What is holistic veterinary medicine?
Holistic medicine is a term that means different things to different people. I call myself a holistic practitioner and by that I mean to convey two different things. First is that I look at the whole of the animal and work to come to a treatment plan that will benefit my entire patient and not just address one presenting complaint. Secondly, I will use the whole of medicine to come up with the best treatment plan possible.
Many veterinarians use different terms to convey this same or a similar sentiment. Alternative veterinary medicine, complimentary veterinary medicine, integrative veterinary medicine are but some of the different terms you may come across. I could use any of them comfortably but I feel that holistic medicine best conveys my attitude toward medicine.
Many of my patients come to me from conventional practices and are already involved with a treatment plan. Arthritis cases are on non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, seizure cases on phenobarbital, neurologic and cancer cases have often been prescribed steroids. And I do not feel that these animals have necessarily been done a disservice or that the conventional medications are even a big problem. My ultimate goal in practice is to improve the quality of life of my patients, and if that means steroids, antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, seizure medication or the like- they should have them. Western medicine is not the enemy. It is, however, but one of the many branches of medicine, and in many cases, it does not have all of the answers.
I will not typically pull animals off of previously prescribed medications when they come to me. This is assuming that what is presently prescribed is actually improving the overall quality of the patients lives. In such cases, I will often begin by adding in supplements, herbals, spinal manipulation, acupuncture, and/or homotoxicology remedies; and addressing diet and lifestyle issues in an effort to further improvements or decrease the dependence on the conventional medications. It is only after we see gains, or I feel that an animal is stabilized with the complementary modalities that I will talk to clients and often their regular veterianarians about reassessing the need for conventional medications.
The modalities chosen to achieve this end can depend on the presenting condition of concern, the patients overall condition and energy, owners constraints, and animal temperament. Some animals have conditions that would likely benefit greatly from acupuncture or manipulation, but the animal is not one who will do well with repeated visits to the veterinary office. Others will not take supplements/medications from their owners at home which limits choices of treatments to compliment the in hands on therapies. All cases have their challenges, but ultimately I need to be able to look each animal in the eye and feel confident that what I am doing is a part of a treatment plan aimed at health.
We must always remember that it is the quality and not the quantity of life that makes it so precious.
We all love our pets. As a pet owner, making sure your animal has everything they need to be happy and content usually ends up being top priority. From a portable water dish, to high quality leashes, to healthy dog treats and everything in between, going shopping for your pet is one of the best parts of having one. Here are a few things that most pet owners agree they can’t live without.
Every dog needs a place to rest, and that’s where a pet bed comes in handy. High quality dog bedding gives your little critter a comfy place to call their own. With it, they’ll leave your beds and chairs alone, giving you the space you crave as you lay your head down to rest every night.
If there’s one thing a household with pets need, it’s squeak toys. Playing and engaging with your pets is some of the most fun you can have on a daily basis. What’s better, playing with them keeps them healthy and active. So, be sure to stock up on your favorite toys- squeak or otherwise- and get down on the floor and play with your pets!
When your pet behaves, or when you’re trying to train it, you’re going to have to have some treats on hand to reward them with. All animals have different tastes and preferences, so try a few different types to get a handle on which they like best.
For those times when you have to leave for work, or when there’s errands to run, you’re going to need a way to keep your new pet secure. There’s nothing worse than coming home to soiled carpeting and torn belongings. A training cage is a great way to keep your pet in check, while at the same time not so confined that they can’t relieve themselves if need be.
Healthy food is important to both the life span and general health of your beloved pet. Even though it can be tempting at times, don’t skimp when it comes to their diet. Invest in their health, and keep your pets around for years to come.
Dog and cat owners love their pets. So much so that sometimes, rather than taking their pet to the local groomer, owners instead choose to give their pets a taste of luxury, by sending them to a luxury spa for some rest in relaxation. Some of these resorts, however, can go a bit overboard. Every pet spa that you visit will be willing to provide your furry friend with the necessary vitamins and medications, if needed, whether it’s a treatment for a bad tooth for your feline soul mate or giving a dry skin dog supplement to man’s best friend and everything in between, and these resorts know what they are doing. Some spas aren’t content with the bare minimum and take luxury to an extreme.
