We love our pets. We feed them, bathe them, cuddle with them, and treat them like the family members they are. It follows that we do not like when our furry friends are sick or in pain.
But just like us, our dog and cat friends are made up of several systems including a respiratory system, a lymphatic system, a digestive system, a muscular system, and many others. And also like us, our fur babies can benefit from alternative therapies.
So whether Fido suffers from degenerative spine issues, neurologic disc problems, and hip dysplasia, or Mittens has cruciate ligament injuries, gastrointestinal issues, or arthritis, the following alternative therapies may help.
Chiropractic and Massage Therapy
Does your Chihuahua need its Chi balanced? Massage therapy and chiropractic care can help initiate the body’s self-healing principles, align the body’s energies, improve circulation, alleviate pain, and more.
Whether you decide on chiropractic treatments or massage therapy, your four-legged friend will probably need several sessions, but you should see results immediately. Rex will enjoy getting a massage just as much as you do.
Primarily used on dogs with hip dysplasia, ligament trauma, and similar injuries or conditions, canine hydrotherapy is a form of physical therapy and serves as an alternative to high-impact exercise.
Dogs are usually placed in a sling or harness which supports their body inside of the pool. The pool water may be heated and sometimes jets are used.
Acupuncture either opens up blocked energy flow or reduces excess energy flow throughout the body. This is done via a strategical placing of needles.
Pets suffering from seizures, skin disorders, thyroid problems, and other conditions can all benefit from acupuncture, but the most common pet ailment treated with acupuncture is arthritis.
Using a comprehensive approach to your pet’s health, instead of solely relying on medication and surgery, can greatly improve your pet’s health, as well as their quality of life.
There are other alternative therapies being used, such as laser and magnetic therapy, that may be worth looking into as well. Alternative therapies may offer more than just a supplementary option—in some cases, they may offer a real alternative to surgery and pharmaceuticals.
Massage therapists who work on humans are not necessarily trained or licensed to perform bodywork on animals, so either make sure they possess the training and licensure (such as CMT: Canine Massage Therapist) to do so, or speak with your veterinarian.