Indications for Alternative Treatment vs Conventional Treatment

THE FOLLOWING ARE A PARTIAL LIST OF SITUATIONS WHERE ALTERNATIVES MIGHT BE CONSIDERED:

  • Behavior problems
  • Cancer – With chemotherapy to increase energy and decrease side effects from drugs, or
  • Instead of chemotherapy to increase energy and appetite and reduce pain to improve quality of life
  • Chronic medication cases – to reduce or eliminate the need for conventional drugs
  • Elderly pets – to increase energy and appetite to improve quality of life
  • Recovering from significant illness or from surgery – to hasten recovery and healing
  • Recurring conditions – ranging from allergies to lamenesses to GI problems to infections
  • Orthopedic problems – lameness, pain, poor agility performance
  • Stressful situations – addition of a child or pet, change in owner’s work routine, death of a loved one (human or animal), moved to a new home, etc.
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Vaccine reactions or problems following soon after vaccination
  • Warts, cysts and some other tumors to treat without surgery

YOU MAY WANT TO SEEK CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL SOLUTIONS WITH SERIOUS INJURY OR TOXICITY INCLUDING, BUT NOT NECESSARILY LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING:

  • Neck and back injuries if a pet is not getting up on their own
  • Chest and abdominal wounds
  • Protruding or broken bones
  • Burns greater than the area of the palm of the victim
  • Increasing cyanosis (turning blue)
  • Crushing chest pain
  • Unconsciousness
  • Severe head injury or with loss of consciousness, seizures, change of pulse, slower breathing, pale skin, increasing shock for more than half an hour.
  • Severe bleeding
  • Cuts that are gaping open may need surgery

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not know whether you need to call a veterinarian or not, then you SHOULD call your veterinarian or your alternatives practitioner and find out to be sure.

Common Disease Symptoms

Acupuncture for pets

COMMON DISEASE SYMPTOMS FOR CATS

  • Eye discharge or redness
  • Ear redness or itchiness or discharge
  • Red gums or a red gum line bordering the teeth; bad breath
  • Change of voice or vocalization times
  • Nasal discharge
  • Coughing or breathing hard
  • Appetite – eats little bits and often, finicky, won’t eat meat, will eat cooked meat but not raw meat, eats plastic or ribbon or string or other inedible items, ravenous appetite, change of appetite
  • Increasing thirst
  • Vomiting – any type of food, liquid or hairballs; “sensitive stomach” to food changes
  • Spraying urine, urinating more often, straining to urinate, crying when urinating; running from the litter box after urinating, urinating outside the box
  • Soft stools, hard or dry stools, change in stool consistency with diet change, running away from the litter box after defecating, passing stools outside the litter box; loose stool after certain foods
  • Dark discharge around the bases of nails
  • Itchy skin, dandruff
  • Rough, dry, lusterless haircoat; a change in hair color
  • Change in grooming habits
  • Quarrelsome, aggressive to people or other animals
  • Change in sleep habits
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Gassiness
  • Behavior changes, interaction changes
  • Carsickness
  • Missing hair (bald patches)
  • Stiffness, lameness, walking more slowly, taking stairs more slowly
  • More tired or changes in activity
  • Fears of noises, people, etc.
  • Skin bumps or tumors

COMMON DISEASE SYMPTOMS FOR DOGS

  • Eye discharge or redness
  • Nose too dry, loss of pigment, nasal discharge
  • Ears red or itchy or warm to touch, head shaking, ear discharge
  • Retained baby teeth
  • Red gum line bordering teeth; bad breath
  • Discharge at base of nails, nails crumbly or deformed
  • Vomiting- “sensitive stomach” after some type of food for example
  • Eating non-food items such as rocks, sticks, plastic, clothing, feces, etc
  • Gurgling in abdomen heard often
  • Passing offensive gas often
  • Diarrhea or soft stool – might be after only certain foods
  • Anal gland problems – need to be emptied by the vet or groomer, licking the anus, scooting rear end along the floor
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Itchy skin –licking or scratching more, rubbing face or ears, or chewing on body
  • Noticeable body odor
  • Warts, lumps
  • Walking stiffly or lameness, getting up slowly from lying down or sitting positions, difficulty going from standing to sitting position
  • Behavior problems – fear of noises, people, storms , or of separation from owner; aggression to people or other animals, destructiveness, running away from home, hyperactive or not listening to owner, etc.
  • Change in interaction with others
  • Change in urination habits or leaking urine
  • Carsickness
  • Loss of pigment of foot pads or nose, haircoat color change
  • Missing hair in spots
  • Change in appetite: decreased or ravenous appetite
  • Increased drinking
  • Change in sleep habits
  • Change in activity or exercise habits