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Holistic or “alternative” veterinary medicine focuses on four-legged patients as a whole, and generally involves minimally-invasive procedures. Holistic methods are often used alongside traditional veterinary medicine to maximize your pet’s health and heal-ability (which is why they are often called complementary therapies).

Rub it in: Veterinary massage is slightly different from your own luxury spa experience. Used to loosen tight muscles, increase range of motion and decrease pain, therapeutic massage also increases blood circulation, which allows more oxygen and nutrients to flow through the body, helping pets heal faster.

Home sweet homeopathic: Homeopathic medicine is based on the idea that “like cures like,” meaning symptoms can be cured by giving the substance that caused them in small, diluted amounts. Homeopathic remedies can include plant or mineral extracts, and are often given postoperatively to manage pain.

On pins and needles: As with people, veterinary acupuncture uses tiny needles to stimulate points where bundles of nerves run close to the skin. The needles activate neurons that stimulate the release of neurotransmitters, which inhibit the transmission of pain. In short, a little painless prick can help relieve pets’ pain
— particularly from surgery or musculoskeletal conditions — and help them heal.

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