I’ve long said that trends in veterinary medicine follow trends in human medicine. That’s why it’s no surprise to see the increasing demand for holistic (often called “alternative”) treatment modalities for pets going up, not only on Long Island, but across the country.
As more and more people are seeing the power of modalities like acupuncture, herbal and food therapies and medical massage, they’re beginning to question whether some of this could help their beloved pets as well. This is no surprise to me because it’s exactly how I became interested in holistic veterinary medicine. First, I was diagnosed with Chron’s Disease and — eventually — found that “alternative” modalities provided me the most dependable relief… and I was hooked.
Unfortunately, many pet parents only find out about these alternative modalities when they are desperately seeking help for a situation that their standard veterinarian has deemed “untreatable.” Thankfully, with (sometimes tearful) internet searches, they stumble across my office — or a holistic veterinarian in their area — and find the hope and the relief they’re seeking.
Currently, I’m one of only 32 CTCVMPs in the nation, but I am encouraged that more veterinarians are rising up every day to meet the increasing demand for a more integrated approach to veterinary care. If you have any questions for me, whether you live on Long Island or not, reach out to me on Facebook or via email at thecaringvet(at)gmail–dot–com.