Today you have got an overwhelming choice of alternative and complementary or natural pain relief therapies for your pet, that makes it sometimes hard to decide which will be the best for her.
While walking with your dog or observing your cat at home you might have noticed some slight alterations in posture, gait or behaviour and at first you would not think bad about it, only, if it is getting more obvious: your dog is getting behind on her daily walk, your cat prefers a place that is lower than the window sill.
Usually you would let your vet have them checked out and if there was an underlying medical condition that involves chronic pain, treatment commences often with a NSAID pain killer, such as meloxicam for example.
Now, prescribing these types of drugs for a short time will normally help your pet to recuperate and restore her former health status within a few weeks.
However, often enough effective pain relief for chronic conditions requires a more long term approach, so that certain drug specific side effects may stress your pet’s body and organs quite a bit.
Decrease of appetite, being in low spirits, sleepiness and becoming less active are side effects that seem to be accepted by most pet owners.
If it goes further down to symptoms, such as gastrointestinal problems or even stomach ulceration and disturbed liver- or kidney function, then you cannot ignore it anymore… You will need to consult your vet and find another drug or treatment.
People are then getting interested in natural pain relief solutions that are effective enough, but also gentle to the body. There is nowadays a range of complementary treatments and therapies available for our pets and animals and it is definitely worth to search together with your vet for the best alternative solution or for the best combination of treatments from both worlds, the conventional school medicine and alternative treatment modalities.
The good news is pet insurance plans do now pay for a whole range of complementary therapies, but you will need to make sure what is specifically covered in your individual pet health plan. So, ask your insurance company about it beforehand.
If you decide to try some alternative treatments for your pet you need to make sure that the therapist is licensed and knows what he/she is doing. In some countries there is a legal grey zone, which means a therapist does not necessarily need to be a veterinarian.
It is questionable how much insight and expertise one can gain from a few weeks’ training in comparison to obtaining a veterinary degree and license. For example, in the United Kingdom pet acupuncture can only be done by a licensed veterinarian, whereas in some other European countries people can practice with only a few weekend seminars under their belt.
In conclusion, make sure to let your vet determine a proper treatment plan for the specific needs of your pet where they can monitor the progress of your pet’s medical condition and ask them for alternative and natural pain relieving treatments.