Allergies and Pets

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Allergies are found in over 50% of the domestic animal population. Finding the culprit allergens is a detective story, and the more we can clear or eliminate the faster the symptoms will subside. The age of onset of an allergy definitely depends on inheritance (breed) and the genetic factor.

An animal/person is never allergic to one item (allergen) but to a myriad of allergens. When the number of allergens surpasses the immune system’s ability to cope (threshold), symptoms will appear. These symptoms will show up in the weakest system, i.e., digestive – chronic vomiting/diarrhea; respiratory – chronic cough, sneezing; skin itching, ear infections, runny eyes, rashes. In most allergic animals, there tends to be a food component.

The biggest reason allergies are so prominent today can be attributed to our lifestyle and environment. Chemicals in the air, water, and food are large problems. Chemicals such as flea products and heartworm medications are also involved. A major factor for stressing the immune system and thus causing allergic symptoms can be attributed to the tendency for extreme over-vaccination of animals. NAET (Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique) is the primary way I handle allergies. This is a non-invasive method of diagnosis and treatment using Kinesiology (muscle testing) and chiropractic.

This method is far superior to the invasive methods of blood testing and skin testing that others use. Treatments will be in no way as detrimental as the chronic use of steroids. The length of time required to reach success will be determined by the number of allergens needing to be cleared. One must have patience and not have unrealistic expectations for results. However, once the allergen is cleared, it is permanent; and no further treatment is necessary.

Holistic (& Conventional) Healing

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Sarasota Pet Magazine. Interview by Candance T. Botha

Dr. Howard Rand is recognized as one of the first veterinarians to practice acupuncture in the Southeastern United States. He is, in fact, respected worldwide for his work in veterinary acupuncture.

This knowledgeable and accomplished man is also one of the first veterinarians in the country to earn his certification by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) and is one of a select few veterinarians nationwide that is certified in NAET (Nambudripad Allergy Elimination techniques) Testing and Treatment.

A skilled and published photographer, he has worked with an architect to design and landscape his own home (a project three years in the making). And he even plays the organ.

While he always has been equally passionate about showing horses, travel, and, of course, his family, from the time he was just a child his calling has been veterinary medicine. And although his dream was sidestepped with a brief career in pharmacy, he relentlessly pursued his innermost aspirations, establishing a flourishing veterinary career that has spanned more than four decades.

Meet Howard L. Rand, DVM, CVA, BS pharm, an internationally-esteemed veterinarian who currently sees patients at two veterinary offices in our community: West Coast veterinary Center on SR 72 (Clark Road) in Sarasota and Ranch Animal Hospital on Corridor Place in Lakewood Ranch.

In his practice, Dr. Rand provides comprehensive conventional veterinary services, including routine wellness care, senior (geriatric) medicine, nutrition, dentistry, and surgery.

What makes Dr. Rand’s care of animals most unique, however, is that he has seamlessly integrated holistic principles into his conventional practice of veterinary medicine. In his work with natural and alternative therapies, Dr. Rand has garnered global recognition as a pioneer in the field of holistic care for animals, offering acupuncture, homeopathy, herbs, Applied Kinesiology and prolotherapy (a nonsurgical treatment used to repair and strengthen ligaments and tendons).

Born and raised in Staten Island, New York, Dr. Rand developed an early interest in animals. His first dog was a cocker spaniel that was bred by one of his neighbors, a judge who took the young boy under his wing, taught him to groom dogs and took him to dog shows.

At the age of 12, Dr. Rand became interested in showing horses and, soon after, owned his first horse that was given to him by the dean of his high school and later paid for by his father.

“My father was very old school,” Dr. Rand says. “He owned the neighborhood drug store in Staten Island for 50 years and knew nothing but work; he never understood my interest in animals. But from the time I was a young boy, I knew that I would, one day, become a veterinarian.”

