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For many of us, our pets are like our family. When they get sick, injured, or as they grow older, it is a natural instinct to try to help your furry relative the best way possible. Just as we consider options other than medication and surgery for ourselves, the same goes for our pets!

Holistic medication is nothing new in the medical world, and it’s making a breakthrough in the veterinary field. Here’s a list of the top 5 alternative treatments for your dogs and how a holistic vet feels about them:

CBD Oil Treatment: In the same way, CBD is used by humans to treat ailments and other issues; it can also benefit dogs! Whether the issue is cancer, seizures, pain, or anxiety, CBD could be an alternative worth exploring because it can help reduce the intake of pharmaceuticals. Guido’s best friend, Chipper, suffered from Rectal Prolapse, that caused parts of Chipper’s large intestine to protrude from the anus. This is what Guido had to say on his decision to use CBD Oil Treatment to ease Chipper’s pain:

“Chipper wasn’t the same dog anymore. He regularly whimpered in pain, had a complete loss of appetite, and we knew we had to do something. CBD allowed us to ease Chippers pain.” – Guido Joseph

2. Laser Therapy Treatments: Laser therapy can be used as a pain management tool used to treat sprains, strains, arthritis, and swelling. Cold laser therapy is a non-invasive procedure that uses light to regenerate cells, decrease inflammation, and increase blood circulation. If your dog is suffering from arthritis or other injuries, treatment usually begins with two to four sessions a week and can then be decreased over time to once a month. According to Adriana, this treatment saved her dog’s life:

“Timoteo is getting old and was struggling to get up and move around. We were considering ending his suffering but decided to try the laser treatment first. It’s like he’s five years younger! We got our dog back!”– Adriana Rehm

3. Gold Bead Implants: Hip dysplasia and “wobblers syndrome” can be debilitating for dogs- and their humans too. Seeing your best friend struggle to get up, go to the bathroom, and move about is heartbreaking! But what are your options? Gold bead implants have proven time and time again to be an effective alternative treatment for hip dysplasia and hip related issues. Check out these videos of doggies who got their groove back thanks to gold bead implants:

4. Acupuncture: Thought acupuncture was just for humans? Think again! If your furry friend suffers from chronic back pain, spinal cord conditions, arthritis, and/or joint inflammation, acupuncture is a minimally invasive treatment that could help relieve the pain and facilitate movement for your pet. Acupuncture therapy for dogs is done in the same way as it is for people. Very thin acupuncture needles are inserted through the skin on very specific areas of the body to help relieve a myriad of ailments. Ask local Miami vet Dr. Robert Ferran, who recommends and performs the procedure in his clinic:

“Being healthy does not always equate with more medicine. This is a case where less is best, and in reference to acupuncture, the goal is simple! Getting your pet healthy, one needle at a time.” – Dr. Robert Ferran, DVM, and owner of Ludlam Dixie Animal Clinic

5. Homeopathy: Homeopaths believe that “like cures like” and that pets have a self-healing response, and by utilizing plants, minerals and other animal substances, the body can be forced to begin curing itself. Homeopathic remedies are available for basically any ailment that a dog might suffer. Just like any other treatments, there are limits to the effectiveness of homeopathy. In most cases, it can help to ease future issues but may not reverse previous damage.

So there you have it, folks! No matter what health issue your furry family member may be facing, you better believe there is a holistic treatment to fit their needs. Whether it be arthritis, anxiety, or the “wobblers,” there’s a treatment out there for you and your doggie buddies to live happily ever after.
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