Alternative Medicine for Dogs of all Breeds and Types

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See also: Vaccination issues or Holistic Dog or Natural Feeding of Dogs


A man’s best friend is his dog, so we are told, and who would like to argue? Dogs are a great lesson to us, in how to live. Each hour of each day is lived for its own sake, rather than spoiling it with the anxieties or disappointments of past and future. Each morning they greet us as if they hadn’t seen us for a year, showing us totally unselfish love and companionship.

Dogs have pulled sleds, carried weapons, guarded sheep, herded livestock, protected property and homes, found and rescued missing persons, listened for the deaf, looked out for the blind, sniffed out drugs or explosives, located food, aided hunting, controlled vermin, enforced laws, performed therapy, entertained us and been loyal companions for mankind, for millennia. Dogs even took Amundsen to the South Pole in 1911, ahead of Scott. Dogs have, since domestication, served a useful and health-protecting scavenging role, around human habitation. Their relative, the wolf, has even been credited with being nursemaid to human young.

The dog is an omnivorous species, with a great ability to deal with meat, bone and carrion (carnivorous adaptation). Failure to offer a natural diet can result in a great health penalty.

Because they live with us, however, they also suffer many of our diseases. They suffer heart disease and cancer, skin disease and arthritis, epilepsy and chronic bowel disorders. In our modern culture, we come to accept these as part of normal life for our dogs, just as we do for ourselves; we seem to believe that older dogs should expect illness. This is wrong. Old age is not a disease, nor is disease an inevitable part of life. Our dogs should be able to live to a healthy old age, dying with dignity when the time is right for them. Dogs who are reared on a natural diet and not over-vaccinated appear to be able to do this very satisfactorily.

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We treat dogs with homeopathy, acupuncture, herbs (herbal medicine), chiropractic manipulation and nutritional therapy as the main therapies offered. Other therapies may be used, according to need. The most common canine conditions we are asked to treat are arthritis, skin problems (atopy, allergy, allergic dermatitis, pyoderma, eczema, hot spots, pruritus, urticaria, dermatitis, itchy dog), ear problems (otitis externa, otitis media), cruciate injury, lameness, IBD, interdigital cysts, CDRM, eye problems, autoimmune problems (auto-immune) and cancer but we take on any problem in a positive manner. [In the case of eye problems (corneal ulceration in particular), we have been surprised over the last 40 years by the eye's tremendous healing capability. We have never needed to resort to surgery, in that time, for corneal ulcers and for the chronic sequelae of corneal ulceration. We have used homeopathy, sometimes supported by acupuncture.] Of course, our case intake tends to represent the more troublesome conditions. For instance, we have seen a number of cases of Aspergillus sinusitis (Aspergillosis) over the years, along with a great many autoimmune disease. We are seeing ever-increasing numbers of cancer cases, which must be an indictment of modern dog management (we are concerned at the possibility of vaccination involvement in both the latter disease syndromes).

We usually see dogs at the AVMC premises but house visits can also be arranged, more or less UK-wide.

Whether we see dogs at the AVMC or at their homes, we look closely at previous veterinary history and results of any tests or investigations. We take an extensive history, enquire into diet and lifestyle, ask about management of the home, garden and other environments, examine the dog closely and select appropriate therapy, whether homeopathic, herbal, acupuncture, chiropractic or other therapy. It may even be an integrated combination of these. We also advise on future management for health, to boost our chances of a successful outcome.

The reason for this strategy is to optimise/maximise healing ability, so that the best use is made of the extraordinary capacity of natural medicine to stimulate the regenerative and healing mechanisms innate in the body.

Dogs generally accept Acupuncture very well. If an occasional patient objects, we do not sedate. Not only is that a potentially toxic drug input but it also corrupts or annihilates the body's proper responses to treatment. Instead, we offer painless LASER Acupuncture, which they tend to find very relaxing. Homeopathy and Herbs are also well-accepted. Chiropractic manipulation can also be necessary for optimum working capability, welfare and health.


While offering a radically alternative approach to the conventional way of thinking, the use of homeopathy, acupuncture, herbal medicine (herbs) and other alternative therapies does not rule out the need for a proper examination and assessment of each patient, necessary diagnostic tests, appropriate measures to repair injury and a study of natural lifestyle and diet, in order to be able to speed recovery. We have enjoyed a good measure of success through this methodology, seeing, as in other species, recoveries from diseases usually associated with a poor prognosis in conventional terms and wisdom.

  • Have you ever been told that your dog is now untreatable?
  • Have you ever been told that your dog must stay on drugs for his lifetime, accepting the risk of side-effects?
  • Is your dog ageing before his time?
  • Do you know what is in the foods or supplements you are using?
  • Are you confused by manufacturers' claims?

There may be another way ….. Holistic methodology may provide some of the answers you are seeking.

The AVMC is conducting objective analysis of clinical outcomes from cases seen. These results are being updated on an ongoing basis. To view them, click here.

