While traditional veterinary medicine is a wonderful thing and has helped so many different animals over the years, there are also other excellent methods of veterinary treatment that can also be incredibly beneficial to your animal. Alternative or holistic pet therapy often takes a bit more of a natural approach and gives your animal an alternative that may help them to recover when traditional methods have not worked for them. This article will discuss 3 different types of alternative pet therapy in detail.
Hydrotherapy is great for animals who have a lot of joint pain, or animals who are recovering from an injury, and aren't able to exercise on normal surfaces. The anti-gravity atmosphere that the water puts your animal in allows them to move their joints and exercise them properly, as they should, without experiencing unnecessary pain. You or the vet will work with your dog while they are in the pool to ensure that they do not become too tired and are using proper form. To keep them safe, you can also attach a harness to them to help you better control them while they are in the water.
Just as in a human, if an animal's bones, vertebrae, and joints aren't aligned properly, then they are going to experience pain. Perhaps one of the best ways to remove this pain, or at least reduce it, is to get right to the area that is causing the problem. Chiropractic care will allow your animal to get the exact area that is causing them pain worked on, which will help stop the pain at the source. Chiropractic care on animals is done very gently and only the amount of pressure necessary is applied to your animal's body.
Acupuncture is done to change the flow of energy throughout your body to help reduce pain in areas where you can't seem to find relief any other way. This same principle is applied to animals when acupuncture is done on them. Acupuncture needles are placed in the area of your animal's body where they are experiencing pain, thus getting the energy to flow in these areas, as well as other connecting areas. This can help get their blood flow on the right track or can stop this flow of energy to stop the pain. One of the most common uses for acupuncture amongst animals is for arthritis pain.