog can heed great rewards for their pain relief. Herbal prescriptions are not over the counter but are prescribed just like Western pharmaceuticals. One great difference between herbal formulae and Western drugs is that herbal formulae rarely have harsh side effects, if they have any at all. Herbal formulae are safe to use for longer periods of time than other medicines. Because of this, herbal formulae are especially helpful for the treatment of chronic conditions in animals. They also work well when combined with other therapy types, such as with acupuncture.


Nutritional Considerations

Another alternative therapy that dog owners may consider is food therapy. Dog food that is rich in carbohydrates floods the marketplace for canine nutrition. Many dog foods have filler ingredients that are not nearly as good for them as a diet filled with much needed proteins. You may think this is a given, considering both dogs and cats are carnivores, but unfortunately a lot of pet food brands use too much of these other fillers and not enough proteins that are necessary to aid in your pet’s overall health.

Food therapy can help you find an appropriate diet for your dog that can benefit their overall health. Benefits of a more fitting diet for your four-legged friend include helping preexisting conditions such as arthritis, preventing the development of conditions, and reducing inflammation. In general, try to avoid kibbles that have unnecessary or even potentially harmful ingredients like corn, peanut butter, soy, and wheat to guarantee your pet’s digestive system stays in tip top shape.

If you’d like more information about holistic remedies for your pet, contact Wimberley Complementary Pet Care, PLLC, in Austin, TX.