Utilizing combinations of conventional, complimentary, and alternative medicines
to use the body's functional capability to find “balance,” and heal itself.
Trevor: icy warrior...
The Decison-making Process. If, after considering any controversy involved, you may be deciding to investigate non-traditional methods to resolve health or behavioral issues with your dog… how to begin? Those who advocate a more broad-based approach argue that traditional veterinary medicine, with its focus on symptom-suppressing drugs, repeated (perhaps harmful) vaccinations, and “processed” foods, may undress a dog of the most forceful tool in the fight against disease: the healing power of his own body.
Supporters of holistic approaches advocate that rather than turning to “external” therapies (such as chemotherapy and radiation), a natural—and more practical—approach looks within: to identifythe natural healing matrix within the body. Subsequent to a thorough examination (and perhaps, depending on the practitioner's specialty, detailed blood profiling), holistic protocols often include nutritional supplements, herbal treatments, and homeopathic therapies (often in combination), to facilitate the dog’s body returning to “balance” so that he can fight the disease himself.
Dakota: withstanding any competitor; for smiles
What is “Holistic” Veterinary Medicine? Before scientific medicine, curative arts sprung from alchemical treatmentsand ritual practices that grew from religious and cultural customs, combining practices to maintain and restore heath by the prevention and treatment of illnesses. Ancient medicine incorporated use of minerals, animal parts, and plants (herbalism), often used ritually—even as magic—by priests, shamans (mystics, or intermediaries between the human and spirit worlds), and medicine men. Medical anthropologists study the ways in which societies organize their cultures around matters of health and health care.
Science-basedmedicine, (medicine regarding information that is organized around principles and knowledge drawn from research that can be replicated and tested) is what we know as Western (conventional or allopathic) medicine, and enfolds biomedical research and modern technologies to diagnose and treat: characteristically through chemical medication, surgery or radiation. This emphasis on machinery, biomedical research and clinical expertise can often seem to displace the importance of ordinary human compassion in the Dr./patient relationship, as interaction between becomes fixated on protocols of the medical model. This distinguishes it from Eastern medicine,which is generally based in traditional, anecdotal, subjective, or non-scientific practices.
Allopathic medicine is focused on treatment of symptoms. Holistic (or integrative) veterinary medicine involves the search for the root cause of a condition. It is the examination that employs all of the practitioner’s senses to diagnose an animal, taking into consideration all aspects of the animal's life. Further to a comprehensive physical examination, the holistic vet inquires about the dog’s behaviour, distant medical and dietary history, genetics, family relationships, hygiene, and his environment including: diet, emotional stresses, and many other factors. Depending on the practice, a holistic veterinarian may utilize a combination of conventional (Western) and alternative (or complementary)
Sadie: tracking a gull... (in very fine "dressage")!
By its character, holistic medicine is focused on love, empathy, and respect. At its core the term “holistic” regards the whole essence of the patient: including examination of his environment, what he has been exposed to, the disease pattern, the relationship of dog and his guardian; and thereby aims at developing a treatment protocol using a wide range of healing therapies. Techniques used are gentle, minimally invasive, and incorporate patient well-being and stress reduction. The unity of its scope will establish a lifestyle for the dog that is most appropriate.
As the patient presents a state of “disease” the holistic practitioner challenges to ask “why?,” and undertakes a progression of analytic observations and suitable testing to unearth the root source of the pathology. A symptom that may appear straightforward may have several layers of causation: the holistic practitioner strives to find and vanquish this “true” cause of the ailment, because it reveals the possibility for a lasting recovery.
Coco: gracefully retired (click for link)
Holistic approaches are generally favorable for treating chronic, long term illness; settling the body, muscles, and nervous systems; and energizing the immune system. The most efficacious, least invasive or harmful, and least expensive pathway to cure or improvement is chosen. Committment of the guardian is essential.
In dire situations (acute trauma or infection), treatment may involve aspects of surgery and drug therapy from conventional Western technology, along with alternative techniques to provide a complementary whole. The complimentary approach often outperforms other singular methodologies, and other treatment plans can be brought into use. As the symptoms are treated, the mission
is not complete until the underlying disease patterns
have been redirected: when this is achieved,
the patient can be piloted to a new level of health.
What are the Major Modalities Used in Holistic Veterinary Medicine?
Modern Drugs, Surgery and Diagnostics: A holistic veterinarian strives to remain current on the latest advancements, and selects those which best conform to holistic traditions.
