Holistic medicine for your poodle and other pets

Holistic medicine for your poodle and other pets may be the answer for a number of health problems and conditions affecting your four legged family members.  Your poodle, cat or other pet may be able to benefit greatly from a number of holistic treatments rather than the more widespread traditional methods used by most veterinarians.

Finding a good veterinarian is one of the most important things you can do when you first bring a new pet home.  But finding holistic veterinarian or a vet who incorporates holistic or natural medicine and homeopathy is possibly the best thing you can do for your poodle’s health, or the health of any dog, cat or other pet you may have.

A Poodle with a Veterinarian

Just as much of modern medicine for we humans, conventional methods of healing animals often do no more than to treat and relieve symptoms, but not effectively eliminate the cause of chronic disease and ill health.  The emphasis is frequently on drugs and surgery, while there are other means found in natural healing arts such as homeopathy, acupuncture and other alternative approaches to healing.

A lot of veterinarians today are incorporating things like acupuncture, homeopathy, cold laser therapy and even chiropractic for dogs and cats, into their practice.  They are looking beyond what is taught in medical and veterinary school and are looking at “alternative medicine” as an alternative to drugs and surgery.  In addition, more poodle owners and pet owners are seeking alternative healing methods because they themselves or a friend or family member has had positive experiences with natural medicine for treating a condition or disease.  People also are discouraged by conventional veterinary medicine due to undesirable side-effects of medications and standard treatments to arthritis, cancer or other diseases.


Some veterinarians are incorporating the use of acupuncture into their practice.  Acupuncture is an ancient method of inserting a needle into specific points on the pets body.  These points are known as meridians and they all have a specific effect upon certain internal organs.  Acupuncture can improve circulation, reduce pain and suffering in the body and help assist in treating many diseases.

Cold Laser Therapy

Another holistic treatment that is gaining acceptance is cold laser therapy.  This involves a machine which is held over the dog or cat’s body and the beams of light from a laser machine emit a highly concentrated light at certain specific wavelengths aimed at muscles, organs, tissues to stimulate the body’s own healing.  The light is transmitted with varying degrees of wavelength, coherency, power and frequency.  I had a cat that woke up one day and could not move his rear paws.  He had no nerve damage and no feeling or movement to his rear extremities.  I took him to my vet, who uses cold laser therapy and he had several treatments.  It only took a matter of days before his rear legs were completely restored.  It is an incredible healing modality with absolutely no side effects, whatsoever.  For more information about this technique, please visit http://www.vomtech.com/vetcoldlaser.html.


Going to the chiropractor for many people is a regular part of our routine when it comes to staying healthy.  Chiropractic is another natural healing treatment that can be used on our four legged patients, as well.  The vet uses a small tool that has a rubber tip that is used on certain points on the spinal column.  This allows the veterinarian to properly align the vertebrae.  Chiropractic can be extremely helpful in pets, especially older ones, with their ability to walk, jump, run and move more freely and with less pain.  It is also very helpful for animals with spinal injuries and can prevent injury and restore some of the animals agility.  Try to make sure that the veterinarian is an AVCA certified vet.  The Animal Veterinary Chiropractic Association is an organization that was formed to give people access to veterinarians who have been properly trained and certified in giving chiropractic treatments to animals.

Homeopathy, Herbs and Botanicals

Using homeopathy and herbs has become very widespread among modern veterinary practices throughout the world and has provided many people with an alternative to drugs and their side effects.  Many people are looking for a different approach to medicine and treatment that does not involve drugs and surgery, as well as the side effects of traditional medications and surgical procedures.  Many pet insurance policies will actually cover holistic procedures, provided that they are done by a trained professional.  Many veterinarians are also using herbs and homeopathy to help prevent diseases and to reduce the likelihood of chronic disease becoming manifest in your dog or cat.

There are many natural alternatives to medications for many chronic conditions and also as a preventative.  Even topical treatments aimed at getting rid of or preventing the infestation of fleas and ticks are effective and less toxic than traditional medications and treatments.

Ozone Therapy

In some veterinary practices, the use of ozone therapy is used.  Ozone (O3) is an activated form of oxygen.  It is an effective oxidizer which can kill different pathogens, toxins, viruses and bacteria.  Ozone therapy has been used as a way of detoxifying the body and stimulating the production of cytokines.  An oxygen rich environment is the ideal state for a healthy body to be in.  Cancer cells are anaerobic, by nature, which is without oxygen.  They cannot exist in a high oxygen environment.  The way the treatment is done is to mix a small amount of the animal’s blood with the ozone.  Then the ozone-infused blood is injected back in the animal directly into the muscle.

The use of ozone therapy can benefit all types of health issues like viral infections, cancer, degenerative joint diseases and conditions as well as autoimmune disorders and poor circulation.  Unfortunately, you won’t find this treatment available at many, if not, most of the vets offices.

