When it is time to say good-bye

Our pets bring so much to our lives – love, companionship, joy, playfulness.  It is devastating to face the moment of truth when a beloved pet may be leaving our lives.  There are difficult decisions to make, finances to consider, and most importantly, we do not want our pet to suffer needlessly.  These decisions can be heart-wrenching, to say the least.

How do you decide how long to treat your pet, and with what?  Do you feel selfish by keeping your pet alive in order to avoid the loss?  There is often a dead end reached in allopathic medicine where ‘no more’ can be done.  In alternative medicine, however, there are many options to choose from regardless of your pet stage of life.

This is not to say that we can stop your pet from aging or stop the progression of disease, but there are definitely options that can improve your pet’s quality of life both mentally and physically.  These options include energy work, essential oils, acupuncture, massage, chiropractic care, homeopathy and animal communication.  Within each of these modalities, there are many options available to help your pet.

As you pet reached its ‘golden years’  seek out alternative therapies that you are comfortable and you will find great comfort for both you and your pet.

Holistic alternatives to pain management in pets

It is heartbreaking to watch a pet we love suffer from pain due to injury, surgery or age-related degeneration. Traditional pain medications only treat symptoms and do not support the body’s natural ability to heal, often leading to devastating side-effects. There are a number of holistic treatment modalities that can provide pain relief, and there is often added benefit in using them in combination.

Meet Cian, an 8 year-old Irish wolfhound who suffered from a serious neck injury leaving him in chronic, debilitating pain. When I first saw Cian, he was already getting regular chiropractic and acupuncture treatments. In addition, I began a course of homeopathic injections customized to his particular set of symptoms. Cian’s owner writes “Our traditional options were limited and all of them had side effects that were nearly as bad as the problem. All it took was a small blood draw and a series of tiny injections with a needle that Cian didn’t even notice, and WOW! Two days later he was running around like a puppy! The alternative treatment lasted several months and was easily repeated with the same astonishing results. A veritable fountain of youth in pain relief”.

Holistic veterinary medicine offers many options where traditional medicine may reach a dead-end. The treatment I used for Cian was only one of many options, and the specific remedies that I chose could be changed as his needs changed over time. I believe that the fact that he was also receiving acupuncture and chiropractic care enhanced his response to my therapies. This is a beautiful example of how using holistic therapies in combination can offer an additive effect, often dramatically increasing the benefit to your pet.