Benjamin: honesty and sincerity
Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine:Acupuncture has been used in China for 3500 years, and is the primary treatment for a quarter of the world’s population. Acupuncture is a technique for providing local anesthesia (pain relief) and for improving the function of organ systems by inserting needles at specific points of the body. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) postures that “Chi," the vital force that flows throughout the body, travels along corridors of energy stream (meridians).
Inserting fine needles at precise locations, the practitioner stimulates points along the meridians when a condition (a disease) exists that blocks the normal flow of energy along these pathways: the treatments eliciting responses which regulate physiological (organic physical and chemical) processes. Its efficacy having been well accepted scientifically, the aim of veterinary acupuncture is to strengthen the body's immune system, through stimulation of the adaptive/homeostatic regulatory mechanism.
Electroacupuncture: Acupuncture spans from ancient Chinese knowledge to state-of-the-art electro-diagnostic instrumentation and electrical augmentation. To support resolving pain or nerve damage, Electroacupuncture augments this process using very small electrical currents to stimulate acupuncture points. The current, millivolts and microamps, is measured in units that are 1000 times smaller than normal household current.
Behaviour Modification: integrates ethology, biology, nutrition, pharmacology, lifestyle evaluation and aspects of modern psychotherapy. Every discipline listed here affects behaviour (particularly homeopathy and Bach Flowers), disease and health. Humane considerations are often at stake.
Clyde: emmisary of joy
Herbal Medicine: Use of explicit herbs and plants for medicinal purposes has been practiced for millennia all over the world: veterinary herbal medicines include Western herbs, ayurvedic herbs from India, traditional Chinese herbs and other herbs procured from worldwide sources. It is believed that certain herbs have healing powers that are able to balance the emotional, mental and physical proportions of animals; and that the holistic veterinarian can achieve broader clinical effects than conventional Western medicine alone. Herbalists are often conservationists who drive awareness of global sustainable agriculture techniques, since the source environments in which they are grown may be endangered
by indiscriminate use.
As a systematic treatment, herbal medicine utilizes whole plants and extracts in the treatment of disease and safeguarding of health. Certain herbs provide vitamins and minerals in naturally synergistic relationships and high bioavailability, which may allow lower doses of pharmacologic ingredients to be used. Whereas traditional Western medicine has only food stuffs to strengthen chronically ill patients, herbal medicine adds tonic herbs to these nutritional protocols, recognizing the whole body approach (that the mind and body interact in health and disease), manifested in the use of herbal adaptogens. In addition to current scientific knowledge, diagnosis and prescription is augmented by diverse cultural traditions that can date back thousands of years: this makes herbs unique in complementary and alternative medicine because their use combines ancient knowledge and modern science to develop patient treatment plans.
Simba: quiet, demure... but a wildcat within
Homeopathy: Although Samuel Christian Hahnemann, a German medical doctor in the mid–1800's, developed the system used today, homeopathy dates back to ancient Greece (370 BC). The word "homeopathic" is derived from the Greek words homeos (similar) and pathos (disease or suffering). Homeopathy means to treat with a remedy that produces an effect similar to the disease or suffering, "Similia Similibus Curentur", or "like cures like": when a large dose of a toxic substance is ingested, it can produce death; but when a homeopathic, diluted, minute dose of the substance is administered, it can save the poisoned animal. A treatment is selected with the view that a medicine can cure a sick person if it can cause similar sickness in a healthy person.
Made from plants, minerals, drugs, viruses, bacteria, animal or insect substances, homeopathic remedies do not mask or suppress symptoms; they treat the deepest constitutional causes of the illness. The principle is that homeopathic remedies contain vibrational energy essences that match the patterns present in the diseased state of the patient. Although the remedies are prepared from substances found in nature, homeopathy should not be confused with herbal medicine. Whereas herbal medicine uses tinctures of botanical substances, homeopaths use ultra-dilute “micro” doses made from plants, but also minerals or many other substances found in nature.
Mega-nutrients, (Augmentation Therapy):Orthomolecular Medicine uses supplemental minerals, vitamins and nutrients that correct deficiencies, prevent pathology and reverse tissue damage. Supplements are prescribed that support the organs and body tissues, aid body detoxification and boost energy to support the healing process.
Nutritional Therapy: Advocated by holistic veterinarians as a primary preventative medicine. The patient is designed a specific diet which will be palatable, preservative free, practical and cost-effective, environmentally sensible and accommodating the guardian’s abilities to provide.
