In decades past, veterinarians were taught that some feeling of pain could help an injured or post-operative pet to stay quiet enough, long enough to heal. More recent studies, to the contrary, show that mini- mizing any pain generally aids the recovery process.
Primary source: Purina Pet Institute
action; homeopathy is often ex- plained as, “Like heals like.” Specifi- cally, exposure to a large amount of a toxin (e.g., poison ivy or arsenic or anthrax) would likely cause specific physical problems, but in a small, controlled dose, it may stimulate the body to heal similar problems. We regularly apply Traumeel, manufactured by Heel, a blend of 12 homeopathic remedies for tempo- rary relief of minor aches and pains associated with bruises, sprains and injuries such as dislocations, frac- tures and trauma. It can also ease pain associated with inflammation and arthritis. Forms include dissolv- able tablets, ointments and drops.
Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine
Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) is a holistic ap- proach that considers each being as a whole—body, mind and spirit—and takes into account both diet and environment. For the practitioner, disease is the result of an imbalance of the body’s energy flow, which needs to be redirected, rebalanced and restored.
Herbal formulas are prepared for pets suffering from musculoskeletal injuries due to an acute trauma, like a sprain or back injury, or a chronic discomfort, such as arthritis. They are
available in capsules, powders and tea pills.
In medical terms, acupuncture can assist the body to heal itself by effecting certain physiological changes, such as increasing blood circulation and relieving muscle spasms. General conditions treated by acupuncture include arthritis; back pain; muscle pain and spasms; and stroke. A simple acute problem like a sprain may require only one treatment, where more severe or chronic ailments may require mul- tiple sessions.
Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy, also referred to as animal chiropractic, is applied to correct common misalignments in the spine,
restoring motion to the spine, as well as proper nerve and muscle func- tion. Misalignment may be caused by trauma, overexertion or the normal wear and tear of everyday life. Proper adjustment allows the body to fully function and better heal itself. The number of adjustments required to alleviate pain varies based on the severity of the disease or injury. Pain management requires a team effort, but the result—a pain- free pet that feels happier and healthier—is worth it.
Dr. Matthew J. Heller is a holistic veterinarian and owner of All About PetCare, in Middletown, OH. For more information, call 513-424-1626 or 866-YOUR-VET, or visit AllAbout- PetCare.com
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