His parents, however, had other plans for their son’s career; they wanted him to manage the family business after his father retired. So, placing his own career goals on hold, Dr. Rand attended Fordham University College of Pharmacy.

Upon graduating with his degree in pharmacy, Dr. Rand worked with his father for a year before leaving home and heading south. “I thought I would enjoy working in pharmacy more in Florida, so I moved to Miami and worked there for a couple of years.” Dr. Rand remembers. “But I just was not happy. In the back of my mind, I still wanted to be a veterinarian.”

After serving in the United States Army at Fort Dix for two years, Dr. Rand moved back to Miami and continued to work in pharmacy while he started researching veterinary schools.

“At the time, there was only a limited number of veterinary schools in the country, and it was difficult to get in,” Dr. Rand says. He eventually was accepted at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in Alabama, where he spent the next four years earning his veterinary degree.

Just before leaving for veterinary school, Dr. Rand married his wife, Nancy, whom he had met just three months before they wed. “Nancy and I got married on a Saturday night and the following Monday, I started my veterinary training; we went to vet school on our honeymoon,” Dr. Rand says with a smile.

Now married for 49 years, Dr. Rand and his wife have two sons, a daughter, and four grandchildren, with another grandchild on the way.

As part of his educations, Dr. Rand did an externship at a racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky, where he had an opportunity to work with thoroughbred racehorses. In 1965, after earning his veterinary degree, Dr. Rand moved to the rural outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia, and opened his own practice, where he exclusively treated horses for the next 22 years. “The Equine Hospital was the only horse hospital and the first privately owned veterinary facility of its kind in the state of Georgia,” Dr. Rand says with pride.

The equine practice flourished and Dr. Rand’s reputation as a skilled veterinarian attracted clients from throughout the Southeast. In the years that followed, Atlanta’s eventual urban sprawl compelled local horse framers to leave the area, leading Dr. Rand to transition his practice to the veterinary care of small animals. He built a small animal hospital adjacent to the equine facility on his 25 acres of property and changed the name of the practice to Horse & Hound in 1987. He continued to practice there until 2001 when he sold the property, and he and his wife relocated to Sarasota.

Dr. Rand already had been practicing conventional veterinary medicine for nearly a decade when he first developed an interest in holistic animal care. “There were many times during the early years of my practice that I felt like I was up against a brick wall when conventional veterinary medicine offered nothing more than I could do to help my patients,” Dr. Rand says. “I could not accept defeat, so I began exploring alternative therapies.”

“When Nixon returned from his visit to China in 1974, people started talking more and more about acupuncture,” Dr. Rand adds. “Nobody was doing it here, so I decided to look into it.

It was during that same year that a group of veterinarians in California launched the International veterinarians who were interested in the practice of acupuncture. the IVAS developed a four-month course for veterinarians, who traveled from around the world to Dr. Rand’s veterinary facility in Atlanta, which served as a wet lab for the program. After completing the course, Dr. Rand and his colleagues became certified acupuncturists.

“I was the first veterinarian in my area and the second in the state of Georgia to use acupuncture in my veterinary practice,” Dr. Rand says. Each year since completing his certification, Dr. Rand has attended IVAS conferences around the world. (This year, he will be presenting a paper at the annual conference that will be held in Denmark.) Dr. Rand then furthered his knowledge of acupuncture by spending several weeks studying in Japan and China. With the assistance of interpreters, he mentored with the head acupuncturist in Tokyo and practiced hands-on learning at the University of Beijing.

As Dr. Rand’s interest in acupuncture flourished, he began developing his own techniques. “The majority of professionals that practice acupuncture uses traditional Chinese medicine,” Dr. Rand explains. “My theory is that when you work with a certain modality, you develop your own technique as you become more experienced.” Dr. Rand explains acupuncture’s healing properties by comparing an animal’s body to the electrical system in a house. “Inside the walls of a house are conduits,” Dr. Rand explains. “In the body, these conduits are the meridians or pathways. Along the walls of the house are outlets. These outlets are equivalent to the body’s acupuncture points. Somewhere in the house is a circuit breaker,” Dr. Rand continues. “Each meridian in the body has a circuit breaker, which is the entry point to the meridian. There is energy along these pathways, similar to the energy in a house. Energy flow in the meridians is called ‘Chi'(qui).

