When our pets are in pain, we want to alleviate their discomfort as thoroughly and quickly as possible and with the fewest side effects. In recent years holistic, or integrative, veterinary medicine — a combination of conventional medicine and alternative therapies — has gained popularity among owners and veterinarians as a way to manage both chronic and acute pain in pets.
A survey conducted by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) in 1996 revealed that only 6% of responding pet owners had chosen alternative, or complementary, medicine in caring for their pets. The same survey in 2003 showed a 15% increase.
Holistic modalities include:
- Nutritional Therapy — supporting overall health with vitamins and minerals
- Chiropractic — skeletal adjustments
- Flower Essences — energy therapy using specific flowers to relieve symptoms
- Aromatherapy — the use of specific scents to induce relaxation and ease pain or distress
- Acupuncture— the use of thin, sharp needles inserted at energy points, or meridians, found in the body
- Acupressure — like acupuncture but using topical pressure instead of needles
Many complaints can be addressed with the use of holistic medicine. Your veterinarian can help you determine the best approach for your pet, taking into account age, medical history, general health, and mobility.
If you think alternative medicine is the path for you and your pet, please consult with Dr. Lange and Dr. Little to discuss a referral to a certified alternative medicine specialist in the St. Charles/St. Louis region.