Veterinary medicine has come a long way in the last 20 years. Now many vets are offering complimentary medicine to help their patients. In this edition of Pet Pointers, YNN's Lisa Chelenza has more on these latest treatments.
At veterinary practices across the country, it is becoming more common to offer complimentary treatments that assist in the healing and recovery process. Dr. Maria Brandt is certified in veterinary acupuncture and explains how adding these treatments to traditional western medicine can greatly benefit our pets.
"There's really nothing that it can't do. It can help with the side effects of drugs or the actual effects of cancer, osteoarthritis, paralysis, intervertigal disc disease," explained Dr. Brandt. "There's really nothing that acupuncture can't help. And a lot of the pain, the paralysis, the osteoarthritis, the whole rehab program can benefit as well."
If your vet doesn't offer complimentary therapies ask for a referral to a practice or rehabilitation facility that does. Most veterinarians are happy to help, and want the best for their patients.
Remember, it’s important to talk to your vet about possible treatment options and keep an open mind when it comes to nontraditional therapies.