Welcome To Alternative Vet

We are pleased to welcome you to the web site of the Alternative Vet, a source for animal care information including holistic natural medicine techniques and holistic care, for the treatment of all kinds of animals. We hope that our efforts in this web site to provide information and opinion will be of value and/or enjoyment to you. One-stop site with information for veterinary homeopathy, veterinary acupuncture, veterinary herbs, veterinary chiropractic, LASER therapy and other natural therapies.

Here at Alternative Vet we provide information about vet homeopathy, vet herbal medicine, vet acupuncture, chiropractic manipulation, LASER, natural feeding and other natural and holistic therapies, integrated into a holistic therapeutic program and applied according to holistic principles, offering an alternative approach to the conventional norm.

The pages on this site are designed to give you information and enjoyment and to aid intelligent inquiry and research, especially from a holistic and 'natural' point of view. We sincerely hope that you enjoy your visit.

Animal Care

Holistic, Alternative, Natural or Complementary?

Here at Alternative Vet, we try not to be 'bogged down' by terminology, ideology or dogma. Much argument accompanies discussions on nomenclature.

We do not mind whether we are called holistic, complementary, alternative or natural. Likewise, it does not matter whether we are described as a holistic, natural, herbal, homeopathic, chiropractic, acupuncture or integrated veterinary practice. The information we provide is the best we can offer, for each visitor and it matters not whether it is perceived as 'holistic medicine', 'alternative medicine', 'natural medicine', 'complementary medicine', 'complementary and alternative medicine' (CAM - CAVM) or 'integrated medicine'. The emphasis is on animal care and welfare. We do not shun conventional therapy, per se, considering its worth in each case. No truly holistic vet can ignore the existence of conventional drugs which, while quite unable to cure chronic disease, on rare occasions may be the only way to control distressing or painful symptoms. It is noteworthy how much the body can achieve without drugs, however. Our holistic and integrated information is offered in support of animal patients, 'owners' and carers and the veterinary profession. We are always willing to assist vets in the US and worldwide in providing information on integrated care, providing the natural therapy component of a treatment program.

Acupuncture Vet - Homeopathic Vet - Herbal Vet - Chiropractic Vet - Natural Vet - Holistic Vet - Complementary Vet - Herb vet

We are supportive of herb vets / herbal vets, using traditional Western Herbs (veterinary phytotherapy), which naturally form the indigenous plant medicine. As homeopathic vet, we offer information for many different homeopathic methodologies, not being confined by any single doctrine in the delivery of veterinary homeopathy. As a supporter of acupuncture vets, we provide information for using needling, LASER stimulation, moxibustion, electro-acupuncture and acupressure in our pursuit of veterinary acupuncture. As a supporter of chiropractic vets, offer information for the correct skeletal alignment and manipulation for those that require it (veterinary chiropractic). As a supporter of holistic vets, we offer information on these therapies, as needed and advised natural, species-suitable feeding. As a supporter of natural vets, we work closely with Nature and have a deep respect for Nature.

These approaches, applied as part of an integrated therapeutic approach, represent a philosophy that is alternative to the current conventional norm but the use of alternative therapies does not do away with the need for a thorough examination and assessment. Nor does it preclude the use of modern diagnostic techniques where necessary. A truly holistic vet will take into account all these things, in addition to closely scrutinising lifestyle, diet, environment, riding, tack, shoeing, grazing, stabling, management etc., depending upon the species. We avoid box rest for horses, wherever possible, because of its ill effects on the horse.

Animal Diseases

Frequently Asked Questions

Answered by a holistic vet

While working with natural medicine and holistic principles may be second nature to some, to others it can be a new, daunting and obscure area. This is not helped by the misinformation put out from some quarters, in an attempt to suppress natural medicine alternatives to mainstream medicine. It is further obfuscated by the fog of commercial propaganda, designed to rob us of our self-confidence and lead us to buy skillfully marketed product.

In order to try to allay some of the difficulties of perception and to provide readily-available information and opinion, from the point of view of a holistic vet, we cite here some frequently asked questions with answers. There are also a few helpful links to other pages in this site or to other sites.

If you have any burning questions not answered here or if you can suggest a new category of FAQ, please let us know (contact details). Since we wish this site to be as helpful and informative as possible, to as many people as possible, we shall try to add material as required.

