Tuesday, July 6, 2010

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What is holistic pet care? holistic veterinary medicine?

Holistic pet care and holistic veterinary medicine is the examination and diagnosis of an animal encompassing the entire “whole” picture of the patient including not only the symptoms and disease patterns, but the emotions, nutrition, exercise and other lifestyle factors as well. When your pet receives a holistic examination, conventional laboratory testing and diagnostic techniques will be utilized, but these other important factors will also be addressed in developing your pet’s individualized treatment plan. Holistic veterinary medicine will treat the whole body, not just an isolated area, all the while attempting to minimize side effects and potentially harmful invasive procedures.

The goal of the holistic veterinarian is to examine the patient’s present state of disease and ask the question, “Why?”. A simple appearing symptom may have many levels of causation. While conventional veterinary medicine may use pharmaceutical agents and surgery to treat the symptom or disease, holistic veterinary medicine will use these conventional tools along with a comprehensive protocol of holistic modalities which include changing diet, adding nutritional supplements, chiropractic and acupuncture treatments to name a few.

As an example, a 5 year old dog may appear to be in relatively good health except for constant scratching and itching. The owner may be reluctant to bring the pet to the veterinarian because the pet appears “fine” and prior treatments with corticosteroids helped temporarily but the problem came back. A holistic veterinarian will look beyond the simple symptom of scratching and itching because skin is a detoxification mechanism for the body and is often the first place where diseases present themselves. The pet may have food or environmental allergies, a thyroid condition or a weakened immune system—all of which, if left untreated, could result in a more serious, chronic disease. Thus, in helping the pet attain total wellness, the holistic veterinarian will employ additional holistic modalities to heal the entire body, beyond just resolving the current scratching and itching symptom.

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