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					The Holistic Approach


     Pam Rosenberg
      Shawn Dolan
              Five modalities

   Massage
   Hydrotherapy
   Chiropractic
   Aromatherapy
   Homeopathy
           Massage Therapy
   Improves circulation
   Increases range of
    motion
   Preventing injury
   Reduces inflammation
   Relieves tension
             Massage Therapy
   Stimulates lymphatic
    system
   Eliminate toxins and
    promote healing
   Improves animal
    disposition
   Treat body as a whole
When not to massage
             Shock
              – Lowers blood pressure


             Fever
              – Speeds up metabolism


             Cancer
              – Could spread
            Massage Programs
   Equissage
    – One week course in
      VA
   Certified with the
    (IAESMT)
    International
    Association of Equine
    Sports Massage
    Therapists
           Hydrotherapy


 Hydrotherapy  is
 taken to mean the
 treatment of
 disease by, or in,
 water.
Benefits of Hydrotherapy
               Improve general
                fitness
               Improve muscle tone
               Helpful in recovering
                from injury or
                operation
               Bone are not put under
                great stresses as on
                land
    Hydrotherapy’s unique features
                                 Increase hydrostatic
   Thermal effects               pressure
                                  – Edema
    – Warm for dogs, cooler
      for horses
                                 Cohesion
                                  – Resistance moving
   Buoyancy                        through water
    – For weight bearing
      problems
                                 Turbulence
             Therapy for animals
   Weak, unbalanced
    animals

   Animals that can’t
    bear weight on their
    joints

   Arthritis, fractures,
    CNS problems
Hydrotherapy is NOT for:


Animals with heart
and/or respiratory
dysfunctions.
Animal Rehabilitation Center of
             MI
   A tank of
    approximately 4 ft x 6
    ft
    – Cleaned every 10 days
   Run about 8 dogs
    through a day
   $50 to $100 a day
   Annette swims with
    frightened dogs
                 Chiropractic

   A back problem is
    almost always
    secondary to a primary
    cause.
   Ie: shoeing, badly
    fitting saddle, injury
          What is Chiropractic?
   Joint manipulation aka
    adjustments
    – One fixed joint causes
      excess movement of
      surrounding joints.
   Deals with the entire
    body as a whole
When to use Chiropractic
               Pain
                – Last thing to come and
                  the first to go
               Changes in animal’s
                – Attitude
                – Performance
               Signs of stiffness,
                soreness, muscle
                spasms
The Story of Bones
                 Bones’ History
   3 yr old Appendix
   Green broke, off the
    track
   Injury to right hind in
    July of 2001
    – Caught in a fence?
   Abandoned
Bones’ Butt

         Lowering of hip on
          right side
         Can not physically
          stand square
         How did this happen?
         How do you fix this
          without chiropractic?
         Aromatherapy


 The art and science of using
 essential oils from plant sources
 for the health and well being of
 the patient.
                    Essential Oils
   Life force of plants
   Affect the patient on both
    mental and emotional
    planes
   Act through the resonance
    principal
   Many uses
    – Massage, Candles
    – Ingested, Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy
         Quick acting
         Oils are inhaled
         Stimulate olfactory
          nerve
         Send messages to
          limbic area of the
          brain
          – memory, learning,
            emotion
          Homeopathy

 Thenatural pharmaceutical
 science that uses various plants,
 minerals and vitamins in very
 small doses to stimulate the
 body’s natural defenses.
                   Homeopathy
   Body cures itself,
    homeopathy
    creates/facilitates
    conditions so healing
    can take place
   Giving small doses
    that cause symptoms
    – 1:9 – 1:30
    – Allergy injection
                 Homeopathy
   No clear scientific
    explanation
   Scientific research
   Becoming more and
    more popular
    – OTC
     Why Integrate Complementary
      Healing and Conventional
        Veterinary Medicine?
• Western practitioners respond, “because I am tired of not being
able to help.” (Particularly in managing chronic illnesses.)




   • “There are more options to animals healing than we ever
   imagined…” (Allen Schoen, DVM)
Why Integrate Complementary
 Healing and Conventional
   Veterinary Medicine?
       • There is a difference
          between treating and
          healing. Treatment
          comes from the outside.
          Healing comes from
          within. (Dr. Andrew
          Weil).