“With acupuncture, you work on particular meridians to stimulate their circuit breakers,” Dr. Rand adds. “In my practice, I identify the body’s weak meridians and acupuncture points with Applied Kinesiology, which is energy-based muscle testing, and then use acupuncture to stimulate the meridians to restore health. When you have a blockage of energy or an imbalance, maladjustment-or disease- exist.” Dr. Rand says, “the goal of acupuncture is to open the blockage and balance the energy.”

In his practice, Dr. Rand has used acupuncture to treat a range of medical conditions, including hip dysplasia, arthritis, back and disc problems and even seizures. “In 35 years of practicing acupuncture,” Dr. Rand says, “I can tell you what my results have been, and they are remarkably good. In 80 to 85 percent of the cases I have managed, treatment has been successful. I’ve taken animals that were about to be euthanized and brought them back to life. It’s extremely rewarding.”

Yet in speaking with Dr. Rand, it’s difficult not to detect a sense of frustration. “Since moving to Florida, I have seen many chronic ailments in animals,” he says. “There are conditions I know that I could treat successfully, but the pet owners are unfamiliar with – or skeptical about – alternative therapies.”

Always determined to improve his diagnostic and treatment skills, Dr. Rand recently worked with William Kanitz, president of ScoringSystem, Inc., a Bradenton-based company that has developed a portable, diagnostic thermal imaging camera that detects a range of injuries and health issues in animals and humans. The camera enabled Dr. Rand to first identify problem areas on the dog’s body during an acupuncture session and then analyze “before” and “after” images that provided real-time evidence that the treatment was successful in diminishing the heat. In his practice, Dr. Rand also uses a more holistic approach to dentistry.

“The standard procedure in veterinary dentistry is to anesthetize the animal and use an endotracheal (ET) tube to keep the airways open,” Dr. Rand says. “Instead, I tranquilize the patient and don’t use an ET tube; it’s safer for the patient.” In more than four decades of veterinary practice, Dr. Rand is recognized and respected for his skill in treating patients with cancer, hip dysplasia and back and disc problems, among other serious health conditions. His NAET Allergy Testing and Treatment certification also has given him an unparalleled expertise in successfully treating animals with an extensive range of allergies. NAET is a noninvasive, holistic approach to allergy identification that eliminates allergens from the system without the use of drugs. Instead, Dr. Rand uses alternative therapies, including acupuncture, acupressure, chiropractic, nutrition and Applied Kinesiology, to eliminate allergies and restore well-being. Like humans, animals can develop sensitivities to a variety of natural and man-made allergens. Dr. Rand has treated animals that are allergic to everything from grass, water, and chemicals to kitty litter, fabrics, and food.

Surprisingly, even natural, wholesome pet foods can cause allergies in animals. “You can feed your pets the best foods in the world, but if they are allergic to them, it doesn’t make a difference,” Dr. Rand says. What causes allergies in some animals but not others? “Basically an allergy is a malfunction of the body’s immune system, ” Dr. Rand explains. “Allergies actually involve the brain, which says that a particular substance, such as food or dust, that is normally not a problem in other patients cannot be tolerated by this animal.