Some of the conditions that are commonly treated: abscess, AIHA, allergy, allergies, arthritis, aspergillosis, Aspergillus, asthma, atopy, autoimmune, auto immune, back, back problems, backs, campylobacter, cancer, cardiomyopathy, CDRM, CHF, Chlamydia, colitis, COPD, CRF, corneal ulcer, cruciate ligament, Cushings syndrome, cystitis, diarrhoea, disc, DJD, dry eye, ear problems, elbow dysplasia, epilepsy, epulis, ERU, FUS, grass sickness, headshaking, head shaking, hip dysplasia, histiocytoma, hot spots, IBD, IBS, incontinence, injury, keratoconjunctivitis sicca, kidney disease, lameness, laminitis, lymphoma, mast cell tumour, mastitis, moonblindness, navicular, new forest eye, OCD, ophthalmia, paralysis, pyoderma, RAO, recurrent uveitis, renal failure, ringworm, Salmonella, Salmonellosis, sarcoids, skin, skin disease, spavin, spine, spinal problems, spondylitis, spondylosis, suspensory injury, tendon injury, tendon, ligament, ulcers, urological syndrome, urticaria, uveitis, vaccination problems, vaccine, vaccination, vaccinosis, warts, Westie lung disease, wobbler syndrome, wobbler and wounds not healing.

We are also well used to dealing with farm problems, whether from infectious or other diseases.

Holistic medicine is a system of health care which fosters a cooperative relationship among all those involved, leading towards optimal attainment of the physical, mental emotional, social and spiritual aspects of health.It emphasizes the need to look at the whole person, including analysis of physical, nutritional, environmental, emotional, social, spiritual and lifestyle values. It encompasses all stated modalities of diagnosis and treatment including drugs and surgery if no safe alternative exists. Holistic medicine focuses on education and responsibility for personal efforts to achieve balance and well being.
Acupuncture is used all around the world, either along or in conjunction with Western medicine, to treat a wide variety of conditions in every species of animal. Clinical research has been conducted showing positive results in the treatment of both animals and humans, and the use of acupuncture is increasing. Acupuncture will not cure every condition, but it can work very well when it is indicated.
Treatments other than conventional western medicine are usually considered "alternative therapies." They usually are not backed by scientific data but by years of use. Some alternative therapies date back thousands of years. As more people use alternative therapies for themselves, they are also seeking them for their pets. The alternative therapy treatments include, but are not limited to, massage, acupuncture, herbology, homeopathy, and chiropractic. The American Veterinary Medical Association has established guidelines for veterinary acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathic, and holistic medicine.
Animal aromatherapy is a therapy where essential oils are extracted from the flowers, leaves, bark, roots, stems, seeds, or fruit of a plant. The oils are then either inhaled, used with a diffuser or diluted in a carrier oil and rubbed into the skin.

How does aromatherapy for pets work?


Just like with people, the essential oil or hydrosol is inhaled by the animal or rubbed into their skin. Their nose senses the oil and their brain processes the molecules. The animal’s body releases chemicals that can have a calming, rejuvenating or pain relief effect. After the molecules are processed, they go into the bloodstream and throughout the animal’s body.
The Bach flower Remedies is a system of 38 Remedies discovered by Dr. Bach to help us and our animals feel better emotionallyThe most commonly used remedy for pets is called Rescue Remedy has been used successfully on animals who have experienced trauma, have fear of thunder and firework, dislike visits to the Vet and Groomer. Dog owners have experienced success when using Rescue Remedy on their dogs with seizures.In addition the Rescue Remedy there are a total of 38 Bach Flower Remedies that in combination can help all emotional imbalances ranging from fears, hyperactivity, jealousy, over-protective, possessive, overly-needy, lack self-confidence, inability to learn and anything in between.
Due to the damage that horseshoes cause to the equine hoof, even with timely resets, many thousands of horse owners since 2000 have removed the shoes from their horses and learned to trim the hooves in a way that keeps the horse sound. The barefoot trim is frequently and successfully used to rehabilitate foundered and "navicular" horses, as well as to get hooves in top condition for endurance racing and other demanding equine sports.
Male dog neutering, otherwise known as sterilisation, "fixing", desexing, castration (castrating) or by its correct veterinary name: orchiectomy (also termed gonadectomy), is the surgical removal of a male dog's testicles for the purposes of canine population control, medical health benefit, genetic-disease control and behavioral modification. Considered to be a basic component of responsible pet ownership, the neutering of male dogs is a common surgical procedure that is performed by most veterinary clinics all over the world.
Animal chiropractic is a field of animal health care that focuses on the preservation and health of the neuro-musculo-skeletal system. Why? Nerves control everything that happens in your animals. Anything adversely affecting the nervous system will have detrimental effects that will resonate throughout the entire body. The command centers of the nervous system are the brain and spinal cord which are protected by the spine. The spine is a complex framework of bones (vertebra), ligaments, muscles and nerves. If the movement and bio mechanics of the vertebra become dysfunctional, they can interfere with the performance of the nerves that are branching off of the spinal cord and going to the all of the muscles and organs. As this occurs, your animal can lose normal mobility; resulting in stiffness, tension, pain and even organ dysfunction. Additionally, when normal movement is affected, and left unattended, it will ultimately impact your animal’s entire well being and quality of life.

