Now, even vets are turning to alternative medicines!!

Alternative medicines such as acupuncture, homeopathy, and physiotherapy have become an established part of treatment spectrum among humans. However, a recent newspaper report reveals that now these alternative medicines are effective remedies for treating the pains and aches in animals too.

Increasing numbers of veterinarians are using such medicines at the request of pet owners, says Astrid Behr, Heard of Frankfurt-based German Association of Veterinarians.

Animal owners are seeking therapies that have gained reputation for healing, says veterinarian Heidi Kuebler, Chairwoman, Association for holistic veterinary medicine.

Kuebler says that alternative therapies such as acupuncture are particularly effective in treating ailments of skeletal system, organic pains and psychological disorders.

In fact, alternative therapies for humans can be just as effective in animals, if appropriate dosages are adapted, Kuebler adds.

However she agrees that use of conventional medicine is unavoidable during emergencies or serious ailments. Hence it is important to know when to apply the one or other therapy. Veterinarians with additional training in Acupuncture or homeopathy are the best to assess the situation.

For minor ailments, the pet owner himself can apply alternative treatment themselves. For instance, Bach Flowers are best used to calm a frightened or excited animal.

However the problem is that, as alternative medicines do not have any set standards for treating animals, a layman may find it difficult to assess whether the animal or alternative healer has adequate training.

Jutta Schroeter, Head of German Alternative Animal Healing Association, advises pet owners to check out for names and address of reputable healers. Initial consultation should be done in a careful manner by a well-trained person, as the more the training, the better the treatment.