Veterinary Chiropractic: Chiropractic is the therapeutic system based upon the interactions of the spine and nervous system, the method of treatment usually being to adjust the segments of the spinal column Chiropractic can be used to treat a broad spectrum of conditions dogs in animals through manipulation of related bones, joints, and muscles to restore homeostasis. Healing potentials achieved through chiropractic are not achievable by other forms of therapy.
Petey: furrowed concentration...
Prolotherapy: Ligament reconstructive therapy. A nonsurgical othorpaedic procedure, in which the practitioner injects a proliferating agentsuch as dextrose (corn sugar) or vitamin B-12 combined with lidocaine (a synthetic crystalline anesthetic, also used to manage certain arrhythmias) into the affected tendons or ligaments, specifically, where the ligaments attach to the bone. Acting as an irritant, the solution stimulates the body’s immune system to propagate contiguous tissue: the repaired connective tissue stabilizes and supports the afflicted joint, relieving pain. As an alternative to the pain, risk, and recovery time of surgery, prolotherapy can treat chronic joint pain including arthritis, hip dysplasia, chronic tendonitis, certain disc diseases, and spinal stenosis. Success rate is comparable to surgical intervention, but at lower cost, and with few side effects.
Canine Nutrigenomics. The study of genetic markers associated with early phases of diet-related disease. Based on the model that nutrition can be optimized for an individual animal’s distinctive genetic makeup (genotype), nutrigenomics supports the cure, management, and prevention of disease by restoring balance. Examples of food additives include glucosamine chondroitin sulfate (joint health); Vitamin E, beta carotene, and selenium (protection from “free radical” damage to cells); Omega-3 fatty acids (skin health); and oligosaccharides (simple sugar carbohydrates, or prebiotics; and probiotics) to promote gut health.
Osteotherapy. Based on the principle that the musculoskeletal system (structural system of bones, muscles and nerves) is the underpinning of the body’s overall health. Practitioners use gentle hand manipulation to return the musculoskeletal system to is proper state of structure, mobility, and functioning; and thereby, all systems of the body are brought into balance, building wellness. Whereas chiropractic massage concentrates primarily on improving mobility of the spine, osteopaths work to restore balance to the body, and may hand manipulate certain organs to address inflammation. Osteopaths treat every condition that conventional medicine does, without risks or side effects.
Ty: breathlessly imploring his guardian to hurry
Gold Bead Implants.Permanent acupuncture. Acupuncture (insertion and manipulation of needles in the body) affects all the major physiological systems, by stimulating release of a range of chemical neurotransmitters, nerve activity, and the entire immune system, for a substantial total body curative effect.
In implantation, administered under anesthesia or sedation, minute gold beads or sections of thin gold wire are inserted through a needle into acupuncture points between muscles or under the skin. The precise points are chosen according to the specific needs and neurological problems of the patient: with substantive response noted for hip dysplasia, degenerative myelopathy (diseases of the spinal cord), arthritis, epileptic seizures, wobbler syndrome (instability of the neck vertebrae, affecting gait), and intervertebral disc disease. In particular, a 2007 Norway study documented significant long term pain relief in dogs with hip dysplasia.
Advocates explain that the gold beads or wires limit over-movement within the affected joints, which helps limit pain; eventually, arthritic tissues and excess bone formations are reabsorbed into the treated joints. Additionally, the gold implants exert a positive charge on surrounding tissues, which stabilizes the negative alkaline pH of the joint, supporting pain relief and inhibiting formation of future arthritic deposits.
Drew: "Who's just arrived?"
Canine Rehabilitation Therapies Aquatic Therapy: (swimming and underwater treadmills) in which the buoyancy of water enables range of motion by reduces pressure on the dog's injured or painful joints.
Cryotherapy: uses cold (or heat) packs to reduce pain and inflammation, speed healing, and decrease
deep tissue bleeding.
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT):used to break down scar tissue, reduce swelling, inflammation, and muscle spasms (fractures, tendon and ligament injuries, hip dysplasia and osteoarthritis); therapeutic ultrasound devices that transmit high-energy sound waves through the dog’s skin (causing soft tissues to vibrate and generate heat), increasing blood flow, oxygen and nutrients to internal injuries and wounds.
Cold Laser Therapy:low-level laser therapy that stimulates release of the dog’s own endorphins (reduce post-trauma swelling and facilitate pain relief).
Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES): low-volt electrical stimulation of motor nerves to cause muscle contractions; contraction/relaxation of your dog's muscles can help to improve musculoskeletal and vascular conditions.