Chiropractic Adjustments for Pets

A chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a specific impulse directed at a joint to reduce fixation and re-establish normal movement.Adjustments clear the way for the body to return to a state of balance without the interference of a subluxation, which is a vertebral lesion.Adjustments are done to the joints of the spine and also the extremities.Chiropractic can treat animals with back, neck, leg and tail pain; muscle spasms; nerve problems; traumatic injuries; difficulty chewing, TMJ or jaw problems; and stiffness from arthritis.It can also alleviate some bowel, bladder and other internal medicine conditions.And for healthy animals, it can maintain the integrity of the joints and spine.
Questions on the topic of Complementary Medicine for animals
Animal euthanasia also means "good death" is allowing it to die by withholding extreme medical measures or the act of putting an animal to death. Reasons for euthanasia include incurable (and painful) diseases or conditions, lack of resources to continue supporting the animal, or laboratory test procedures. Euthanasia methods are designed to cause minimal distress and pain. Euthanasia is distinct from animal slaughter although in some cases the procedure is the same.
Some questions on Veterinary Herbal Medicine & Phytotherapy
Holism or holistic treatment involves treating the body as a whole, including the mind and spirit and including a study of the diet, the lifestyle, the environment and the circumstances in which that body operates. It also recognizes and works with the two-way interaction between the body and its environment. The holistic vet must take all this into account, to fit the description.
Some questions on the topic of Veterinary Homeopathy
Some questions on the topic of Immunotherapy
Some questions on the topic of Holistic Veterinary Medicine
Some questions on the topic of Integrated Veterinary Medicine
Some questions on the topic of LASER treatment in animals
Some questions on the topic of Natural Diets
Some questions on the topic of Natural Medicine in animals
Some questions on the topic of Pasture esp. for horses
Some questions on the topic of Foreign Travel
Some questions on the topic of Saddling of horses
Some questions on the topic of Shoeing of horses
Some questions on Ovarohysterectomy (neutering) in dogs
Some questions on the topic of Tissue Salts for animals
Some questions on the topic of Vaccination for animals

Common Animal Treatments (see Therapies):

  • Homeopathic treatment - Veterinary Homeopathy
  • Acupuncture treatment - Veterinary Acupuncture
  • Herbal treatment - Veterinary Phytotherapy
  • Aromatherapy treatment - Veterinary Aromatherapy
  • Chiropractic treatment - Veterinary Chiropractic

  • Nutritional advice - Feeding advice
  • LASER treatment - LASER Therapy
  • Ultrasound treatment - Ultrasound Therapy
  • Back manipulation - Back treatment
  • Bach Flowers

  • Holistic medicine - Holistic veterinary medicine
  • Flower Essences
  • Tissue Salts
  • Holistic therapy - Holistic treatment - Holistic care
  • Holistic advice

  • Integrated Medicine (Integrative medicine)
  • Anthroposophical medicines - Anthroposophy
  • Natural medicine - Alternative medicine - Complementary medicine
  • CAM - CAVM
  • Natural Feeding - Natural Diet

"Information is power"

Hippocrates states: "The Physician treats, Nature heals, recognizing that it is not the medicine that heals the body but the body itself.

We have a deep respect for Nature and work with Nature

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