Confused? Well, here’s an example from a Fur Kids board member, Mary.
Mary’s English mastiff, Sampson was limping from time to time after they had walked around the park. After watching him limp off and on for a couple of weeks, Mary scheduled an appointment for Sampson at a conventional vet’s office. At this vet’s office, x-rays were done to look for or a torn ACL, hip dysplasia, or arthritis, which showed that nothing was wrong with Sampson. A few days later, Sampson wasn’t just limping, “he couldn't walk straight, couldn’t lift his head and he cried when he’d take a step forward,” said Mary. After consulting with the vet, it was suggested he could have meningitis, but he wasn’t showing other signs of the disease. With nothing she could do for Sampson, they waited for him to feel better.
A month later, the pain and crying returned. Mary opted to take Sampson to a different conventional vet for a second opinion. There, Sampson was tested for Lyme Disease and other muscle injuries—both came back negative. Wobblers Syndrome and Addison’s Disease were also considered; however, Sampson didn’t show all the signs. And, the best way to test for Wobblers was to get an MRI, which would cost upwards of $1,500. The decision was made to watch Sampson for a few more months before they would get the MRI.
While walking with Sampson outside for their appointment, Dr. Sarah said she could tell Sampson was having pain in his right shoulder, and right back leg, as well as his jaw. Dr. Sarah ended up doing some Craniosacral work on Sampson to help alleviate the pain. Craniosacral therapy (CST) uses manipulation of joints and tissues to achieve a return to balanced health of the nervous system and the entire body, not just muscles and joints.
According to Dr. Sarah’s website:
The cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) surrounds the brain and spinal cord within a tough membrane. There is a rhythmic flow of the CSF from the brain down the spinal cord and back up. This is reflected in minute movements of the bones of the skull and the sacrum in the pelvic area. If this movement is disturbed then various health problems can occur including headaches, poor body movement, jaw problems, headshakers in horses and other behavior issues.
Dr. Sarah has been a practicing veterinarian for more than 25 years, and 15 of those years has been concentrated on using holistic medicine. “My focus is to help owners help their pets and horses return to optimal health and vitality through natural holistic healing methods,” said Dr. Sarah. “Such methods are usually more gentle and often less invasive than non-holistic approaches. If an owner is frustrated with health or lameness problems that are not responding to treatment, holistic healing can help.”
- Acupuncture is beneficial for internal medical problems such as asthma, heart conditions, kidney issues, etc. It can also benefit the nervous system, behavior problems, skin problems and hormone problems.
- Herbs and homeopathy likewise help internal medical problems such as the ones listed above, but in different ways.
- Chiropractic and craniosacral are very good at physical issues like lameness, muscle and joint issues, though they can also help with other internal organ problems, too.
So, how is Sampson doing now? According to Mary he is thriving and “back to the Sampson that we adopted. He’s annoying his sister Daisy, with wanting to play all of the time, jumping over the steps to get outside because he is so excited to get to his Jolly Ball. It's great to have our Handsome Sampson back!”
Mary plans to use Dr. Sarah to keep her fur kids healthy; though, she hopes it doesn’t happen too quickly.
So, do you think you would give a holistic vet a try? Do you have any questions for Dr. Sarah?