        • Practice builder –
         You’ll be unique in your area!
     Three Examples:
An Integrative Approach to:
                 Managing
                  Seizures
                 Upper
                  Respiratory
                  Infections
                 Bladder
                  Problems in Cats
      An Integrative Approach to
          Managing Seizures
          ( in small animals)
   If possible, eliminate
    the cause:
    – food allergies?
    – neurotoxic
      insecticides?
    – over vaccination?
      An Integrative Approach to
          Managing Seizures
   If the cause is unknown, some management options
    include:
   Supplementation:
     – Eg. Antioxidant combination of Vitamin C, E and
        Selenium along with B-6 or magnesium
         • Dose by weight of the animal
An Integrative Approach to
    Managing Seizures
             Acupuncture:
              – To be discussed in
                another presentation.
             Minimize the animal’s
              stress:
                  - Eg. Herbs: valerian
                    root, skullcap,
                    oatstraw, kava
                  - Be aware that you
                    might need to lower
                    the dose of other
                    anticonvulsants when
                    using herbs.
 An Integrative Approach to
Upper Respiratory Infections
          (in cats)
          PREVENTION!
           – Vaccinate against common
             causes of URI’s:
               • Feline rhinotracheitis
               • Feline calici virus
           – A holistic approach to
             vaccination:
               • Follow vaccine with a
                 homeopathic remedy to
                 reduce the likelihood of a
                 reaction
               • Don’t over vaccinate
                 (boost vaccine every 3-10
                 years, depending on
                 exposure and risk)
 An Integrative Approach to
Upper Respiratory Infections
                 PREVENTION!
                  – Suggest
                    isolation of new
                    cats before they
                    are introduced
                    into a
                    household with
                    cats
      An Integrative Approach to
     Upper Respiratory Infections
   If prevention wasn’t enough…
     – Bacterial culture and
         sensitivity
           • followed by appropriate
             antibiotics
      An Integrative Approach to
     Upper Respiratory Infections
   If the infection is not bacterial in origin or is resistant to
    antibiotics:
   ADD supportive measures to the antibiotic treatment to
    help boost the immune system:
     – Vitamins
     – Western or Chinese Herbs
     – Immunostimulant homeopathic remedy
     – Acupuncture
     – Interferon
     – Chicken soup (no joke!!)
       An Integrative Approach to
           Bladder Problems
                (in cats)
   Diagnostic Tests:      Treatment:
    – Urinalysis            – If the problem is acute:
    – Blood chemistry          • SURGERY to remove
                                 blockage
    – Radiographs              • Followed by diet change
                                 and/or antibiotics
                                 (depending on the cause)
                               • Close observation to
                                 detect reoccurrences
      An Integrative Approach to
          Bladder Problems
   Treatment
    – If the problem is chronic, a more natural
      approach may help prevent
      reoccurrences:
       • Increase water intake
          – Add extra water to canned food
       • Feed a low ash diet
             An Integrative Approach to
                 Bladder Problems
   Treatment
    – If the problem is chronic, a
      more natural approach may
      help prevent reoccurrences:
        • Nutritional
          Supplementation
            – Vitamin C and E
            – Cranberry juice capsule
              for cats
        • Chinese Herbal Formula
          (“polyporous
          combination”)
            – The formula includes
              herbs specific for
              treating both crystals
              and bacterial infections
        • Acupuncture
        Some Caveats to Integrative
                Therapy
   Natural DOES NOT mean safe and/or
    effective!
   Don’t combine Western and Chinese herbs
    at the same time.
   Use herbal formulas from quality
    companies. (It is best not to create your
    own formulas unless you receive training as
    an herbalist.)
   Study homeopathy before you apply it, or
    REFER to a specialist.
Some Caveats to Integrative
        Therapy
              Be aware that clients might try to
               “self” medicate their pets. Ask!
              Remember that hydrotherapy is
               contraindicated in animals with
               cardiovascular or respiratory
               depression.
              Offer clients options (conventional,
               alternative or complimentary).
              There is a lot of opposition to
               integrative veterinary therapy – if
               you are going to do it… be really
               good at it!
               In Conclusion…
  A quote from Michigan
    Veterinary Conference
             (2001),
“Use the best medicine that
   is effective on that day,
  for that condition, and is
        least invasive.”
 Keep in mind that might
    range from improving
     saddle fit to surgery.
  (Joyce Hatman, DVM)
    To Learn More About Holistic
        Veterinary Medicine:
 Talk to Dr. Deborah Wilson here at MSU
  (Anesthesiology)!
 Journal of the American Holistic
  Veterinary Medical Association
  (www.AHVMA.org)
 Love, Miracles and Animal Healing –
  Allen Schoen, DVM
 (www. Drschoen.com)
To Learn More About Holistic
    Veterinary Medicine:
               Kindred Spirits – Allen
                Schoen, DVM
               Four Paws, Five
                Directions – Cheryl
                Schwartz, DVM
               Animal Rehabilitation
                Center of Michigan, Inc.
              (www.unionlakepets.com)
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 Dr. DeCamp

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 Nicole Dingwell

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