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Complementary Therapies – An Overview

Not very long ago, acupuncture, homeopathy, herbs, physiotherapy, chiropractic, hydrotherapy, etc., were regarded with suspicion by much of the veterinary profession. Today, these “alternative” treatments are becoming widely accepted and respected as viable companions to traditional veterinary medicine. They are more correctly referred to as “complementary therapies” and should be used in conjunction with and to “complement” traditional Veterinary care.

When animals present with conditions that fail to improve with traditional veterinary treatment – things like persistent lameness, gait abnormalities, loss of performance, to name but a few, many owners look to “alternative” therapies to provide a “cure”. But remember, there is no alternative to proper veterinary diagnosis and care when it comes to your animal’s health.

If these treatments were thought of as complementary to traditional veterinary care then many more conditions could be helped and many more animals treated before getting to the “last resort scenario”.

Complementary therapies for pets which work in conjunction with traditional medicine are not intended to interfere with or harm your animal. All complementary animal practitioners should work alongside your vet, and indeed, it is against the law (in most countries) for any animal therapist to treat an animal without veterinary permission.

If an underlying problem goes undiagnosed, then regular trips to the animal therapist will only delay the correct treatment and therefore recovery of your animal as well as costing you money. The sooner the problem is diagnosed, the sooner the treatment is started then the better for the animal.

In order for the veterinary profession to further embrace complementary therapies, we must be willing to be honest, and discuss these possibilities with our Vets. This should ensure that everyone puts the animals’ best interests first.

After all, Vets, like everyone else, just want what is best for the animal so don’t be afraid to discuss complementary pet therapies with your Vet.