See also:

Dog Acupuncture
Dog Homeopathy
Dog Herbs
Sticks & Balls
Dog Topics
Case Histories
Dog Diseases
Back Problems
Nutrition & Natural Feeding
Preventive Medicine
Notifiable Diseases
Law affecting Dog Owners
Articles about Dogs


See also: Idiopathic disease

To give examples, these conditions contribute to the workload of the AVMC:

Abscess Achropachia Addisons Disease
AIHA Allergy – Allergies Alopecia Anaemia – Anemia
Anal Furunculosis Arthritis Aopy Auto-immune Autoimmune
Back & Neck Problems Behavioural Problems Bloat Borreliosis
Botulism Campylobacter Cancer Canine Stroke – Stroke Carcinoma
Cardiomyopathy Cataract CDRM Chronic Diarrhoea Colitis, IBD, IBS
Conjunctivitis Coprophagy Corneal Lipidosis Corneal Ulceration Cough
Craniomandibular OsteopathyCMO
Cruciate Ligament Cryptorchidism Cushing's Disease Cushings Disease Cutaneous Vasculitis
Cutaneous Vasculopathy Cystitis Demodectic Mange Dermatitis Diabetes Insipidus
Diabetes Mellitus Diarrhoea Disc Disease – PID – IVD Distemper DJD
Dry Eye Ear Problems Eczema Elbow Dysplasia
Encephalitis Epilepsy Epistaxis Epulis – Epulid
Equine Influenza Eye Problems Fading Puppy Syndrome False Lactation False Pregnancy
Fears Fibrosarcoma Fibrous Dysplasia Fleas Food Poisoning
Foreign Body Fracture
Gastro-Enteritis Glaucoma Grass Seed Gums – Gingivitis
Haematoma Head Gland Disease Heart Disease Heat Stress Heat Stroke
Hepatitis Hepatocutaneous syndrome Hepatopathy Herpes Virus Hip Dysplasia
Histiocytoma HODHypertrophic Osteodystrophy Hormonal Alopecia Hormonal Skin Problems Horners Syndrome
Hyperthyroid Hypothyroid Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
IMHA Incontinence Infertility & Hormones Interdigital cysts
IPF Kennel Cough Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca Kidney Problems Laryngeal Paralysis
Legg-Perthes      Legg-Calvé-Perthes
Leishmaniasis Leishmaniosis Leptospirosis Leucosis Leukaemia
Ligament Injury Liver Disease Lungworm Lupus Luxating Patella
Lyme Disease Malar Abscess Mange Marie's Disease
Mast Cell Tumour Melanoma Meningitis Metaphyseal Osteopathy Moller Barlow Disease
MRSA Myositis Myxoedema Nose Bleed Obesity
OCD Osteoarthritis Osteodystrophies Osteodystrophy II Osteomalacia
Osteomyelitis Osteosarcoma Pancreatic Insufficiency Pancreatitis Panosteitis
Paralysis Parvovirus Patella Luxation
Pemphigus Perianal Fistula Pseudopregnancy Pulmonary Fibrosis Pyoderma
Pyometra – Pyometritis Rabies Vaccine Induced Ischaemic Dermatopathy Renal Failure (CRF) Retained Testicle Reverse Sneezing
Rickets Sinusitis Sarcoptic Mange SARDS – Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome SIBO
Skeletal Scurvy Skin Problems
SLE Smoking Spondylitis Spondylosis Syringomyelia
Teeth & Gums Testicle Retained Thyroid Ticks
Travel Sickness Ulcers Undescended Testicle
Urolithiasis Urticaria (Hives) Vaccination Problems Vestibular Syndrome Warts
Westie Lung Disease Wobbler Syndrome Wounds

See also: Idiopathic disease

Click on any condition for more information. Send a request if a disease is not shown or is not yet covered. N.B. Some of these links are in preparation.

In addition to the above links, we have a suite of brief introductory pages for quick reference on the following:

AllergyArthritisAtopyAutoimmune DisordersBack ProblemsBehavioural ProblemsCancerCDRMColitisCushingsDisc DiseaseDisc ProlapseDry EyeEpilepsyHeart DiseaseIBDIBSKCSKeratitis SiccaKeratoconjunctivitis SiccaKidney DiseaseParalysisProlapsed Intervertebral DiscSkin Problems

If these prove useful to readers and if we receive requests for others, we shall try to oblige as soon as possible.

The most common canine health problem seen at the AVMC is dog skin disease / dog skin problems (e.g. eczema, pyoderma, allergy, allergic dermatitis, atopy). This eloquently demonstrates the load that modern life and management put on the dog's immune system. When embarking on a treatment program, we attempt to analyse the diet, lifestyle and environment of the dog patient, such that these pressures are much reduced.

