These days many of us are taking more responsibility for our own health. We research health and wellness on the internet, sometimes self-diagnose, and sometimes self-treat. The quest for wellness opens up all sorts of doors we'd never bothered to notice before: nutrition, massage therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, kinesiology, aromatherapy, and much more.
We're exploring new health options for our dogs too. Are yearly vaccines really necessary? Are they potentially harmful? What can we do to prevent cancer in our dogs? What treatments can we give a dog that's in pain, besides drugs that cause more harm? The internet has given us the tools to educate ourselves and perhaps even question some once-accepted veterinary practices.
Fortunately, holistic veterinary practices are springing up all over the country, to meet the demands of pet owners seeking broader options for treating their dogs and cats. The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association is a group of licensed DVMs that use an integrated approach to treating your pets.
In central Washington, where many of this blog's readers reside, there's an outstanding clinic in the Tri Cities. The Coleman Animal Health Clinic is West Pasco offers many alternative and complementary therapies including chiropractic, acupuncture and homeopathy, as well as conventional medicine. If your pet has a serious condition and you're not quite comfortable with diganosis or treatment prescribed by your regular vet, a trip to the West Pasco clinic might be well worth it for a second opinion.
In northwestern Montana, the closest holistic DVM is LINDA DWORAK , DVM PhD PO BOX 1663 HAMILTON , MT 59840 Phone: 406-363-6489.
Surgeries, harsh drugs, and routine immunizations might NOT be the best things for your dog. If you're willing to consider alternative therapies for your own physical conditions, do the same for your dog. There are natural remedies for everything from skin allergies to incontinence, and a holistic vet can help you discover the appropriate treatment for your canine's condition.