Not all "alternatives" are created equal

posted: by: Dr. Kim Buchanan Tags: "Clinic Specials" "News" 

  "Alternative" medical choices are becoming more and more popular in veterinary medicine.  This is a good thing, as by integrating techniques and implementing different strategies, we are often able to greatly improve the medical outcomes and quality of life for our animal companions.
     As with most things in life, however, there is a downside.... Right now, there are few controls on practitioners of these "alternative" types of treatments, and just about anyone, with minimal or no training, can imply that they practice certain types of medicine.
      Many practitioners are quite quick to offer homeopathic, herbal, or "energy work" treatments, without having had so much as one course instructing them on the proper methods for diagnosing and applying these methods.  Fortunately, most things will not be harmful, just ineffective; however, sometimes the potential for actual harm exists.
        The practitioners at HAH take integrative medicine VERY seriously, and are not afraid to say "I don't know", or "I am not familiar or trained in that".  Those of us that do practice "alternative" medicine have all had extensive and intensive training in their fields, and continue to update their education at every opportunity.  We will not utilize methods in which we have not been trained, but will have no problem researching, speaking with specialists, or receiving training in any methods that are proposed to us that may benefit our client and patient population.
     Bottom line: ask questions, inform yourself, be secure in knowing that anyone using "alternative" methods on your companions is well educated and trained in doing so.