DOG ALTERNATIVE HEALTH

Canine Acupuncture

Acupuncture, or the practice of using needles to stimulate pressure points on the body, has been used by humans for thousands of years, and gained popular. Acupuncture for dogs took a few years longer to catch on: it was approved as an “alternate therapy”. For dogs, according to the needling specific points leads to the release of chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain,” thus stimulating healing.Although the health benefits are difficult to prove scientifically, there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest that acupuncture therapy can help relieve dogs of joint and muscle pain, encourage healing after trauma or surgery, and even treat the symptoms of diabetes and cancer.

Acupuncture is that it has virtually no side effects, and won’t interfere with other treatment or medication.If you have the budget (and your dog will sit still), it’s a low-risk treatment with potentially huge rewards. Many animal clinics have a licensed acupuncturist on staff, or can readily refer you to a practitioner, so ask your veterinarian if acupuncture is right for your dog.

Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy is exactly what it sounds like: physical therapy in water. It’s recommended for dogs who need low-impact exercise, whether they’re recovering from injury or surgery; suffering from joint issues or arthritis; or are simply older or overweight and in need of safe cardiovascular activity..

your dog will be guided into a pool of heated water (the warmer temperature helps soothe muscles and joints) and led through 15-30 minutes of swimming or walking on an underwater treadmill. Depending on your dog’s comfort level and swimming ability, a harness or life jacket may be used to help keep them level and above water.Hydrotherapy helps build muscle, improve mobility, increase circulation, and decrease stress, and it’s a great workout. If your dog is suffering from a degenerative condition or could stand to use some weight, ask your veterinarian for a referral to a hydrotherapy pool in your area.

  Herbal Medicine

Uses herbal ingredient in particular combinations or formulas to treat particular disease patterns, and is best used in conjunction with veterinary medicine to treat chronic conditions. Proponents of herbal medicine claim it can be used to relieve pain, help improve and restore organ function, and strengthen and support the immune system.As with acupuncture, the benefits of herbal treatments for dogs are hard to prove, but many people have seen their dogs’ health and happiness improve with the use of herbs. Some herbs are not safe to use alongside medications such as blood thinners and and diuretics, and as is the case with any ingested medication.

Magnetic Field Therapy

Magnet therapy is the use of magnetic fields to treat illness or injury, it is “most often used to enhance healing from injuries and wounds” or to treat chronic joint and connective tissue conditions.The bad news is, magnetic therapy isn’t very popular among medical professionals.

The good news is, magnetic field therapy is inexpensive, non-invasive, has virtually no side effects, and many dog people swear by its healing power.You can talk to your vet about the possibility of magnet therapy alongside medical treatment.

Canine Massage

As with human massage, dog massage encourages healing by improving blood flow, stimulating nerves, relaxing muscles, and relieving stress. it feels good, and it promotes bonding between dog and person. After all, who doesn’t love a soothing massage from a loved one? Not all of the above treatments have scientifically proven benefits, but the majority have no dangerous side effects, and they all have fans who say holistic treatments have helped their dogs feel better and live longer. Just be sure to consult a holistic veterinarian who uses alternative treatments consciously alongside medicine and can help you determine the best all-around care plan for your best friend..