Friday, September 23, 2016

Veterinary Highlights: Tackling Skin Disorders with Holistic Care

There are two modalities that are my first choices whenever possible - regenerative medicine and holistic medicine. The reason for that is quite simple. Both are aiming to address the root of the problem, rather than dealing with the fallout. Both are aiming to assist the body to restore itself to health.

While we don't actually use a holistic vet in the direct sense, we use what is referred to an integrative approach. Simply put, this approach reaches in whichever "toolbox" is best for dealing with the problem at hand. Why limit care to one or the other?

Restoring balance and health

That should be the goal of medicine. Managing a problem is never as good as making it go away.

When it comes to skin issues, conventional therapies mostly focus at relieving clinical signs. That is sometimes important. But getting things to where they should be so management isn't necessary should be the goal. Skin problems are never skin deep. What is happening with the body that the skin became unhealthy? And how it could be fixed? That is the question.

I'm always happy to learn how the body can be helped to sort itself out

Natural approach encompasses a number of therapies which should be chosen on individual basis.

Bathing with proper shampoo is one of the most important things that can be done for an itchy dog. There are products that help restore normal skin barrier. Omega-3 fatty acids play an important role in restoring skin to health. Probiotics and immune support is becoming a mainstay of natural therapies. Antioxidants and herbs can help. Immunotherapy can be effective.

Before I flood my dog with pharmaceuticals, I always ask myself whether there is a more natural way.

Source article:
How to Tackle Pet Skin Disorders With Holistic Care

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