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Making the Most of Conventional & Alternative Medicine for Pets
The highest ideal of cure is the rapid, gentle, and permanent restoration of health...
in the shortest, most reliable and most harmless way...
- Samuel Hahnemann
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The Mavenjoy CDO has shown us the benefits of a holistic pet care approach time and time again. There was the miraculous chiropractic adjustment to relieve neck pain from a fall that left her screeching like a hyena and her "mama" channeling Shirley McClain in the hospital scene of Terms of Endearment. Then there was the impressive, full court press of emergency veterinary care that saved her from a felt pad off the bottom of a chair leg that had perfectly lodged in her small intestine. And there's our continued awe for the merits of homeopathic remedies for just about anything and everything under the sun. Plus a little acupuncture thrown in over the years for good measure. And certainly there could be no substitute for the kindly, patient bedside manner of our local town vet -- whether a panicked phone call about ingested bubble gum or a 2AM visit on a frigid winter morning. And quite possibly the most fundamental piece of our holistic approach, her food and our quest to find the best pet food for her while happening upon a genuine pet nutrition guru in the process.
What set us on our way to a more holistic pet care approach was The Nature of Animal Healing by Martin Goldstein. I read it for the first time over ten years ago and to this day whip it out regularly for tips and natural therapies for everything from fleas to elevated liver enzymes. And his masterful yet plainspoken analysis connecting disease and diet prompted our search and permanent switch to better pet food once and for all. As a holistic veterinarian, Dr. Goldstein helps us see beyond the symptoms to understand the bigger picture of what our pet's behavior, actions, test results or illnesses might be telling us. This allows us to make better decisions about how to care for them. He discusses when conventional medicine is a must and how to best complement it with alternative medicine for pets and natural pet remedies.
A Quick Guide to Holistic Pet Care
Check out the resources below to learn more about what kinds of holistic pet care might be available to help enhance your pet's wellness. There's nothing like that eureka moment when you get real results from an unconventional source or in an unexpected way. When you do, you'll be hooked for life and have happier, healthier pets to show for it!
- American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association
The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association promotes alternative and complementary approaches to veterinary health while integrating all aspects of animal wellness in a socially and environmentally conscious manner. Find a holistic veterinarian here.
- The Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy
The Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy (AVH) is made up of veterinarians who utilize homeopathic treatments to restore health. The AVH website provides a helpful collection of articles about the homeopathic approach for animals. And you can locate a homeopathic practitioner here with advanced search functions that can filter by country, state, zip code, certification level, animal type and more.
Mavenjoy Note: We are fortunate to have an alternative vet in our midst that uses homeopathy in her practice, but for maintaining general wellness and various common maladies, we are unabashed fans of as well as an affiliate for Native Remedies, for us and PetAlive, for our pets. They put out products that have worked wonders for us time and time again, and they have absolutely amazing customer service to answer any question or concern you might have (and believe me I've tested them!) plus a wealth of information in their comprehensive pet health and ailment database!
- American Veterinary Chiropractic Association
The American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) is comprised of doctors, groups and individuals working to expand and promote animal chiropractic. Animal chiropractic involves adjustments by hand or instrument to correct vertebral subluxations. And should you be one of the lucky human souls who has gotten relief from chiropractic care then you know first hand the promise it holds for your pet. Search for an AVCA certified doctor in the United States, Canada, Europe or Australia here.
- American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture
The American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture (AAVA) promotes veterinary acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. Find a veterinary acupuncturists here.
- Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association
The Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association includes veterinarians and herbalists committed to advancing responsible herbal medicine for animals. Search its member directories for US members as well as for international members.
Mavenjoy Best Practice Pick: Gentle Goodbye, veterinary hospice care and end-of-life services provided in your own home. This ingenious mobile veterinary service serves parts of Connecticut and New York during those excruciatingly challenging times for you and your pet keeping yours and their comfort first in mind. A truly needed service that hopefully spreads to every city and town -- find out if there's a vet hospice program available to you or ask your local vet or veterinary college about starting a program.
- Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
The Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society addresses patient care for seriously ill or injured animals. And believe me, you absolutely want to know where the closest emergency and/or specialist care is for your pet when you need it. You can search for an emergency animal clinic near you here + essential animal emergency hotline numbers too.
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