The Grand Pet Resort & Spa in Ft. Worth, TX offers pets three different size rooms for those that will be making a vacation, of their trip. The spa boasts some great services such as pedicures, a full brush out and expert grooming services. On top of that, they offer some of the best puppy treats that money can buy. And, they will be happy to cater a pet birthday party, for your furry friend and all their special friends.
From the aquatic massage to the “Pampered Pet Sessions” that include playtime, catch, and even a dip in the pool, the Morris Animal Inn in New Jersey really takes their job seriously. They want your pet to have a great time, relax, and be as pampered as possible and offer plenty of services to make sure that the pampering is every bit as luxurious, as you would want it. While your treasured friend is on “petcation” you can rest assured that they will be cared for better than in your own home. They will even tuck your pet in at night and read a bedtime story. They are that good.
Amber’s Luxury Pet Hotel offers pet owners, in South Corona, CA, a luxurious spa for their pets. Among the amenities in this hotel, you will find plush beds, room service and group playtime, for their overnight guests. Pets are definitely pampered at this hotel and may not want to leave!
There is no question that when Disney does something, they go all out. Best Friends, located at the Walt Disney World Resort, is the perfect place to take your pet, if you are taking a trip to the Magic Kingdom. They offer suites at different levels of luxury and services, and there is no doubt, whichever package you choose, your pet is in for a fun, luxurious trip to this hotel and spa.
The Barkley is the pinnacle of luxury and your pet will feel like a canine King and a feline Queen, when they stay at this wonderful location. This all inclusive spa offers more options than your pet will ever need, to provide the maximum relaxation. They boast massage, bedtime stories with tummy rubs and room service. If you are crunched for time, The Barkley provides “transpawtation” to and from your home.
Spending money on your pet to have a nice day, or even a nice vacation, at the spa isn’t always affordable, but when you have the chance, your unconditional friend truly deserves to be showered, in luxury at least once in their life.
Do you need to have the best satellite TV provider in order to receive the Animal Planet Network? Well let’s see—it’s offered by both cable and satellite services so I would say the answer is no. But you do need cable or satellite to watch it.
Your Kids Are Going To Watch TV Any Ways…
They might as well watch something educational and enjoyable. If you’re considering satellite TV for your home, you can genuinely feel good about it where your kids are concerned. There are any numbers of educational and enjoyable programming and networks available through satellite TV. Animal Planet is one of those networks. Though some images displayed may be a little brutal for both kids and adults alike; they are true to life and part of the balance of nature (and also unfortunately a sickening display of how humans sometimes treat animals). This channel covers everything from river monsters to wild animals and pets; it basically runs the gamut.
Are There Other Animal Channels or Shows?
The beauty of satellite TV is that it brings so many channels and shows to so many homes. Animal planet is probably one of the best channels to tune into if you’re interested in animals but the National Geographic channel frequently has shows about animals as well. Some of the best or favorite shows about animals are as follows: Animal Advocate Television; It’s Me Or The Dog; Animal Miracles; Dog Whisperer; Faithful Friends; Dogs With Jobs; E-Vet Interns; Wishbone; Breed All About It; That’s My Baby; and K-9 to 5. These shows air on various channels but chances are that if you’re going with any kind of satellite TV or cable provider you should be able to find them.
Whether you choose to watch Animal Planet or some other channel having something to do with animals, be sure to share the experience with the kids whenever possible. Children need to grow up understanding the lives and needs of animals all the way from those in the wild to our beloved companions.
We all love our pets but they can be expensive especially when they encounter medical issues that require prescription medication. Thankfully help is available and you can now buy affordably medication for your pets online.
One of the best places to shop online for pet medication is via the Canadian Pharmacy. Due to the CIPA any pet owner can have confidence that they will be able to purchase the highest quality medications for the most affordable prices.
Not only can you buy pet medications online you can also buy Plavix from Canada and a variety of other prescription medications as well too.