Acoustic compression therapy: uses sound waves to provide deep-tissue massage in muscles, tendons and joints; increases circulation and facilitates pain relief.
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS): supports pain relief by disrupting nerve pathways through a battery-powered device emitting low electrical current to stimulate acupuncture points.
The AMERICAN HOLISTIC VETERINARY ASSOCIATION(AHVMA) explores and supports alternative and complementary approaches to veterinary healthcare, and is dedicated to integrating all aspects of animal wellness in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.
Tucker: distinguished, young where it matters... in heart
AHVMA Modalities; Quick Reference: AC Acupuncture AC(IVAS) Acupuncture (International Veterinary Acupuncture Society certified) Acuscope AK Applied Kinesiology BF Bach Flower Remedies BI Biotron II CH Chinese Herbs CR Chiropractic CR (AVCA) Chiropractic (American Veterinary Chiropractic Association certified) CN Clinical Nutrition CT Color Therapy CM Conventional Medicine
EAV Electroacupuncture according to Voll GT Glandular Therapy H Homeopathy HC Homeopathy Classical HC(AVH) Homeopathy (Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy certified) HO Homeopathy Other HMTX Homotoxicology IN Interro
NAET Nambrudripad's Allergy Elimination Technique NU Nutrition MT Magnetic Therapy MA Massage Therapy PMT Pulsating Magnetic Therapy RE Reiki, and KN Kinesiology VOM Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation WH Western Herbs
Suggestions on Finding a Trained Holistic Veterinarian
CJ: the brown mountain
Holistic veterinary gains greater exposure as more dog owners are aware of its existence, which develops opportunities for conventional practitioners to become educated, certified, and develop practices that will grow. But as demand rises, it can lead to consumer confusion, and perhaps even misapplication of terminology by vendors. There are veterinarians that claim to be holistic yet they may not fully understand the concept; or what consumers may expect. Many mix standard allopathic treatments with natural therapeutics, and are more comfortable with this model: especially for management of emergent and life-threatening symptoms.
Finding a holistic or non-aversive veterinarian is a more challenging task than a locating a general practitioner, particularly for those living in more rural areas with few vendors, or, communities where veterinarians are less progressive to adopt or at least be open to holistic therapies and alternative medicines.
Cranberries: sugar and spice
But attitudes are continually broadening. A Morris Animal Foundation survey identified that approximately 50% of disease-related deaths in dogs are due to cancer, this alarming (and ever-increasing) figure regarded by Martin Goldstein, DVM as an epidemic: the ultimate expression of autoimmune disease, in which a weakened and confused body begins attacking itself; (click here). Dr. Golstein observes that it has become a disease of the young, "and not because we're better at diagnosing it."
We reluctantly acknowledge a generally worsened global environment, with so many more stresses, pollutants and carcinogens bearing down upon our efforts to keep our dogs healthy. Scandals and recalls have fostered a growing distrust of commercially available foods, and the realization that our government is incapable—or perhaps more accurately, disinterested—to appropriately monitor the integrity of supply-chains for pet toys and foodstuffs, has led to an increasing awareness of the inter-relation between nutrition, environmental factors, and health. Contributing also, is acknowledgement of the hardships and limitations of conventional medical protocols, which in parallel, often don't seem to offer acceptable cure (or at least treatment) ratios for many diseases or illnesses.
Similar factors have led to increased interest in alternative therapies for humans; and the medical and insurance professions have begun to acknowledge (and pay for) practices which used to be openly dismissed as inefficacious. People now inquire if these same protocols might work for their dogs—especially for older dogs—to augment or supplant conventional or invasive medical treatments, and to treat conditions without drugs and their attending side effects. As either patients themseves or as pet guardians examining these issues, challenging conventional treatment choices which link cure rates to the level of invasiveness of a medical remedy has made holistic alternatives more attractive. Virtually every alternative or complimentary therapy in use for humans is being practiced on some level
for domestic animals.
Martin: the sentinel
Whether you would be searching for a specific discipline/modality, or, may not be certain what is appropriate for your dog, it is important to locate a veterinarian with suitable training and credentials. The organizations below list and/or accredit veterinarians in specific modalities, and you should further carefully question the experience of the practitioner.
For you to choose a "Holistic Vet" it is practical to first narrow down your needs. If you would be satisfied with a doctor that has a regular practice but is open to alternative medicine, the field is large and many of the veterinarians listed by The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association might meet your requirements.
