In recent years, holistic medicinal practice has become increasingly popular in Western medicine. Certain elements of Eastern medicine, which sees the entire body as one very complex interconnected system, are now being explored through the lens of western science.
And this doesn’t just apply to human care.
Over the past 10 years, the use of holistic care for animals has been growing in popularity as well. More than ever, medical and veterinary professionals are examining the general lifestyles of animals. Experts are exploring natural remedies for just about everything our pets can suffer, ranging from serious illnesses to simple carsickness.
Additionally, the diets of animals are being examined more closely by veterinary specialists. Whereas it used to be the norm for dogs and cats to be fed scraps from the dinner table or any old can of dog or cat food, this is no longer the case. Theories are now popping up as to how to manage the health of your pet through a healthier, natural diet.
The Panda Animal Clinic, located Hialeah, Florida, is just one institution that is focusing on a holistic approach to animal care. They are making headlines these days for their experimental yet effective method of animal healthcare.
According to their website, "the (Panda Animal Clinic) team is committed to educating clients in how to keep pets healthy year round, with good nutrition and exercise. Panda Animal Clinic stays on top of the latest advances in veterinarian technology and above all, remembers that all animals and pets need to be treated with loving care in every check-up, procedure, or surgery."
Doctor Haydee Perez-Tirse, a licensed and experienced Hialeah veterinarian, runs this renowned veterinary clinic and animal hospital. Dr. Perez-Tirse spoke a bit to Opposing Views regarding how the holistic approach to animal medical care focuses on the animal's overall health, and not just one specific issue. Here, she uses the liver as an example – though this overall approach can be applied to any medical issue an animal may face.
"The older (a dog) gets, the organs do not function as well,” she said. “With time, the liver does not function as well as it would if the dog were young. If a dog is having a problem with their spine, you want to avoid the use of steroids because the liver could enlarge because the body is producing too much cortisol, and this induces an enlargement of the liver. Although I’m relieving the pressure and the pain in the animal, I am inducing another problem."
It is easy to see how the holistic approach not only acknowledges a singular problem within an animal, but all the potential problems that this singular problem – and even its possible remedies – may cause.
General health is a major concern of the holistic approach to medicine. Not only are maladies and diseases treated as they arise, but the state of an animal when it is not suffering from a pressing medical issue is a major focus of holistic healing.
It is worth noting, though, that overall health is not the only thing being examined carefully. Some natural remedies for more specific problems are being discovered as well. For instance, SF Gate recommends slippery elm, a powder that can be found in health food stores, for a natural yet effective nausea remedy for animals. This will help with your animal's diarrhea or nausea without causing any harmful side effects.
Even acupuncture has become a go-to remedy for pet owners in recent years. In the state of New Jersey, there has been a huge rise in the popularity of animal acupuncture. As NJ.com reports, "Over the past 10 years, acupuncture is gaining popularity for the treatment of pet ailments from musculoskeletal pain to cancer." While it is not a guarantee for curing cancer, acupuncture has proven to be extremely successful in pain reduction.
Holistic medicine’s approach to general well-being has been appealing to humans for some time. Consequently, it’s not surprising that more and more animal care facilities are starting to follow Panda Animal Clinic's lead in applying the same approach to pets.