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Why isn’t Integrative/Holistic Veterinary Medicine More Widely Accepted? — 7 Comments

  1. In this instance, people should probably be afraid of what they don’t understand! However, there is plenty of info. It would be best to work with a vet who is informed or at least can tag with you. Brigitte URI is gone after 4 days. It was not looking good before treatment. I’m also researching FIV and working up a protocol for Oskar. I have found a case where a positive latter tested negative!! At the very least, there are ways to manage and stave off the normal decline. Complementary medicine is the way to go for people and animals!

  2. Coming from a background which is decidedly anti-allopathic, I do not believe in western, symptom-based “medicine” for any species. That said, I do always get basic vax for my beloved cats, and spay/neuter, of course; and I have had to have operation for one of my loved ones who developed Mast cell lymphoma. On the whole, though, I believe in feeding high-quality foods, having fresh, clean, filtered water in a fountain available at all times, and encouraging play. This seems to work very well. For myself, it’s basically the same regimen. The body (and mind, and spirit) heals itself and maintains excellent health if these disciplines are followed, and the overwhelming majority of diseases are preventable, treatable, and reversible with good diet and lifestyle.

  3. I’m a big believer in CS as it has successfully treated my daughter’s Lyme Disease. I think a lot of cat owners are afraid of new treatment options. They believe if they don’t start their cat on antibiotics, steroids, etc., the cat will die because this is all that cat owner has ever used. We’ve had a rough year with Renny having a mild stroke in January then Who-Me Cat and Clemmy coming down with a serious upper respiratory infection. We used mainstream medicine on the latter two supplemented with CS in the nebulizer. All have recovered.

  4. There’s just so much to be studied yet and there seems to be no stats found about what percentage and degree cats are relieved of arthritic pain or are in remission from cancer, FIV, FIP, or CKD.
    I think that I can accept Holistic as a supportive therapy, like massage for chronic back pain; but, it can’t compete with surgery, chemotherapy, or current medications.
    Sadly, loads of people consider holistic to be hocus pocus, waste your money medicine.
    But, it has its place as support.

  5. Additional specialty studies are involved. I imagine many vets are not eager to put the time and money in. I practice complementary medicine on my rescue animals since I have decades long self-study in alt med. and institutional studies in TCM. My vet approves and works with me. I’m currently treating a 7 month old kitten, who has the beginnings of a URI. Using Vit. C (“Tiny Dots”), systemic enzymes, and colloidal silver. Gave the CS internally but really best nebulized right into the lungs…did that @2 hours ago and will continue til well. She is much improved. Somethings I go straight to the vet and conventional medicine for…
    I’m glad I’ve ‘put all the time in’ to know what I’m doing….and also to know how to make the choice of home care or vet’s office care.

  6. It goes to prove that veterinarians and indeed anybody in any medical profession are inherently quite conservative.

    The don’t like change it seems to me. I think it is just a personal characteristic that goes with the job of being a veterinarian. They’re quite scientific minded people and therefore resist anything which is not founded and based upon science. It is probably quite a dogmatic point of view because there’s still lots to understand and know in medicine.

    One day, perhaps about 1000 years in the future, veterinarians will look back to 2016 and think how crude and narrow minded veterinarians were.

    More research needs to be done on holistic medicine and also integrative medicine. I would have thought in fact that any good medicine should be integrative. Simply to apply drugs or rely on surgery seems to be very narrow minded and self-limiting.

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