Further to first-hand referrals from your friends and neighbors who own dogs... breeders, pet supplies stores, dog trainers, animal shelters and welfare groups may have practitioners to suggest to you. A useful approach may be to consult with holistic doctors or practitioners for humans: some have personal relationships with, or have holistic veterinarians in their network; (use the same terms in your search). Although it may appear archaic, the local phone book can be your best source to locate a holistic veterinarian: some don’t have Internet access or feel comfortable maneuvering technology; and many holistic veterinarians or practitioners have yet to incorporate technology into their “system.” For this reason, many don’t have website highlighting their services.
Sophie: a critical "in-situ" palatability test...
Alternative Medicine: The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (info). There are organizations that train and certify holistic veterinarians in different disciplines as well, as the AHVMA maintains a list of interested (but not always holistic) veterinarians.
Homeopathy: The Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy(info).
Acupuncture: The American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture(info). Some of the veterinarians in their list are totally holistic, and some don't even use acupuncture in their practices; but all have gone through the training and passed the certification exams.
Chiropractic: The American Veterinary Chiropractic Association(info).
Osteopathy: The International Association of Equine Osteopaths(info) certifies animal osteopaths.
OTHER RESOURCES: Veterinary Institute of Integrative Medicine(info) strives to raise awareness of the benefits of integrative approaches in veterinary medicine, and works with holistic organizations and animal wellness consultants to broadcast information about developments in the field. AltVetMed (info): information on complementary and alternative veterinary medicine.
Veterinary Research Council(info). Clinical trials of holistic remedies and natural compounds in veterinary medicine. Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine(info). Traditional Chinese veterinary medicine.
Otie & Pi: 60 and 30MPH, respectively...
ENDNOTES:  (Medicine)Modality is a therapeutic method or agent, such as surgery, chemotherapy, or electrotherapy that involves the physical treatment of a disorder (electrotheraputics: treatment of disease by electricity).
 Homeostasis is the predisposition of a system, (the physiological system of higher animals) to maintain internal stability, owing to the coordinated response of its parts to any situation or stimulus tending to disturb its normal condition or function. When tension is reduced or eliminated, a state of physiological equilibrium is achieved, (of which psychological calm is a component).
 Ethology is the study of animal behavior that emphasises behavioral patterns that occur in natural environments.
Niki: an infectious smile, borne of unfettered joy...
 Ayurveda is the ancient Hindu art of medicine and of prolonging life.
 Adaptogens are diverse natural substances that work through the adrenal glands to produce adjustments in the body to combat and increase resistance to stress, usually producing no side effects. Examples include garlic, ginseng, echinacea, ginkgo, goldenseal, and taheebo.
 Example: the eyes of a person peeling an onion burn, itch and water; and it is common to also have a runny nose or begin to sneeze. For someone with similar symptoms during a cold or allergy attack, (such as a runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing), a homeopathic micro-dose of the remedy Allium cepa, made from red onion, would help heal that condition.
 In pharmacology (the science of preparation, effect, and use of drugs), a tincture is a solution of alcohol or of alcohol and water, containing animal, plant/vegetable, or chemical drugs. The Homepathic Pharmacopoeia of the US works with the FDA to establish uniform specific methods for prepartion of homeopathic remedies to ensure quality, consistency, and labeling. A preparation is diluted using ratios of 1/10th (X potency), or 1/100th (C potency); and listed by its name, followed by the number of times it is diluted, and the dilution ratio.
 Orthomolecular medicine refers to the treatment of disease by increasing, decreasing, or otherwise controlling the intake of natural substances, especially vitamins (i.e., megavitamins).
Ember: smouldering worry...
 Pathology refers to the conditions and processes of a disease, or, any deviation from a healthy, normal, or efficient condition in the dog’s body. Pathology is also used to mean the science or the study of the origin, nature, and course of diseases.
 Allopathy is the method of treating disease by the use of agents that produce effects different from those of the disease treated: regarded as conventional, (opposed to homeopathy, see, discussion & footnote above).
 Martin Goldstein, DVM: The Nature of Animal Healing: The Definitive Holistic Medicine Guide to Caring for Your Dog and Cat; Ballantine (2000).
 Alchemy is a form of chemistry and speculative philosophy practiced in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, concerned principally with discovering methods for transmuting (transforming) base metals into gold; and with finding a universal solvent and an elixir of life.
 Spiritual systems include animism (inanimate objects having spirits), spiritualism (pleading to gods or communion with ancestor spirits), shamanism (vesting an individual with mystic powers), and divination (magically obtaining the truth).