“Each animal’s immune system has a threshold, and once that threshold is reached, the body says, ‘Hold on; I can’t handle anymore,'” Dr. Rand continues. “That’s when symptoms begin to show up in the weakest systems of the body. If it’s the digestive system, the animal begins to experience chronic vomiting or diarrhea. If it’s the respiratory system, the animal will suffer from sneezing or coughing.”  Dr. Rand points out that more than 50 percent of all domestic animals suffer from allergies and most animals, he says, suffer from multiple allergies. “It’s extremely rare that an animal is allergic to just one product or substance, and the majority of patients that I treat suffer from skin problems or itching allergies,” Dr. Rand says. “Although different animals may experience the same allergies, each animal is an individual. It’s not black and white; one size does not fit all. Successful treatment is much like assembling a puzzle and fitting the pieces together correctly.” In his practice, Dr. Rand first identifies the allergies by using his NAET training in combination with the holistic practice of Applied Kinesiology. With the assistance of his veterinary technician, allergen-producing substances are identified one by one, while others are eliminated. To be certain, it is a fascinating diagnostic process to observe. The technician acts as a surrogate and places either a small vial that contains the suspected allergen or a sample of a product that may be suspect (such as the pet’s food, bedding, shampoo, etc.) on the animal’s back and gently holds it in place. She then forms a ring with the thumb and forefinger of her other hand. Dr. Rand uses his thumb and forefinger to try to break the ring formed by her fingers. If the ring can be broken, a weakness in the animal is transmitted to the substance. If the ring is strong, no allergy exists.

“While it may seem like a simple procedure, it really is not,” Dr. Rand says. “You have to know how to use it correctly, assimilate the information you have received and take into account the many variables that can exist.”In treating allergies, my goal is to boost the immune system, raise the threshold and lower the allergen level until symptoms disappear,” Dr. Rand adds. “With NAET Allergy Testing and Treatment, once you clear the allergy, it’s gone for good.”

One of the most critical keys to success in the use of both conventional and holistic medicine, Dr. Rand says, is client compliance. “Cooperation by the animal’s owner is so important in the treatment of all chronic diseases and conditions, especially allergies. Clients have to follow doctor’s orders and adhere to the prescribed diet and regimen. I’m not saying it’s easy, but it has to be done if you want your animal to heal and experience optimal health.”

Forty-four years of internationally-acclaimed veterinary service is undeniably a noteworthy career achievement. But for Dr. Rand, it is his unique interpretation of conventional and holistic veterinary practices that is his proudest accomplishment. “As veterinarians, we are all taught the same medicine by studying form the same books,” Dr. Rand says. “As we mature in the field, we develop our own unique ways of practicing veterinary medicine. What makes us different is how we eventually assimilate everything that we have learned and how we choose to put that knowledge into practice.”

It is his successful integration of conventional medicine and holistic principles, coupled with gentle, compassionate care, that has given Dr. Rand an unrivaled ability to offer each of his patients an opportunity to experience optimal health and well-being in every phase of their lives.


Thoughts on Holistic Medicine

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“He who attempts the ridiculous achieves the impossible.” Those were my thoughts 35 years ago when I embarked on the study of Acupuncture. Very skeptical, I began my acupuncture career and subsequently holistic care. After practicing acupuncture for a short while, I soon found a new motto to go by. “If at first you DO succeed, try to hide the amazement.”

Holistic medicine is a mindset. It requires a different kind of thinking – that which is not taught in conventional medicine. Holistic medicine looks at the entire individual, not a specific disease. In conventional medicine, 2 + 2 = 4, and everything must be proven by double blind studies. My philosophy is “Healing has never come out of one bottle.”

Acupuncture has been practiced for over 5,000 years and is perhaps one of the oldest modalities. It is thought that one of the reasons acupuncture and other ancient remedies were not shared is because it gave power to those who had the knowledge. They were afraid that by giving the information to others, it would weaken their power. Herbal medicine goes back thousands of years as well. There are the Chinese herbs as well as western herbs.

Homeopathy, as we know it today, had its modern beginnings in Germany. It was introduced by Dr. Sam Hahnemann, a noted physician in the 1800’s. However, homeopathy was a healing system known to the ancient Greeks long before this.

