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Holistic Medicine for Cats and Dogs

Every pet has his or her own unique health needs. Therapies that work well for one pet’s condition may do little to help another, even if the symptoms are similar. The veterinarians and staff at Marina Veterinary Center understand this and are careful to tailor veterinary treatments to suit each pet’s specific circumstances. One of the ways we achieve this is by offering the best of traditional and holistic veterinary medicine to our pet patients.


A Closer Look at Symptoms and Illness

Usually when we become sick, we seek relief for our symptoms. We don’t always consider the underlying causes and how they could be impacting our bodies in ways that are not yet apparent.

For example, if you have a hyperthyroid condition that is undiagnosed, you may show symptoms of a rapid heartbeat, trouble sleeping, intestinal disorders, and weight loss. All of these symptoms could be attributed to stress, yet in actuality your body is trying to tell you that your endocrine system is not working properly.

If you would like to learn more about how your body’s systems are interconnected, take this human wellness check questionnaire. You may be surprised by what you learn. Please also keep in mind that the same health truths will apply to your pet as well.


Holistic Therapies

We offer a wide range of holistic modalities for treating our pet patients. Depending upon a pet’s condition, we may use one or more of the following therapies.

  • Pet nutritional medicine—Cats and dogs require a proper balance of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, along with vitamins and minerals. Sometimes pets are unable to properly absorb or process the nutrition they need due to different “stressors” that are depleting their bodies.

    Whether it’s due to disease, a virus, parasites, or an imbalance brought about by any number of other pet health conditions, we can provide nutritional supports to clear these stressors out and put your pet back on a healthy path. To learn more about some of the quality formulas we use, please visit:
  • Veterinary manipulative therapies—We are pleased to offer veterinary orthopedic manipulation to our pet patients. During this therapy, your pet’s vertebral joints and extremities are manipulated using an “activator” device. This is done in order to restore balance and alignment, which allows for proper energy flow and joint articulation.

    This type of chiropractic treatment is typically followed by a myofacial release procedure. This therapy uses a Vetrostimâ„¢, which is very similar to the ArthroStim used with human patients, to administer pulses to affected muscles. This allows the connective tissue—known as fascia—that covers the muscles to be released, enabling tight muscles to relax and stop putting strain on specific vertebrae.
  • Homotoxicology—This type of therapy bridges the gap between traditional veterinary medicine and homeopathy. We use this modality to treat specific pet health conditions via oral and injectable therapies. Once administered, they help the body to auto-regulate itself and achieve equilibrium and balance once more, so that the pet patient can naturally restore him- or herself to good health.
  • Bach flower therapies—This treatment was founded by Dr. Bach himself, who felt that most physical diseases have their origins in emotions. By addressing the emotional component via the use of carefully prepared flower essences, the pet’s body is able to overcome certain disease syndromes. When combined with other treatment modalities, this therapy enables the pet patient to achieve complete healing in a holistic manner.
  • Veterinary acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine—Most people are familiar with acupuncture as it applies to humans. The same health benefits can be achieved by pets as well. During this therapy, we apply pressure to specific acupuncture locations in accordance with traditional Chinese medicine meridians. The application of such pressure to these locations helps the body to heal, thus restoring the pet to proper health.
  • Homeopathy—We offer a range of homeopathic products to enhance your pet’s well-being. While we do not practice classical homeopathy ourselves, we do work closely with a renowned expert who has more than 15 years of experience. We are always happy to refer pet patients that we believe could benefit from this type of treatment.

A Pet Case Study

There are times when holistic therapies produce such remarkable results that even we are amazed. Recently, one of our canine patients came in with alarming neurological symptoms. This Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was twitching and experiencing tremors that caused her head to turn repeatedly to the right. Her owners were unable to take her to a neurologist and asked what types of treatments we could provide to give their beloved pet relief.

Dr. Jones determined that a combination of modalities could possibly benefit the dog, beginning with a blend of nutritional supplements to help relax her nervous system and muscles. Dr. Jones then completed veterinary orthopedic manipulation and myofacial release procedures. By the end of the appointment, the dog was much more relaxed and could actually lift her head. Within a week, her owners reported that she was completely healed and even healthier than before the problem started!