Pet Massage and Aromatherapy

Massage and aromatherapy are also becoming more widely used and are great for pets as well.  Bach flower remedies, such as the use of herbal calming essence or “rescue remedy” for stress reduction and anxiety in pets has been proving itself time and time again.  We gave our dog rescue remedy after she was stung by a bee and it brought her back to a normal state after she experienced some mild shock.  Naturally, we took her to the vet, but he just gave her a check up and used the rescue remedy.

Recently in the news, a woman with a pet sitting service in Kalamazoo, Michigan has expanded her practice to Grand Rapids and is incorporating herbs, botanicals and pet massage into her holistic brand of pet sitting.

Lyman knows the Grand Rapids area already has its share of pet sitters, but she feels her company’s holistic approach provides the extra attention that pets need.
“Instead of just having somebody come and let them out and put them back in their cage, this calms them down. It’s kind of like a little spa,” she said.
Lyman said a lavender oil massage can help a pet relax when an owner is away.
“Sometimes animals get anxious in the day when owners are gone and lavender is soothing and not toxic for a dog,” she said.
Lyman’s also a certified pet nutritionist who shares her knowledge with interested pet owners. She said most major brands of dog food use corn and byproducts that are unnecessary.
“By going more holistic, (pets will) have less vet visits, greater health, better skin and coat,” Lyman said.
Even her homemade dog treats – included with a 20- or 30-minute house visit – are organic.
“I’ve really taken on an obsession with holistic pet care,” Lyman said.
SOURCE: http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2012/09/kalamazoo_holistic_pet_service.html

So pampering your pet is not so extravagant, I think.  Nowadays, people will not look at you so funny when you say you have to take your poodle or cat to the vet for a chiropractic adjustment or that you are using a natural flea and tick powder instead of a flea collar or a dose of frontline.

Look into the available holistic and natural treatments that are available in your area and if your veterinarian is not able or willing to discuss alternatives to the traditional medical approaches to health conditions and diseases, maybe it’s time to seek another veterinarian who is using holistic medicine for your poodle and other pets.


Help Prevent Your Poodle From Getting Cancer

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Don't Let Your Poodle Get Cancer

If you are interested in learning how you can Help Prevent Your Poodle From Getting Cancer, you should pay close attention to this article with some important tips on preventing Cancer for your pet. As it is with humans, an early detection may be the most important factor in saving your poodle’s life. There are a list of things you should take note of that could be warning signs that you should bring to the attention of your veterinarian right away. Take a moment to go over this list of possible symptoms of cancer from this article about how to Help Prevent Your Poodle From Getting Cancer.

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I write this week’s column with a heavy heart. A close friend’s dog was diagnosed with prostate cancer and died this past week. The veterinarian told her that prostate cancer in dogs is rare, but unfortunately, it’s usually an aggressive cancer. It most likely occurs in dogs who have not been neutered. Her dog was neutered at the shelter where she adopted him, but there could have been complications with the procedure.

According to the Morris Animal Foundation, half of all dogs will develop cancer during their lifetime and one in four will die of the disease. Early detection is the best tactic for fighting the disease.

So what are the signs that pet parents need to look for? The American Veterinary Medical Association lists these symptoms as ones to discuss with your veterinarian:

1. Abnormal swellings that persist.

2. Sores that do not heal.

3. Weight loss.

4. Loss of appetite.

5. Abnormal bleeding or discharge.

6. Bad breath.

7. Difficulty eating or swallowing.

8. Loss of stamina.

9. Limping or persistent stiffness.

10. Difficulty breathing, urinating or defacating.

Large breeds, such as Great Danes or St. Bernards, and dogs seven years and older are more prone to bone cancers. If your dog starts to limp or walk differently, don’t assume that it’s arthritis and have your veterinarian examine your dog. Our 13-year-old Australian shepherd/Lab mix dog developed bone cancer and the first symptom was limping.

The American Society For The Prevention And Cruelty To Animals (ASPCA) has these tips for reducing your dog’s risk of developing cancer.

• Spay your female pet before she’s one year old to greatly reduce the risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancers and neuter your male dog to reduce the risk of testicular cancer.

• Have any masses on your dog’s skin examined by your veterinarian and if it’s cancerous, have it removed as soon as possible.

• Don’t allow your pet to be exposed to cigarette smoke.

• Use pet-formulated sunscreen on vulnerable, fair-skinned pets.

• Avoid chemical lawn products, which are proven to cause cancers in pets, including bladder cancer and lymphoma.

Many times, these symptoms go unnoticed and too many pets can become victims of cancer or the cancer is not caught up and dealt with early enough. If you notice any of these symptoms in your poodle, make sure you call your veterinarian so you have a chance at nipping it in the bud, before it gets any worse. I am happy to share this article about things that can Help Prevent Your Poodle From Getting Cancer.

Please share this with anyone you know who has a pet poodle or a dog of any breed as this information could possible make a difference in saving your pet’s life.

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