Navigating veterinary care is like navigating doctor care. Pretty clear when there's a broken bone, but everything else can have gray areas, right?
All doctors of veterinary medicine are trained in western, mainstream, or allopathic medicine. They are schooled in surgical techniques, anatomy and physiology, diseases, diagnosis, pharmaceuticals, "prescription" diets. In human medicine, this is sometimes referred to as "disease care," as opposed to "health care."
Vets who are holistic focus on health care and have received additional training. As a result, they have more resources to access when treating your companions.
So, is your vet allopathic or holistic? What's the difference, and why is it important?
"Allopathic" is the term coined in 1810 by Samuel Hahnemann, the creator of Homeopathy. It comes from the Greek language and means "other than the disease," referring to the treatment of symptoms as opposed to causes. Dr. Hahnemann noted that most of the doctors of his day used medicines that usually had side effects. Sadly, this still remains true today of modern pharmaceuticals and parasite "preventatives" like flea and tick treatments.
The basis of all holistic modalities; Homeopathy, Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, Ayurvedic medicine, herbal medicine, glandular therapy, nutrition, naturopathy, laser therapy, flower essence therapy, Reiki, Rolfing, Chiropractic, TTouch, Healing Touch, etc., is to stimulate the body's natural healing response and re-balancing without creating side effects.
Vets who have pursued any of the above modalities have done so to have more tools in their tool box for treating disease AND supporting health and your animal's return to balance.
Obviously, surgery and drugs have their place and are essential tools for certain urgent issues. However, they are often inappropriate for long-term healing. Often, as in the case of prednisone, they suppress symptoms, driving the problem deeper into the body, making it more difficult for healing to take place. On the other hand, used short term, prednisone for dogs and prednisolone for cats can knock down inflammation and stimulate your companion's appetite, so his body can start to heal.
Prescription diets have all sorts of questionable ingredients and some are not intended to be fed long-term. It's important that YOU know why and how the drug/food is being recommended and for how long to administer/feed before damaging side effects can occur.
Know Your Options
Everyone can benefit from knowing more about how holistic modalities compliment conventional treatments and facilitate deep healing. There is no "one size fits all" approach for our animals, any more than for ourselves. Each animal is an individual and requires her own special mix of holistic and allopathic modalities throughout her lifetime.
* How can you determine the best holistic or combination of holistic and allopathic treatments for your companion at this moment and with the particular symptoms or issues happening now?
* Can you find out which therapies best resonate with your fur child's body, needs and temperament? Yes! Let's do an animal communication session.
In a session, I am able to do body scans as well as find your companion's energetic resonance with various modalities and treatments for this situation. This can save you valuable time and money and get your companion the treatments that will help her most. Click here if you're new to me or here if you're a returning client and need a check in or confirmation you're on the right track. Your beloved will thank you!
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