Dog health is tricky. If you’ve owned dogs for any amount of time, you know that sometimes something just isn’t right. You can’t quite put your finger on it, but they aren’t the happy, enthusiastic pup you’re used to.
Is there a problem?
You watch. You feel them all over. You check to see if they are eating, drinking, pooping; the normal stuff. All seems basically ok. You might think “I’m just imagining it”, especially if it isn’t something obvious like a big gash or a broken bone. But maybe you’re not.
It’s so frustrating worrying about your best friend and not knowing if there is something you need to do to help them feel better. You do have options.
How can you help your dog?
You can take them to the vet for a check up or you can just watch them for awhile. If things don’t get better, you can try some other things, alternative treatments or ideologies, and see if it helps.
Fortunately, choices are much more plentiful than they used to be. Acupuncture, herbal remedies, massage, laser, reiki and so many other modalities are out there now, easier to access than ever.
Instead of relying solely on your vet (who knows A LOT of medical stuff, but not necessarily the other stuff), you can get a more comprehensive plan for finding and helping your dog. Sometimes your vet can suggest other treatments or they may even provide other treatments. You’ll probably at least want to check with them to see if what you’re considering is safe.
Dog health can be better with alternative methods
Bottom line is this; you want your best friend back. You have options. It might be worth checking on the “other” treatments out there because, on a case by case basis, they often provide some really remarkable results. Just like you don’t want to limit yourself to one store when you’re shopping for that perfect outfit, you don’t want to limit your dog to just one treatment.
Read my post Traditional or Alternative Care or Essential Oils; What’s the Buzz for more information about alternative therapies. There are also a bunch of posts to be found online to help you explore the options. Or read this article that really covered both traditional and alternative care for dogs with IBD
You want a happy dog! What therapies have you tried and how did they work? Let me know in the comments below.