The basic principal of homeopathy is that LIKE cures LIKE. Here again we are dealing with energy imbalance and vital forces. The symptoms that we see are the body’s attempt to heal the energetic imbalance.

Because we have been taught the western medical techniques, it is very difficult to comprehend any other way. For instance, homeopathic preparations are made to treat an individual and not a disease. It is necessary to consider what is unique about the individual. We therefore try to choose the remedy that is similar to the energy pattern of the individual. Homeopathy treats the energy field that is causing the pathological changes and therefore causing the symptoms – for example, Apis for bee stings. At best, you may get good results; symptoms disappear without further weakening of the energy field. However, it could also temporarily resolve symptoms, yet weaken the energy field so that more serious ailments occur.

This is why and where my method of using homeopathy, acupuncture and herbs differ. I incorporate the use of kinesiology or MRT (Muscle Response Testing) to further enhance my diagnosis and treatment. Kinesiology, another modality in the holistic “bag of tricks” is also based on energy fields.

There are energy fields in and around us. Every living and non-living thing has an electro-magnetic field around it; for example, Earth’s magnetic field is called gravity. When an object is placed on an animal, it can respond with either acceptance (compatibility), which is shown by muscle energy, or rejection (incompatibility) which is shown by muscle weakness. There are many muscle groups that can be used as detectors. My choice is the O-ring method. Due to genetic mutation and changes in the environment, such as computers and air pollution, the energy fields of man and animals have changed. Many people have found that the energy produced by a computer can cause many energy imbalances in man.

By muscle testing we can tell immediately if a substance is rejected or accepted.


1. By definition, acupuncture is the stimulation of a point or points on or near the surface of the body.
2. The stimulation is done by:
1. Needle Acupuncture – insertion of needles
2. Aquapuncture – injection of liquids into acu-points
3. Acupressure – use of pressure with hands at acu-points (using fingernails or fingers)
4. Electropuncture – stimulation with electric current
5. Sonopuncture – stimulation with ultra-sound
6. Photopuncture – stimulation with light waves; ultra-violet or sunlamp
7. Osteopuncture
8. Moxibustion (Thermopuncture) – stimulation of acupoints with heat
9. Laser
10. Quackopuncture – acupuncture done by “Quacks”

Acupuncture was practiced by the Chinese solely until the overthrow of the emperors in 1911. The new rules of China encouraged Western style medicine along with acupuncture.

In 1892 acupuncture was first mentioned in a United States textbook at Johns Hopkins regarding treatment of lumbago. In 1897, the first article appeared in an AMA Journal. Acupuncture became more known and more controversial in the United States after Nixon’s trip to China.

The Basic Principals of Acupuncture

According to the Chinese medical philosophy, the body contains a constant flow of energy (CHI). Chi flows in pathways called Meridians. Interruption or imbalance of Chi results in pathology. There are 12 main and 2 extra meridians. The basic underlying principle of acupuncture… to balance Chi. Acupuncture balances the flow of energy allowing the body to heal itself. These meridians are named after various internal organs. Traditional Chinese medicine is based on the 5 elements: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, Wood. Each of these elements are associated with specific internal organs.


1. Arthritis associated with hip dysplasia, stifle (knee) problems
2. CVS (Cervical Vertebral Instability) – wobblers and EPM
3. Vertebral Disc Syndrome (posterior paralysis) – commonly found in dachshunds and other long backed dogs
4. Smooth muscle spasm – diarrhea and constipation
5. Lung conditions – heaves, bronchitis, asthma
6. Incontinence
7. Radial paralysis
8. Wound healing
9. Behavioral changes
10. Lick granuloma
11. Founder
12. Ulcerative keratitis (eyes)
13. Shock – stimulation of only one point (GV26) has been shown to have immediate sympathometic effects stimulating endogenous epinephrine release.

