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Q: Do you believe in holistic medicine for your pets?

February 18, 2009 | By Leslieanne S C. | 6 answers | Expired: 2087 days ago

Leslieanne S C.

I think it can/should be used in conjunction with normal medical means(like a bonus) or if all other methods have been exhausted. I also believe that it depends on the individual pet/case. What's your take?

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Cheryl b.
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Feb 21, 2009

I would not recommend it, as there is no proof it works and it may hurt. Some of the holistic dog foods cause the dogs to have diarrhea.

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Karen F.
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Feb 19, 2009

I agree that the combo is excellent. It's not always easy to find holistic vets though. I happen to be a massage therapist and reiki practitioner and a student of naturopathy for years. My cats LOVE reiki treatments. I have always used reiki on any sick cats I come in contact with.

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Courtney H.
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Feb 18, 2009

Yes I sure believe in it. I truly believe Holistic Medicine saved my dogs life. The combination between eastern and western medicine is amazing.

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Annette1117
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Feb 18, 2009

I use a wholistic base, which I supplement with traditional veterinary care. For CJ (and myself!), I start with a whole food diet, including condiments selected for nutritional and medicinal benefits. Since I removed processed dog foods that just didn't work for CJ and started feeding her several small meals a day, she's been sick only once---required veterinary care---and is practically always at the top of her game.

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candace
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Feb 18, 2009

I think there are many holistic treatments that are valid. We do not have a lot of good medicines for treating liver disease, so we lean heavily on herbals, and neutraceuticals for this. Also, things like glucosamin/chondroitin sulfate are really great for joint issues. Chiropractics can be very helpful for joint issues as well. I have had several patients respond well to acupuncture.

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Pia S.
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Feb 18, 2009

Read sheltervt's journals and read some of the books that we have put on the dog recommended reading list. It's necessary and so many of us use a combination. I will never go one direction. The combination is incredible.

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