While the only promises that can be made are that we will always concentrate and put in maximum effort on your dog's behalf, and strive for excellence in the application of holistic natural medicine techniques, we are able to report an encouraging level of success in such troublesome and chronic conditions. A great many dogs have surprised their human companions with their ability to defy prognosis and recover. Follow a full (and sometimes demanding) holistic program and trust your dog’s healing ability, for maximum chances of success.

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See also: Pet Care

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Common signs of ill health or impending ill health are: loss of fun, inability to make certain movements, inability to jump up, stiffness on rising, lameness (limping), reduced exercise tolerance, reduced stamina, decreased appetite, noisy breathing, heavy breathing, rapid breathing, increased thirst, laziness, sleepiness, head tilt, loss of balance, fits, fitting, seizures, convulsions, shaking head, shaking ears, scratching ears, poor coat (dull coat), dull eye, excessive blinking, bleeding, sickness, vomiting, dribbling, drooling, diarrhoea, abnormal discharges (nasal discharge, eye discharge, ear discharge), difficulty urinating, frequent urination, dribbling urine, leaking urine, difficulty defaecating, mucus in stool, blood in stool, blood in urine, abnormal odours (breath, skin, discharges), frequent sneezing, coughing, loss of muscle (muscle loss), unexpected weight loss, increased appetite with reduced weight, itching and scratching (itchiness), dry nose, crusty nose (and/or crustiness in nostrils), bottom rubbing (scooting), licking persistently.

Dog vital information:

Reasonable life expectancy 14 – 18 years (smaller dogs tend to the higher end – some have been known to live into their twenties – giant breeds tend to be able to expect 9 – 12 years)*

Rectal Temperature Respiratory Rate Heart Rate Gestation Period
101.5oF / 38.5oC 22 breaths per minute 110 (100-130) 58-70 days

* These figures refer to dogs raised and kept on a holistic regimen. A poor diet and over-vaccination appear to reduce expectancy.

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Health Warning

Spot-on Flea Treatments

While we have long been concerned that there may be nerve toxicity connected with certain spot-on flea treatments, the strongest suggestion yet has come from a client who has reported repeated hind limb weakness in a cat following spot-on treatment and in another of her cats, that we had successfully treated for megacolon, relapse after spot-on flea treatment.

This still does not amount to proof but gives cause for concern. Remember too that the family is also exposed to these chemicals.

There are more natural methods of flea control

The Alternative Vet (AVMC) offers Holistic Veterinary Medicine for horses, ponies, dogs, cats and other species. As herb vet / herbal vet, we use traditional Western Herbs, which naturally form the indigenous plant medicine of our patients. As homeopathic vet, we use many different homeopathic methodologies, not being confined by any single doctrine. As acupuncture vet, we use needling, LASER stimulation, moxibustion, electro-acupuncture and acupressure. As chiropractic vet, we examine every patient for correct skeletal alignment and offers manipulation for those that require it. As holistic vet, we integrate these therapies, as needed and advises natural, species-suitable feeding. Whether herbal vet, acupuncture vet, homeopathic vet, holistic vet or other nomenclature, we put the patient first, applying whatever means of stimulation of natural healing he can, to the benefit of the patient.

One-stop service for veterinary homeopathy, veterinary acupuncture, veterinary herbs, veterinary chiropractic, LASER therapy and other natural therapies.

Main Treatments offered (see Therapies):

  • Homeopathic treatment
  • Acupuncture treatment
  • Herbal treatment (Phytotherapy)
  • Aromatherapy treatment
  • Chiropractic treatment
  • Nutritional advice – Feeding advice
  • LASER treatment
  • Ultrasound treatment
  • 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 – complimentary medicine
  • CAM – CAVM
  • Natural Feeding – Natural Diet

These approaches 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 holistic vet will take into account all these things, in addition to making a close scrutiny of lifestyle, diet, environment etc.

A few notable breed dispositions. This list is by no means exhaustive and inclusion here certainly does not imply a hereditary disease, nor does it imply that there is no hope for the affected dog. It is simply that we treat these conditions on a regular basis and have noted this tendency to correlate (not exclusively) to certain breeds in our case intake.

  • Anal Furunculosis (Perianal Fistula) – German Shepherd
  • Atopy, Pyoderma, Acanthosis, Skin – West Highland White
  • Autoimmune Disorders – German Shepherd Dog
  • Cancer – Flat Coated Retriever
  • CDRM – GSD
  • Craniomandibular Osteopathy – West Highland Terrier
  • Disc Disease – Dachshund
  • Eczema – Golden Retriever
  • Eosinophilic Myositis – German Shepherd (GSD)
  • Epilepsy – Border Collie
  • Eye Ulcer (Corneal Ulcer) – Pug
    Grass Seed in Ear – Springer Spaniel
  • Heart Valve Disease – Cavalier, CKCS
  • Hypothyroid – Dachshund, Dobermann
  • Paralysis – Corgi
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis – Westie
  • Spondylosis (Spondylitis) – Dalmatian
  • Syringomyelia – Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Wobbler – Dobermann, Great Dane


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