Integrative veterinary care becoming more accessible to pet owners

Dr. Cynthia Maro

In 1988, when I joined the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, there were only 200 veterinarians in the organization, and finding a veterinarian to do acupuncture, animal chiropractic adjusting, alternative allergy and oncology care and rehabilitative therapy was nearly impossible, except in larger cities .

In contrast, newly graduated veterinarians have access to survey courses in alternative medicine, while in veterinary college. There are many veterinarians who have training and certification in a range of services that were previously considered alternative medicine, but have quickly become integrated into daily practice throughout the US. Treatments include Animal Chiropractic, acupuncture, Rehabilitative therapy, NAET (an allergy treatment which is drug-free), Ozone therapy, Stem cell/PRP, prolotherapy, essential oils, therapeutic massage, Laser therapy, herbal therapies (TCVM and western herbs), clinical nutrition and homeopathy.

In my practice, I see 20 – 30 integrative cases daily, mostly clients whose pets fall into one of the following categories:

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