Pet owners share with us a commitment to the health and well-being of their beloved animals. In this pursuit, the world of veterinary care offers more than just conventional medicine. There’s a growing interest in alternative therapies that seamlessly complement traditional approaches, promising our pets a life filled with health and happiness. I’m an integrative veterinarian eager to share insights into these alternative therapies.
What is Integrative Veterinary Medicine?
Integrative veterinary medicine takes a comprehensive, holistic approach to animal health. It melds the best of conventional veterinary medicine with alternative therapies, providing a well-rounded and individualized approach to pet care. At its core, it seeks to treat the whole animal—addressing physical health alongside emotional, mental, and environmental factors.
The Power of Integrative Medicine
My unwavering belief in integrative veterinary medicine springs from my deep respect for Mother Nature’s innate healing abilities. While modern medicine is impressive, I firmly believe that in nearly every disease process, a natural alternative exists that allows the body to heal itself.
This philosophy forms the core of integrative veterinary medicine — balancing the benefits of conventional treatments when necessary and the incredible potential of alternative therapies. We aim to support the body’s innate healing mechanisms with natural remedies and holistic therapies.
When I became a veterinarian, I took the veterinarian’s oath to utilize my scientific expertise and abilities to serve society by safeguarding animal health and well-being, alleviating animal suffering, preserving animal resources, enhancing public health, and advancing medical knowledge.
The Building Blocks of Integrative Veterinary Medicine
By embracing both worlds—the conventional and the alternative—we address immediate health concerns and nurture long-term well-being, enabling our beloved pets to lead lives filled with health and happiness.
There are six essential parts to integrative medicine:
Conventional Veterinary Medicine: At ARWC we offer all conventional veterinary services including wellness checks, dental services, pharmaceuticals, surgery, and diagnostics which are crucial for treating acute illnesses, infections, and injuries.
Alternative Therapies: Alternative therapies range from acupuncture to herbal medicine, spinal manipulation, LASER therapy, massage therapy, hydrotherapy, and herbal remedies. They address root causes, promote natural healing, and enhance well-being.
Nutrition: Proper nutrition is vital, with tailored diets, supplements, and strategies recommended to meet individual needs.
Preventative Care: Routine check-ups, vaccinations, and lifestyle recommendations reduce disease risks.
Collaboration: Integrative veterinarians work with conventional vets, specialists, and alternative therapy practitioners, ensuring comprehensive care.
Individualized Treatment Plans: Each pet is unique, receiving personalized care addressing their specific health issues, temperament, and lifestyle.
Exploring Our Alternative Therapies at ARWC
Acupuncture isn’t limited to humans—it’s highly effective for pets, too. Tiny needles stimulate energy flow (Qi) in specific body points, relieving chronic pain and musculoskeletal issues. Evidence supports its success in treating various conditions.
Tui-Na, a traditional Chinese technique, involves skilled massage stimulating acupressure points. We can teach you this technique so you can use it on your pet at home to enhance the treatments’ effectiveness and deepen the bond with your pets.
Herbal medicine, used for centuries, has healing properties for pets. From soothing chamomile for anxiety-prone dogs to milk thistle for liver support in cats, herbal remedies play a vital role in pet health. They offer a safe and natural alternative for many conditions.
Veterinary Medical Manipulation, akin to chiropractic care, restores proper alignment and function to the musculoskeletal system. It’s gentle and doesn’t require sedation. Pets often relax during treatments, experiencing pain relief and improved mobility.
Massage therapy relaxes muscles, improves circulation, and reduces stress in pets, aiding recovery from surgery or anxiety-related issues. It also strengthens the bond between the pet and the owner.
LASER therapy uses precise light wavelengths to promote healing and alleviate pain. Protective eyewear is essential, but the treatment is painless, offering swift pain relief and improved functionality.
Our underwater treadmill leverages water’s properties to expedite recovery, improve endurance, and provide comfort. It enhances circulation, reduces joint strain, and is valuable for gait retraining after spinal injuries. It also benefits pets recovering from other injuries or surgeries, improves muscle strength and range of motion. It’s particularly valuable for older pets with arthritis or joint issues.
In closing, I want to emphasize alternative veterinary therapies’ profound impact they could have on your beloved pets’ well-being. At Animal Wellness and Rehabilitation Center, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive and individualized care that addresses not only your pet’s physical health but also their emotional and mental needs.
By embracing conventional and alternative therapies, you are taking a proactive step towards ensuring that your cherished animal companions enjoy a life filled with happiness and vitality for many years.
Remember, your pet’s well-being is our utmost priority, and integrative veterinary medicine is the key to achieving and maintaining optimal health. Thank you for entrusting us with the care of your pets, and we look forward to partnering with you on this journey towards a healthier and happier life for your furry family members.