Other holistic modalities that are used are chiropractic, raike, aromatherapy, flower remedies, massage, touch therapy and a host of others. It is not possible for any one to become completely efficient in every modality. Although I practice some of these modalities, my expertise lies in acupuncture, which as I have said, I began practicing 35 years ago.

NAET (Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques)

NAET was developed about 25 years ago by Dr. Devi Nambudripad. A native of India, Dr. Devi, as she is known, is a nurse, chiropractor, licensed acupuncturist and a medical doctor. Dr. Devi, unfortunately, was not blessed with good health as a child. She had eczema, arthritis, bronchitis and a host of other problems including 3 miscarriages. She had been treated by every kind of western medical specialist with little to no permanent relief. During one of her acupuncture classes, her teacher noticed her chronic raspy cough and suggested she might be suffering from allergies. Nobody before this even suggested that allergies may be the cause of her chronic illnesses. She had been on every diet, every pill with minimal effect.

One day after work, Devi decided to eat some carrots, which was NOT part of her very limited diet. Soon after she felt tired and lethargic and then weak and lightheaded. The rest is history and you can read the details in her wonderful book, “Say Good-bye to Illness.”

NAET is based upon the use of acupuncture, kinesiology, chiropractic, herbs and nutrition.

What is an Allergy?

An allergy is an unusual sensitivity of a person or animal toward certain substances. This tendency to react in this bizarre manner is inherited. It may not be the particular substance that is inherited, but rather the tendency to respond in an unusual manner.

The brain, nervous system and immune system are intricately involved in the allergy process. The brain instantly responds to the presence of the substance that caused the blockage of an energy pathway and considers this substance to be toxic and harmful to the body. It then reacts accordingly. Blockages will usually start at the weakest system in the body first, so for some it will be skin, some respiratory, some digestive, etc.

There are 3 main classes of blockage according to Devi.

1. Physical/Environmental – pollens, grasses, etc.
2. Nutritional/Chemical – foods
3. Emotional

The age of onset of an allergic condition definitely depends upon the degree of inheritance. The stronger the genetic factor, the earlier the onset.

When the body is in complete harmony or balance and our immune system is functioning properly, we can not experience illness. If our systems are not at peak working performance (or out of balance), we experience disease, infections, fever or pain. The cause of energy imbalance is energy disturbance – either too much or too little.

Allergy testing has always been done in the traditional manner such as:

1. Skin testing (scratch test or patch test) – These are too painful, can cause anaphylactic shock, and you can only do one set of allergens at a time.
2. Sub lingual testing – These are limited to foods only.
3. Blood testing – These are not reliable.
4. Elimination diets – These take too much time.

All of the above work on certain patients. However, the patient is rarely allergic to one thing; usually to many. If we don’t find them all, then the patient will still have some remaining problems. It becomes a detective job to find them all. Using kinesiology is probably the fastest and easiest way of detection. This too is NOT the perfect answer. It is not possible to eliminate every allergen, therefore my basic philosophy is to reduce the allergen level and stimulate the immune system so that there is a higher threshold for acceptance.

The basic principle to the NAET method is of “clearing” the allergy or blockage. In other words, we are telling the brain that it is no longer going to consider a certain allergen as a toxic substance. The clearing is usually a “permanent” solution and we no longer have to worry about it. In other words, the brain is told to ignore these allergens. As a result, the patient will now be able to tolerate those allergens that were previously troublesome.

In veterinary medicine, kinesiology is done with a surrogate. We first test the surrogate for polarity (energy balance) and then proceed. Each substance is placed on the animal by the surrogate and the muscle testing is then O-ring tested on the surrogate. After finding as many allergens as possible, we begin the clearing process.

The order of clearing in animals is not as important as in people. I generally start the food allergens first. These can easily be avoided. Treatments are done not more often than every 3 days.


1. Hold allergen on back of animal by surrogate.
2. Have surrogate O-ring the appropriate fingers.
3. Chiropractic on acupuncture points along surrogate’s back. (Tap Huoto Jiagi points, stimulate Bladder points)
4. Tape or hang allergen on leg for 20 minutes.
5. Remove allergen and retest.
6. Do not allow contact with the allergen for 24 hours.

