Veterinary practitioners usually specialize in one or a few areas of naturopathy for animals. Here you can find out which these can be, how you can recognize a reputable expert and when you should go to the vet as a precaution.
What treatment methods are there for veterinary practitioners?
The basic idea of naturopathy for animals is to treat dogs, cats, guinea pigs, etc. holistically and to activate the self-healing powers of the animal patient. Chemical drugs such as antibiotics or cortisone as well as imaging diagnostic procedures such as X-rays or ultrasound are not used. Veterinary practitioners also do not perform any operations. Apart from that, naturopathy includes a wide range of possible treatment methods, which can be very different. Most reputable veterinary practitioners therefore focus on one or a few of the following types of therapy:
- ● Homeopathy
- ● Acupuncture and other traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) procedures
- ● Herbal medicine (phytotherapy)
- ● Anthroposophic veterinary medicine
- ● Kinesiology (movement theory)
- ● color therapy
The basic theory in homeopathy is that similar things can be cured with similar things. That is, if your pet is sick, the homeopath will look for the stuff that would produce the same symptoms in healthy animals. This substance is diluted very much so that it loses its toxic potential and administered in the form of drops or globules. According to the thesis, this then resolves the complaints. The TCM assumes that diseases are triggered by an imbalance in the body's energy distribution. The balance is restored using various methods. In acupuncture, thin needles are placed on certain body points. Herbal medicine strives to replace chemical medicines with natural, herbal remedies. Anthroposophical veterinarians assume that the body has self-healing powers that can be activated. Animal kinesiologists focus on the muscles and their function. Colorful light sources are used in color therapy; Your pet is illuminated with light in a specific shade. This is said to have a healing influence on the inside of the body.
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When it makes sense to visit a veterinary practitioner
A reputable veterinary practitioner takes a lot of time for you and your pet to get a holistic picture of the health of your four-legged patient. He will ask you in detail about the medical history, living conditions, diet and other habits of your dog or cat in order to be able to make a sound diagnosis and find a suitable treatment. Unfortunately, the term veterinary practitioner is not protected; everyone can call themselves that and everyone can offer training courses on the subject. It is best to search for recommended therapists on the websites of the Association of Resident Animal Healing Practitioners (www.f-n-thp.de) or the Association of German Animal Healing Practitioners (www.tierheilpraktiker.de). You can also ask your vet for recommendations.
Naturopathic procedures are considered to be more gentle compared to conventional medical forms of therapy. It can therefore help chronically ill animals in particular to be treated by the veterinary practitioner. Herbal pain relievers or physiotherapy are often advisable even for pain that does not seem to have a clear cause or that cannot be treated so well by conventional medicine.
Veterinary practitioner does not replace the veterinarian
Nevertheless, you should go to the vet first if you have the impression that your fur nose is doing badly. Some diseases and especially injuries cannot be treated with naturopathy. A bowel obstruction or a gastric twist, for example, is an absolute emergency that requires immediate surgery. Traffic accidents can result in serious broken bones or other injuries that also require surgery. Furthermore, only the veterinarian can neuter your pet. However, that doesn't mean you have to avoid veterinary practitioners; Naturopathy provides valuable services as a supplement, for aftercare or for alleviating the symptoms of chronic diseases. A good veterinary practitioner usually has no problems if you have your four-legged friend treated by the veterinarian at the same time.