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Animal Therapies Guide
A guide to some of the Alternative and Complementary Therapies that are currently available for pets and other animals.

Alternative Therapies or Alternative Veterinary Therapies have become more popular for pets and other animals reflecting their growth among the human population.
Alternative therapy for animals is described, as an alternative to veterinary therapy traditionally delivered by veterinarians and included in the curricula at veterinary colleges.

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Many veterinarians are beginning to introduce natural therapies in their practice.
Currently some of the more popular Complementary / Alternative Therapies used to treat animals are:-

  • Acupuncture
    Acupuncture has been practiced on humans in China for more than 4,000 years and the first use of acupuncture on animals can be traced to the Jin dynasty period of China from 136 to 265 A.D.
    Similarly to the application of Acupuncture treatment on humans Vets insert fine needles into specific spots on the body to stop pain, restore the body's natural balance, stimulate energy flow and release brain chemicals that promote well-being. Animal acupuncture points are generally similar to those on humans they have similar meridians and reflex-points to humans. but here are some anatomical differences. It may be used for a wide variety of complaints including lameness, skin complaints, gynecological and other musculo-skeletal problems.
    Acupuncture has been used to treat a variety of animals
    and has been found particularly suitable for dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, birds, cows, ponies, goats and horses all of which respond well to this form of therapy
  • Reiki
    Growing in popularity as an alternative therapy for pets is Reiki.
    Reiki is a touch healing system or a laying on of hands system. Therapists who use Reiki can work both in person and at a distance, and often recommend multiple treatments for chronic conditions. Practitioners believe that everything living contains Ki or Chi and everything living radiates Ki, the biomagnetic energy of our auras, and our pets. The aim of Reiki is to release toxins that build up in the body, this is known as a detox, or detoxification. Just as Reiki has human followers, many pet owners also believe it to be helpful
    . Animals respond quickly to the ease that Reiki produces .
    Reiki is non intrusive and can easily be used alongside veterinary treatment as it does not in any way interfere with either treatment, and it helps to speed up the healing process, it de-stresses a sick animal and will ease any pain the animal is suffering.
    Reiki is suitable for dogs, cats, and horses all of which respond well to this form of therapy
  • Homoeopathy
    Homeopathy has been used in animals (veterinary homeopathy) for nearly 200 years. Homeopathic vets use treatments broadly similar to that used in human medicine.
    Many modern intensive farms employ only veterinary homeopathy, without the use of antibiotics, hormones and other drugs. Among its other benefits, of especial importance in farmed animals, is the fact that it cannot provoke 'antibiotic resistance' in bacterial populations. Competition horses and dogs can be given homeopathy, without risk of falling foul of ‘doping’ rules. The use of veterinary homeopathy will clearly enhance physical appearance and performance, by improving health, it will notproduce 'supernormal' performance, in the way that a drug can.
    Homeopathy does not treat a specific disease or body part, it treats the whole animal using tiny doses of a natural substance, given in pellet form. This treatment is said to stimulate the body’s own healing power.
    Many types of animals respond to homeopathy, most pets, farm animals, horses, wild animals, birds, fish and many other wild animals.
  • Aromatherapy
    Aromatherapy is used by many humans and has found to be equally benefical for many types of animals and pets
    When used with the care and knowledge of an experienced Aromatherapists Essential Oils and Aromatherapy can provide quality support and treatment for both our animals and us.
    Animal Aromatherapy or Essential Oil therapy is the use of essential oils to help enhance physical and emotional well-being.
    Essential oils are antiseptic, detoxifying and revitalising, they can increase resistance to disease and strengthen the immune system. Essential oils can also be used to control pet odours and to purify the air from dust, dander and allergens.

    Many pets and farm animals are known to benefit from the use of Aromatherapy
  • Chiropractic Therapy
    Helps restore natural mobility of the joints and spine. The vet runs their fingers down the animal’s spine feeling where it may be out of alignment. The vet then makes any adjustment as needed. This therapy can help with problems such as hip dysplasia and degenerative joint disease.

  • Massage
    Improves circulation, boosts an immune system and makes the coat shiny (where relevant). The whole animal is generally massaged. A good therapyfor animals suffering from arthritis, stiffness and muscle cramps, or those recovering from surgery.

It is reccommended that before you undertake any of the above Therapies you should discuss with a qualified Vet

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