5 thoughts on “Are you interested in or would you use naturopathy, homeopathy or massage therapy to help your pet?

  1. I have used massage therapy for my dog and he loves it. Last time we went he gave the massage-lady a big kiss on the nose. I thankfully haven’t had any pets ill enough to need naturopathy or homeopathy but would certainly consider it if I thought it would help in healing some ailment.

  2. Most definitely. I’ve been using holistics on my cats, dogs, and rats for over 30 years now. Holistics allowed my horse with founder to live an extra 20 years, and my dog with cancer to live 2 more years when the vets gave him only 2 months to live. I’ve seen amazing results with using homeopathics on rats.

    This interest led me to focus my attention on holistics for Pet Rats and in 2002 I formed the group Holistarat.
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/holistarat

    Of course in consultation with an allopathic veterinarian, if the vet was open minded. Many are not.

    spazrats
    “my life has gone to the Rats”

  3. I would do whatever it took to make my pet feel better and get well again, they deserve long healthy lives just like everyone else!!!

  4. yep. one of the vets i work for is a holistic vet. many of her treatments are not conventional in the eyes of the western medical world, but there is no denying that her treatment brings results many times not seen in traditional therapies.

    in the olden days, she may have been put to death for being a witch, but in the here and now, she’s a godsend.

    edit: glucosamine/chondroitin…not considered a proven thing, yet a gazillion drs (and vets) urge their clients to use it for their joints with success. acupuncture? been in use for literally thousands of years, again with much success. if traditional protocol has failed, and the proposed homeopathy treatment is not dangerous, what harm is there in trying it? in my opinion, there is none, and in fact, there is more of a duty to try it than ignore it simply because you aren’t sure if it will work.

    when it comes to pets and holistic therapies, many of the applications are NOT used for simple things like colds. (do you think a vet doesn’t know that nothing works to cure a cold virus?) they are generally used to treat chronic conditions, where mainstream treatment has failed…i.e. joint problems, crf, cancers, autoimmune disorders like pemphigus, etc…

    being proven by the FDA isn’t the only way to measure the effectiveness and safety of a treatment plan. if it were, then there wouldn’t be things like people dying from ephedrine, which the FDA approved years ago with no problem.

  5. It is cruel to treat an animal with homeopathy, as it is only a placebo. Homeopathic remedies contain no active ingredients and supposedly work because of the scientifically-disproven theories that water has a memory and that like cures like.

    Your pet may recover naturally (and you may be tricked into believing that this recovery is due to the homeopathy)

    But the worst case scenario is that your pet does not recover, and because you have faith in homeopathy you are blinded to it…

    As a responsible owner, evidence-based medicine is the only option for your pet.

    Hi Kylie: the problem is you can’t tell whether a medicine you use on yourself (or your animals) is a placebo. Most conditions that homeopathy is used for are self limiting (i.e. they end eventually, like colds) or they fluctuate (like pain). It is impossible to work out what was natural recovery and what was due to the remedy by just viewing your own (or your pet’s) condition.

    That is why we have double blind clinical trials for testing ALL medicines. In these, neither the patient nor the doctor knows which remedy is being used. Unlike proper medicine homeopathy fails these trials continuously.

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