Alternative Medical Practices for Canines

Why Should I Use Alternative Medical Practices with my Dog?

Sick Dog

Bodies are capable of healing themselves given the proper elements and nutrition. Alternative medicine, therefore, is one of the more affordable ways to practice good Canine health. The bedrock of this starts with proper nutrition but also includes the psychological state of the animal, immune system, and environments. Holistic veterinary practices include nutritional therapy, massage therapy, herbal remedies, homeopathy, chiropractic, acupuncture, detox, fasting, and bach flower therapy.

Nutritional & Herbal Supplements

Orthomolecular therapy promotes health by raising certain nutrients in varying quantities through supplement intake, such as NatrixOne’s Camelina-based supplement. First introduced by Dr. Linus Pauling, vitamin megadosing such as those found in enzymes, fatty acids, antioxidants, probiotics, herbal bitters, and hormones are administered. Furthermore, reducing sugar and heavy metal or artificial additives is required. Homeopathy treatment is administered through diluted amounts of medicine and is commonly used to treat dogs with arthritis and indigestion due to allergies. Similarly, Bach Flower therapy is a distilled oil that helps dogs overcome anxiety.  Canine Detoxification is commonly administered by reducing nutritional intake and increasing water to flush kidney and liver toxins.

Acupuncture & Massage Therapy

Redirecting energy flow in the body was first used by ancient Chinese to balance the immune system and treat internal organ diseases. Dogs with digestive problems have shown to respond well to acupuncture, as well as treating sources of pain. Similarly, Dogs who have undergone psychological stress have shown treatment progress when undergoing massage therapy. Massages lower blood pressure, release tension, improve blood flow, and show better concentration. Shiatsu massages incorporate acupuncture and can be the best of both worlds. Consult the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society for the nearest certified veterinarian.


Chiropractic Treatment

The basic premise of treating a canine for spinal misalignment is that the skeletal body structure interferes with normal body processes, particularly the nervous system. The American Veterinary Chiropractic Association can help you locate a local practitioner qualified to administer treatment.

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About the Author

Rich Coleman

Rich Coleman

Dr. Rich Coleman grew up in Fairfield, Ohio and began his journey into veterinary medicine as a kennel attendant at the age of 15. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Cincinnati before graduating from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. Dr. Rich took over Plum Veterinary Clinic in December 2006, changed the name to Four Paws Animal Hospital in 2007, built a new facility in 2012 and began a remodel in March 2019 to allow for more growth and opportunities for our community. Dr. Rich Coleman is the Chief Veterinary Officer for NatrixOne™ and completed our 100 dog study in 2018. After seeing results firsthand, he joined the NatrixOne team!