Toffee: a most serious thought...
 Science: The "father of medicine," Greek physician Hippocrates (ca. 460 BC – ca. 370 BC), introduced the Hippocratic Oath for physicians that is still regarded today; laying the foundation for a rational approach to medicine. The oath was the first to categorize illnesses as: acute, chronic, endemic and epidemic, and brought into common use such terms as “exacerbation, relapse, resolution, crisis, paroxysm, peak,” and “convalescence.” Science (Latin, scientia, or “knowledge”) is a systematic process of gathering knowledge and organizing and condensing it into testable laws and theories.
The scientific method is the standard for science, enfolding steps for observation, measurement, experimentation, mathematics, and most importantly, replication: since veracity of a theory depends on its ability to withstand repeated testing (research) by others. Through research, a scientific hypothesis (educated guess, usually given in mathematical form) about a set of circumstances is developed and confirmed with repeated measurement, and any hypothesis can be refuted by subsequent research that contradicts its conclusions. While scientists today publish discoveries in mediated journals where editorial boards fact-check before publication, new ideas are not generally accepted until another scientist the research has been replicated.
Science-based medicine includes the study of many sub-sciences: anatomy, biochemistry, biostatistics, epidemiology, cytology, embryology, epidemiology, genetics, histology, immunology, medical physics, microbiology, neuroscience, nutritional science, pathology, pharmacology, physiology, and toxicology.
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 Medical model, a term described in The Politics of the Family and Other Essays (1971), psychiatrist Ronald D. Laing: the “set of procedures in which all doctors are trained,” including “complaint, history, physical examination, ancillary tests, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis with and without treatment.”
Sociologists have likened the medical model approach, a post-industrial revolution change, to concepts of tinkering trades (watch or electronics, radio/TV repair): an approach to pathology (study & diagnosis of disease) which identifies medical treatments for diagnosed symptoms while treating the body as a complex mechanism. Therefore, the medical model drives research and theory about physical problems on a "technical" basis of causation/remediation.
The medical model contrasts with the concept of holistic health, which holds that all aspects of the patient’s needs— psychological, physical and social—should be accounted for and viewed as a whole. Focusing on all facets of patient functioning, holistic health involves the patient taking responsibility for maintaining all phases and elements of his well-being. Other protocols arise through alternative medicine, which regards disease as a result of physical, emotional, spiritual, social and environmental imbalance.
 Eastern medicine generally refers to traditional Chinese, Korean, Kampo (Japanese), Indian & Unani practices.
Summer: Staying dry? NOT an option...
 Holistic medicine recognizes that each dog can express symptoms of a disease in different ways: that dogs with the same illness might show varying symptoms, and conversely, dogs with similar symptoms may be afflicted with different ailments. Regarding a particular symptom as only a starting point, investigation is taken of the patient as a whole, including the totality of his life history, environment and exposures, feeding rituals, and emotional stresses; in a quest to resolve not the symptom, but to discover the true, core cause of an illness.
 Energy-based therapies include flower essences (application of plant infusions for emotional or behavioral issues), reiki (transferring healing energy to the patient), and kinesiology (testing muscle strength to determine optimal treatment paths in a holistic plan).
 Unlike allopathic medicine, holistic treatments rarely brings immediate results, especially for deep-rooted problems. The decision to pursue holistic remedies often positions the dog guardian in partnership with the practitioner: at the outset, he must commit to weeks or months of treatment, and may be called upon as an active participant to monitor symptoms, administer homeopathic or nutritional remedies, and perform massage or acupressure (finger pressure).
N.B.: This essay is written for informational purposes only. Our goal is to build awareness of concepts and define common terminology to stimulate discussion. We draw your attention to issues and organizations that are or may be important to the subject at hand, but do not consider that our interpretation is necessarily complete. We would welcome your comments or suggestions. We do not specifically endorse any of the organizations discussed here, but interpret that they may be of interest, and have provided links to stimulate creative thinking so that you may conduct your own research (links are in blue & will illuminate when you pass your mouse over them: click to be directed to a site).
Sophia & Holly: despite apparent differences, marching to the same drummer...
“Daily, in the morning, this faithful dog, silent, sits near me, till I recognize him with a touch; at my little notice, his body erupts in waves, streams of joy.” —Rabindranath Tagore: “Recovery 14”
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In those facilities, 14,000 animals are killed each day, often brutally: even in archaic gas chambers...
many within merely hours of their arrival: why are they called shelters?