Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of natural healing. It aids circulation, triggers the release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain reliever, and increases blood flow to the area needing help, which speeds up the healing process. Acupuncture stimulates your pet’s immune system to work at healing itself. Acupuncture is a good part of palliative care for people's pets if they have cancer (with vet approval)
Homeopathy has been described as helping to stimulate the body to use its resources to heal very specific symptoms. Its goal is to cure an illness, not just relieve the symptoms. Homeopathic treatment is based on the whole picture of the problem your pet is experiencing, taking into account his environment, behavioral qualities, signs of illness and emotional reactions to it. Homeopathic remedies may be of plant, animal or mineral origin. Holistic veterinarians use these natural remedies to bring your dog’s body back into balance and give him the strength to fight diseases.
For more information, visit the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy.
Chiropractic care is based on the nervous system and function of the spine, both of which are interdependent and essential for good health. Chiropractic is similar to acupuncture in that the flow of energy, or circulation form the nervous system to the spine, is the key to optimal health. This form of natural therapy is one of the most popular for animals. It is most commonly performed on horses, but also on dogs and cats.
For more information, visit the Veterinary Chiropractic Association.
Massage is the manipulation of muscle, skin and other soft tissue structures in dogs and cats. Massage can reduce stress, increase circulation, enhance range of motion and muscle tone, reduce inflammation and promote overall healing. Massage should be done by a professional at first and can be maintained by the owner at home with proper guidance.
For more information, visit the International Association of Animal Massage & Bodywork.
Laser therapy uses light energy to act as an anti-inflammatory, a pain reliever, to increase healing, to improve nerve function, and to modulate the immune system. Laser therapy can be used for most conditions, but is especially helpful with pain, arthritis, nerve dysfunction and wound healing.