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Alternative Healthcare & Your Pet


Most pets are considered beloved family members. Strong relationships are formed with them, and they fill a deep emotional need, grounding you with nature as little else can. They force us to stop, feel, and enjoy the moment. Because of this incredible connection, you always want to provide them the best and safest care possible when they are sick or having a health concern.

Occasionally, traditional veterinary medicine may be too harsh or not enough to treat a problem your pet is experiencing. Depending on the situation, it may offer nothing more than dreaded euthanasia. Amazing advances in vet medicine have occurred in the last decade, and remain essential to pet care. Even so, common conditions such as flea control or anxiety, to more complex problems involving chronic disease and traumatic physical injury, can gain vital benefit from the use of alternative treatment therapies.

A wide variety of natural, homeopathic treatments are available for your pets, with a few showcased here for your consideration. As always, consult a trusted veterinarian before starting any therapy for safety prevention.


For thousands of years plants and their extracts have been successfully used to treat a variety of ailments and conditions in both man and beast. When considering if treatment using herbal formulae is right for your pet, always consult a trained expert to discuss the issues to be treated. A specialist can help you decide on the best herbal formulae treatment for your pet.

Herbal formulae can also be useful for strengthening the immune system, and for relief of inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, in aging pets. The natural antioxidant properties of certain plants makes them beneficial in promoting healing and reducing free radicals, which are precursors in the development of cancer.

Problems such as aggression and phobias can also respond well to this natural remedy, in conjunction with the next alternative treatment in this article – acupuncture. Positive behavior reinforcement from the owner is used alongside these therapies.


Contrary to what the public may think, animals accept acupuncture treatment relatively well in most cases. Acupuncture therapy is traditional to Chinese medicine, and is based on the belief that disease results when there is systemic imbalance accompanying pathological conditions.

Acupuncture involves inserting fine needles into certain points on the body where nerves and blood vessels intersect. The needles increase blood flow and stimulate the release of hormones, with the goal of encouraging the body to naturally correct imbalances. Many owners find their pets tolerate the procedure well, appearing relaxed and even sleepy when the needles are in place.

Conditions that respond well to this type of care include skin problems like dermatitis, joint and nerve disorders such as hip dysplasia and nerve injuries, and pain in general. Gastrointestinal problems and bowel issues like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, as well as respiratory conditions also can have positive results.


Overall, alternative therapy can fill an important gap in the preventative and long-term healthcare of your pet. Work closely with your trusted veterinarian to develop a healthcare plan that’s right for your situation. Investigate the various approaches of homeopathy to determine which ones will have the most benefit. Finding relief that is naturally safe and effective can make a world of difference in your life, and the life of your best friend for years to come.