Unfortunately, many people think that once your pet is considered “Special Needs” or “Disabled“, that it is the end of the road for that animal. Thank goodness, that in the 21st century we have other means then euthanasia to assist these animals.
We’re going to look into Alternative/Complementary therapy options for pets.
Here at HandicappedPetsCanada, we highly suggest regular visits with a registered Doctor of Veterinary Medicine along with any other forms of therapy you seek for your animal.
First of all, what is Alternative medicine, and what is complementary medicine? They are a group of diverse medical and heath care systems, practices and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine. Complementary medicine is used together with conventional medicine, and alternative medicine is used in place of conventional medicine.
Chiropractic Therapy – Chiropractic therapy may benefit a dog whose experiencing moderate to severe muscle and joint pain as a result of injury or old age. The entire process is virtually pain free and a great alternative to surgery, especially for the older and weaker dog.
Aromatherapy– Aromatherapy dog treatment is most commonly used by holistic groomers and pet salons, in order to treat/prevent one or more of the following: bad breath, flatulence, itchy ear infections, motion sickness, skin rashes and skin inflammations.
Massage Therapy– Canine massage is a branch of massage therapy that promotes health in dogs. Specifically, canine massage therapy is a form of alternative therapy whose benefits can include helping to relieve pain, helping to make joints more flexible, improving the range of motion, and benefiting the immune system of dogs. It uses touch to maintain or improve both physical and emotional well being.
Homeopathy Therapy– A homeopathic remedy is a single substance which is taken from a plant, animal or mineral. These substances are subjected to a unique procedure called potentization, which brings out the medicinal properties
of the original substance. Through controlled studies and scientific research, there are over two thousand substances whose properties have proven to have a direct effect on the body. A few examples include venom from a snakebite, minerals like sulfur and plants such as poison ivy.
Acupuncture Therapy– Acupuncture is best known for its ability to treat mild to moderate pain in the body of a dog. It is also helpful for: Behavioral Problems, Cancer, Digestive Tract Disorders, Eyes and Ears, Heart Disorders, Immune Disorders, Muscle and Joint Problems, Nervous System and Spinal Problems, Reproduction, Respiratory Disorders, Skin Disorders, Urinary Tract Problems
Water Therapy– Hydrotherapy can be used in the treatment of osteoarthritis, orthopedic conditions, neurological conditions, muscle, ligament and other soft tissue injuries. It can also help with general convalescence and fitness.
Mobility Aids- Although not considered Alternative or Complementary medicine, a mobility aid for your special needs/disabled animal might work the best. With a huge range of products on the market, from slings, harnesses, braces, splints, booties, dog wheelchairs, etc, there is plenty of assistance we can provide your animal with.