Alternative medicine for dogs is enjoying the same boom as it is for people as they start to take control of their own lives. As an alternative medical practitioner, a homeopath, I am very excited about this. When people take control of their own lives, there is no limit to what becomes possible. The limitations occur when you hand over that control to others. No one else but you, has your own best interests so much to heart.
Once you start taking control of your own life, you start to question what’s best for your family, including your pets.
There are many different alternative medicine modalities about and you need to do a bit of research to decide what is most appropriate. There’s homeopathy, reiki, naturopathy, Chinese medicine, osteopathy, chiropractic, flower essences, herbs, acupuncture or pressure, massage, Bowen therapy, to mention just a few. Many of these modalities will only be able to work in a limited way. For instance (and I’m no masseuse, so could be wrong), massage will probably only be good for strained muscles. And, although some can act on a deep level, they can be slow to show results, such as flower essences.
And alternative medicine for dogs, really starts with their diet. If you’re feeding your dog an unhealthy diet, it doesn’t really matter what modality of health care you use – it’s not going to bear fruit. The saying “You are what you eat” has a lot of truth in it.
So sorting out the diet, to a quality, nutritious and natural one is a priority.
But sometimes, you need to do more. Sometimes, the diet is simply the start of the process to better health.
As a homeopath, you could say I’m biased (I agree!), but out of them all, this modality, or discipline, of health care has the greatest breadth and depth of real healing.
Homeopathy has the potential to deal with ailments as diverse as ligament damage, to heart disease, from an embedded grass seed to arthritis. The only areas where I consider medical services are required is the setting of a broken bone and the stitching up of extensive wounds.
I don’t know of any other medicine for dogs, where all this is possible. And homeopathy addresses the cause, rather than the effect, a refreshing change from mainstream veterinary care.
One of the things I love about treating animals is their desire to help in the choosing of the right remedy. Most dogs are pretty outgoing and will make it very clear when you’ve selected the right remedy – they’ll lick the bottle, their lips or your hand, they’ll sit expectantly and wag their tail, they’ll look interested and attentive.
If, on the other hand, you selected the wrong remedy, they’ll turn their head away, walk off, perhaps even snarl at you if you persist.
To me, their body language is very clear. You really don’t need to be an animal communicator.
Once you have gained a bit of an understanding of what’s available, you might want to choose a homeopathic therapist.
I am passionate about your right of freedom to choose. But to choose, you have to know something about the subjects you want to choose between. So you need to listen to both, or all, sides of every aspect of every junction in your life that offers you that choice. Alternative medicine for dogs gives you plenty of choice!