Bella is a young dachshund who came to my office with total paralysis after jumping off a chair. While her breed is predisposed to back problems, she was just out of puppy and this was a very serious case. Her legs responded completely, her tail was lifeless and she could only rise a little on her front legs.
Her owner was very concerned but as a pensioner he did not have the resources for orthopedic surgery. Without health insurance for pets to protect her great medical needs, Bella and her owner were given alternatives.
I had a week with Bella and a limited budget to see what I could sew together with my latest acupuncture training, some traditional Chinese veterinary medicine and everything else I could use from Mother Nature's energetic magic.
Holistic medicine for dogs: the effect it can have on pets
Fortunately, there are many options to offer from the various pathways that fall under the umbrella of holistic healing. Holistic medicine is a trendy subject in animal care, but it has been around as long as humans have roamed the earth.
Where did holistic medicine come from?
Historically, all medicine was natural as humans discovered new and better ways to help themselves live through famine, infection, and extremities.
Since the advent of modern medicine, holistic therapies have fallen by the wayside with the promise of healing through clinical advances in contemporary healthcare.
The emergence of holistic health returns when people again learn to embrace nature and old ways might not have been such a bad idea.
Many pet owners who are interested in holistic medicine have often used some form of it themselves. From acupuncture to herbs, the enthusiasm to add to these and other instinctive services for pets is greater than ever. many important reasons. Pet owners experience a closeness to their animals that is truly unparalleled in the bond between humans and animals.
They worry about drug side effects and they are more educated than ever about their pets. With the help of knowledge and information, more pet owners are willing to ask for more services, different types of treatments and natural ways to help their pets that are free of preservatives, chemicals and drugs.
The main goal of using natural therapies is to get to the bottom of a medical condition rather than just treating the symptoms.
Some of the best concerns for pet owners include dietary problems, joint pain, the need for aging dogs, and protecting a dog's future health from the side effects of chronic medications such as organ damage.
The realm of opportunities in holistic healing is extensive.
From the familiar acupuncture, homeopathy or herbal therapy to essential oils, harmonics or reiki, holistic methods can be used for almost all disease processes.
An informed and trained veterinarian will address aspects of both holistic and conventional therapy to find the best protocol for each individual patient.
The Benefits of Natural Medicine for Your Pets
One of the added benefits of a holistic life for pets is cost-effectiveness. When the first work is done, regular maintenance is often cheaper than a lifelong medicine.
These therapies are an excellent way to help animals use their own bodies to get better whether they are struggling with pain, joint disease or other problems. The power of long-term prevention, individual adaptation, adaptation and results gives a real bang for the buck.
The body has a huge number of natural pathways that can be optimized for the pet to recover. Using the body's ability to restore and regenerate by invoking various natural hormones is more sustainable than relying on more traditional medications to control symptoms.
By doing this, you reduce the body's dependence on medication that provides a more comprehensive recovery as an end result. This was the case with Bella.
Bella's Transformation with Holistic Medicine
For several days, my team worked on Bella's rehabilitation with acupuncture, hydrotherapy, physiotherapy and herbal associations. We mixed the holistic treatments with a few injections of conventional medicine to relieve the pressure on the spine.
At day 3, her tail waved. At day 4, she was supported in a wheelchair and walked through the clinic. When her owner picked her up a week later, she stood on her own and walked slowly if she was a little shaky.
In just one week of intensive natural healing, her life returned. That was ten years ago and I still see Bella for an attitude sometimes. Thanks to holistic medicine, she and her owner have had many happy years together.
Dr. Jim Carlson, a Holistic Veterinarian, hosts Holistic Vet Advice with Dr. Jim and Cristen Carlson on Voice America World Talk Radio. He owns the Riverside Animal Clinic & Holistic Center in Chicago's northwest suburbs.