In really acute problems, this can be done every hour. We can only treat one allergen at a time. We can also test the internal organs by using a method called CRA (Contact Reflex Analysis).

What is Holistic Veterinary Medicine?

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Holistic medicine consists of treating the body as a whole; using whole herbs and complete supplements rather than single chemical sources, using a whole spectrum of treatments available rather then a single one.  Diagnostic methods and vocabulary may be used that are different than what conventional veterinarians are accustomed to, including methods used for thousands of years.  This does not mean that they are wrong, or mere superstition.  Instead, they may bring insight by offering a new way of looking at things, which can guide the veterinarian to a new treatment modality.  This is especially true of chronic diseases.

Holistic veterinary medicine is increasing in importance and use in veterinary practice.  Treatments, which were originally considered alternative, are now becoming part of mainstream medicine.  Integrative medicine often has a better answer for chronic diseases than does conventional medicine alone

The goal of holistic medicine is to help the body heal itself, treat the whole body, not just the symptoms, and to provide solutions that are more natural, with less side effects.  Better food and exercise are part of this way of practicing. Veterinarians who practice complementary medicine generally have additional training and often, special certification in their chosen modalities.

This form of medicine has other names, reflecting its various aspects:

  • Complementary medicine: treatments that may not be currently taught at veterinary schools, based on traditional medicine, which complement conventional treatments
  • Natural medicine: not using artificial or man-made substances; using natural methods such as acupuncture, massage, herbs and nutritional supplements, and whole foods rather than artificial ingredients (such as color or artificial flavors)
  • Alternative medicine: use of non-conventional but valid methods, including ancient ones such as Ayurvedic medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
  • Integrative medicine: using the best of conventional and holistic medicine together

Integrative Medicine for Horses and Livestock

In the case, holistic medicine has a different emphasis.  For horses, a big part of the emphasis of holistic medicine is sports medicine.  Horse owners have been using physical therapy, including nutraceutical therapy, for many years.  Stem cell therapy research started in horses before it was used in dogs (2003 vs 2006).  Glycosaminoglycans have been available as products for horses longer than for dogs (since 1984 vs 1997 for dogs).

Reproductive problems are important for all large animals, and acupuncture plays a big part here.  Some herbal medicine is also used.  Large animals are commonly treated by the veterinarian, going to stables or farms although owners may bring individual animals in to a central clinic.

Use of holistic medicine:

  • One out of 4 humans hospitals in the US offered some type of Complementary or Alternative medicine services in 2006
  • Many pet owners use holistic medicine for the themselves and their pets; they often do not tell their veterinarian this
  • There can be some interactions of holistic methods and conventional methods, especially when clients use them without consulting a knowledgeable veterinarian
  • Holistic methods may look or sound strange, unless you know the background behind them
  • Just as MDs are not qualified to practice on pets, most human holistic practitioners are not qualified to practice on pets

Integration with conventional medicine:

  • Conventional medicine has many useful diagnostic techniques unknown to ancient practitioners
  • Surgery can be life-saving
  • In emergency situations, conventional medicine works quickly and saves lives
  • Holistic methods work well for chronic disease
  • Holistic methods are ideal for whole-body support
  • Holistic practitioners are an essential component of integrative medicine

Some holistic modalities:

  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic
  • Herbal therapy
  • Homeopathy
  • Homotoxicology
  • Massage Therapy
  • Nutraceuticals
  • Osteopathy
  • Prolotherapy

Examples of holistic treatments that are now main-stream:

  • Pre-biotics
  • Pro-biotics
  • Glycosaminoglycans
  • Fructo-oligosaccharides
  • Fish oil
  • Milk thistle
  • SAM-e
  • L-lysine
  • Taurine
  • Zinc