Since I favor holistic healers for humans and when I have the chance, this is the route I take for my own health, I also recommend holistic vets for our animal companions.
In addition, conventional vets frown on complimentary treatments such as Reiki, acupuncture, herbalism, aromatherapy, and especially, animal communication. And sadly, just like with conventional human medicine, the pharmaceutical giants have also taken control of animal medicine. I have a problem with this. And conventional vets, just like conventional doctors, are not trained extensively (if at all) with nutrition and true preventative medicine.
So, with all this in mind, here are the 5 reasons why I recommend holistic vets (a growing field).
Holistic Vets Use the Least Harmful and Invasive Approaches
This doesn’t mean that they don’t apply integrative (conventional) practices for animals who have been injured in accidents, who are battling cancer or who require reconstructive surgery. But as far as preventative medicine, holistic vets win in this category.
Holistic Vets Take the Confusion out of Pet Food and Nutrition Needs
Face it, the debates around pet food (what’s safe and what isn’t) confuses most pet owners. While it’s true feeding pets human junk food or even pet junk food is a bad idea if you want your pet to live over a decade, holistic vets are versed in nutrition and they also are aware of helpful supplements instead of trendy money-wasting ones.
Holistic Vets Don’t Over Vax an Animal
Holistic vets still vaccinate pets but they check the levels of antibodies in an animal before giving the animal another vaccine. They will also inform pet owners which vaccines the animals actually need and which ones they can do without. For instance, a rabies vaccine is required and it’s not one a pet owners should skip for their pet.
Holistic Vets Promote Healthy Lifestyles for the Human and the Pet
The death of a pet is one of the hardest situations animal-lovers face. Grief can last for years, if not decades. Therefore, having a holistic vet coach pet owners and their animals about healthier lifestyles is crucial for the lifespan of the pet.
Holistic vets can also provide detoxing remedies when an animal is exposed to radiation or other types of pollution. And if they send out a newsletter to the parents of their patients, they will inform them of foods and situations to avoid.
Holistic Vets Are a Growing Industry That Requires Our Support
We need to walk our talk. Why would we seek a natural doctor for our own health and then take our pets to a conventional vet who doesn’t speak our language of holism?
In the end, it’s your choice to make. But consider that conventional is on the verge of collapse due to corruption that has seeped into the industry. This isn’t to say that every conventional vet is greedy, because there are good-hearted conventional vets and you might be fortunate to work with one of them.
But the pharmaceutical companies and pet food companies have taken control of your pets’ wellbeing. I don’t feel that’s in the best interest of the animals to follow the same route that has harmed many humans. In the least, research holistic vets and complimentary medicine for animals.
Do it for your pets. And do it for your peace of heart so that when the time comes for your companion animals to cross the Rainbow Bridge, you’ll know that you did the best you could for them.
I know in the past, it has been a challenge to find a holistic vet. However, you might be able to find a mobile vet who is holistic. I would also try Petworks to find a holistic vet in your region.
There’s a myth that holistic vets costs more, but given that you’re not paying for state-of-the-art machines (although you might in some cases) and expensive drugs (as well as, unneeded procedures), you’ll find the holistic vet is affordable.
Preventative medicine ensures that you’re addressing dis-ease before they become catastrophic situations. Just like with humans, diet and nutrition along with lifestyle changes go a long way in keeping your pets healthy.
Disclaimer: I’m not a medical professional or research scientist. This article is based on my opinion that I acquired researching holistic pet care. I also write for Animal Wellness magazine so I keep up on the holistic vet profession and I’ve been impressed. I also recommend the Dog Doc which features a founder of holistic vet medicine, Marty Goldstein.
Sign up for an animal communication or distance Reiki session with me. I would love to work with you and your pet. I work with clients from around the world.
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Thank you for helping making pet owners aware of integrative vet medicine. Many pet owners have heard about complementary therapies for humans, but are surprised to learn this works also for pets. Conventional vet colleagues are not mentioning these treatment options enough to their clients, although these treatments go usually alongside a conventional treatment plan. If anyone in Scotland is looking for a holistic vet, we are a mobile service for acupuncture, chiropractic care and herbal medicine for animals. https://holisticvetscotland.co.uk Dr Ellen, DVM
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