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Holistic Pet Medicine Waco TX

Holistic medicine for your pets Holistic medicine can improve your pet's health without chemicals or invasive processes. After having surgery to correct a herniated disk in his neck, Asko, a 115-pound German shepherd, couldn't walk. So, the dog's veterinarians took an integrative approach -- one that involved giving the canine traditional pain medications along with more holistic approaches, suc...

Holistic Medicine for Your Pets

By Jill Sherer Murray for WebVet

Holistic medicine can improve your pet's health without chemicals or invasive processes. After having surgery to correct a herniated disk in his neck, Asko, a 115-pound German shepherd, couldn't walk. So, the dog's veterinarians took an integrative approach -- one that involved giving the canine traditional pain medications along with more holistic approaches, such as antioxidants, heat therapy, and massage. And it worked.

"It was so wonderful to see his owners' reaction when they called to Asko from our office lobby and he started walking to them,'' said Dr. Kim Danoff, one of the vets at the Veterinary Holistic & Rehabilitation Center (VHRC) in Vienna, Va., who treated Asko.

This, Danoff and others agree, is the power of holistic medicine -- a more natural and less invasive approach than conventional therapies to treating and preventing illness. It's becoming a highly sought alternative for a growing number of pets and their owners.

"When I first started my practice [almost 10 years ago], I mostly worked with older animals who were ready to die,'' said Karin Serejski, owner of Holistic Pets in Silver Spring, Md. But more and more owners are seeking alternative therapies for their pets in much earlier or more moderate stages of illness.

From acupuncture to good nutrition

While holistic practices can be varied, they do share a few common denominators: For one, they're decidedly less expensive than more invasive ...

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Pet Owners in Texas shared their opinions about Pet Owner Survey
Do you own any pets?
Yes: 93%
No: 6%
What type(s) of pet(s) do you own? (Select all that apply)
Dog: 73%
Cat: 40%
Bird: 8%
Small pet (e.g. rabbit, hamster, ferret): 6%
Exotic pet (snake, lizard): 0%
Fish: 14%
Horse: 3%
Pig: 1%
Other farm animal: 3%
Other: 1%
What types of pet information do you most frequently seek out on the Internet? (Select all that apply)
Health-related symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea, limping, etc.): 47%
In-depth information about your pet's health (allergies, ticks and fleas, nutrition, etc.): 50%
Cute pet pictures or funny videos: 47%
Pets in the News (hero stories, photo contests, etc.): 8%
Breed information or place to adopt a pet: 13%
Finding a vet for your pet: 20%
Alerts (pet food recalls, seasonal alerts, etc.): 19%
Other: 11%
How important is it that the medical/health-related content you find is veterinarian-approved?
Not at all important: 0%
Not that important: 5%
Neutral: 27%
Important: 28%
Very important: 38%
Source: Survey.com