Dogs and cats do not belong on this earth by themselves; they are sacred animals. They need our love and care and we receive unconditional love in return. This makes it natural to want to give our pets the best possible care. They are members of our family, and we want you to be healthy and happy because it gives us happiness too!
Many pet owners see veterinary medicine as a “one-and-done” type deal; they bring their animal in for preventative care (vaccinations/deworming/heartworm testing, etc.) and if they stay healthy, we never see them again. But, there is a lot more you can do for your patients and clients once you start caring for their whole bodies (holistic care).
Importance Of Holistic Medicine
Many veterinary schools are now teaching the importance of holistic medicine; students learn to evaluate animals as a whole and not just focus on symptoms.
The benefits of holistic medicine:
– Prevents diseases and conditions before they start
– Enhances the immune system to prevent disease
– Increase an animal’s quality of life by promoting wellness, rather than simply treating disease. This is much less expensive in the long run!
Choosing A Holistic Veterinarian:
– Does the doctor recommend vaccinations and deworming? Many holistic vets do not believe in yearly vaccinations, rather they opt to vaccinate only as needed.
– Do they recommend gentle handling? An appropriately trained vet will prevent injuries during the administration of medications or treatments. They understand that restraint is stressful for an animal and can negatively impact their health.
– Do they recommend a plant-based, species-appropriate diet? A good holistic vet will discuss specific dietary needs for each animal and work with owners to come up with a well-thought-out plan.
– Do they address the whole animal in preventative care? Some holistic vets offer many treatments that may be considered preventative, including chiropractic care and acupuncture.
– Do they take time to listen? The best veterinarians are the ones that spend the most time with clients. They really listen to their patient’s concerns, then work together to come up with a treatment plan that is well thought-out and beneficial for the animal.
Holistic medicine is a philosophy that evaluates the properties of the whole person, considering physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social aspects.
It seems as though holistic medicine is becoming more widely accepted as a standard for veterinary care. Luckily, many practises are now offering holistic treatment options to clients for preventative care as well as disease management.
A holistic veterinarian is a medical professional who focuses on the whole person rather than just treating symptoms.
They understand that sometimes medication or surgery is needed, but also believe that many health problems can be prevented by considering your animal’s mental and physical wellness.