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Who are holistic vets and how are they different?

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It goes without saying that every pet owner wants the best for his animal friend. For the majority of people, it may be said that their pets are treated as an actual member of the family and that their health is looked upon as importantly as any other family members’ is. Along the way, you have probably come across a term holistic vets but are not exactly certain what they do and how they do it. Let us shed some light on their approach and how they are different compared to conventional vets.

Conventional veterinarians

Conventional vets’ methodology is based on the same principles and approaches as Western medicine for humans is. In short, it is primarily based on treating the symptoms of the disease often without solving the underlying problem that caused them in the first place, which often leads to a temporary solution and an eventual reemergence of the issue. Also, it is heavily based on pharmacological medicine which has advanced significantly, just like diagnostic technology and treatment options have. Ultrasound, MRI, blood transfusion and chemotherapy are just some of those that are available to pet owners, if they can afford them.

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Holistic veterinarians

Holistic is a term that has several explanations when it comes to veterinarian practice. Complementary veterinary medicine, alternative veterinary medicine and integrative veterinary medicine are the most prominent synonyms used. This may be confusing to some pet owners but it is the essence that is important, not the definition itself. What they all have in common is the foundation they base their treatment on and those are different aspect of complementary and alternative medicine.

Mental state of a pet

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Another difference between conventional and holistic vets lies in the fact that the latter shows greater interest in the mental state of a pet. Just like it is the case with their owners, pets’ emotions, such as stress or fear have a significant impact on their overall health and a continual influence on their well- being. This has been proven by numerous scientific studies and continues to be a matter of increased interest resulting in the continual development and implementation of new treatment methods.

Do holistic vets graduate from different schools?

No. Conventional vets and holistic vets have equal formal education. The difference is made by attending specialized training, seminars, and independent classes and having practical clinical experience. There is no official body that regulates the level of expertise of holistic vets so the owners need to learn from personal experience or inform themselves about the proficiency of any individual holistic vet they are interested in.

How is this different from conventional veterinary medicine?

Just like when it comes to human health, there are different medical approaches and different methodologies in finding the most suitable procedures and efficient cures for animals, as well. A holistic veterinarian has an open mind to all therapeutical possibilities and will not immediately dismiss new treatments or ideas like conventional vets tend to do but will incorporate them into an overall treatment plan. Naturally, it all depends on the severity of the problems your pet is experiencing. For example, in case of simple problems, like fleas and ticks are a holistic vet will simply prescribe Bravecto while in case a pet is manifesting mood and behavior changes a holistic vet will try different diagnostic and treatment solutions and try to find the underlying cause of the problem

How to find a good holistic vet?

As it was said in the paragraph above, doing a research is the best way of finding a good holistic vet, or at least narrowing a choice. Family and friends are always the first ones to ask. Personal recommendation is certainly the best starting point. Checking online references and review is the second step and the third and often the most important one is a personal visit. Schedule an initial consultation and get your own first impressions. If you do not feel comfortable, simply do not return and continue to look elsewhere until you find a vet you like and trust.

To sum up, holistic vets come from the same background as conventional ones do but have upgraded their knowledge with additional treatment and diagnostic approaches and continue to do so.

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  • Conventional vets’ methodology is based on the same principles and approaches as Western medicine for humans is. In short, it is primarily based on treating the symptoms of the disease often without solving the underlying problem that caused them in the first place, which often leads to a temporary solution and an eventual reemergence of the issue. This may be confusing to some pet owners but it is the essence that is important, not the definition itself. What they all have in common is the foundation they base their treatment on and those are different aspect of complementary and alternative medicine.