Do the vet bills keep adding up yet your furry companion doesn’t get any better? It might be time to consider one of the many alternative therapies for pets. Here are five options that have been proven effective for pets:
Dogs with cruciate ligament trauma, hip dysplasia, or other crippling injuries or chronic bone conditions canbenefit from canine hydrotherapy. It is a beneficial alternative to high-impact exercise that has been used in the racing industry for decades. A common treatment in hydrotherapy is using underwater resistance jets to create a current for your canine to swim against. Injuries and body stress are minimized by assisting your dog into and out of the pool. An above-water position is maintained through the use of a harness.
With physiotherapy, a practitioner performs a thorough assessment of your pet’s functioning and mobility before coming up with a rehabilitation plan and treatment goals. Physiotherapy is ideal for arthritis and other chronic conditions, orthopedic injuries, spinal injuries, and sports injuries. The treatment might include
- Assistive harnesses
- Custom prosthetics and orthotics
- Ice and heat treatment
- Proprioception and balance training
- And much more
Acupuncture for pets involves using needles to reduce heavy energy flow to an area or open up the blocked flow. It has been used in China for thousands of years to balance the body’s meridians. Arthritis is the most common ailment inpets treated by acupuncture. However, it is also helpful in fixing problems like thyroid imbalances, neurological problems, heart conditions, and skin disorders.
If your pet has tired or overworked muscles,massage therapy will help soothe them. On the other hand, it will not cure any serious maladies. As is common in humans, many types of massage are used to treat our furry friends. The most common options include applying steady pressure across muscles without moving across the skin (friction), slow strokes (effleurage), drumming hands over large areas of the body (percussion), and rolling and kneading the muscles (petrissage).
The blood flow, nerves, joints, function, connective tissues, and muscles of an area are affected when the vertebrae are not aligned right. Chiropractic therapy deals with this by adjusting and manipulating the bones of the spine. Adjustments can lead to partial or total immediate relief of symptoms. A popular instrument used to help animals is the Activator, which looks like a syringe and is a spring-loaded device that provides short, high-velocity strokes.