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Animals | March 4, 2023

Exploring Alternative Medicine for Animals

Exploring Alternative Medicine for Animals

To get the best care for your pets and livestock, it’s always best to seek advice from a trained veterinarian. While the usual antibiotics and other meds can heal illnesses and alleviate pain, some professionals prescribe alternative medications and treatments. In the coming weeks, we’ll explore some of these options, including acupuncture and massage, homeopathy, herbal medicine (phytotherapy), and the use of essential oils and aromatherapy.

Find a Veterinarian in Your Area

Depending on where you live, there are likely several, reputable veterinaries on call. To find the right one for you, ask your friends and peers who they use. Consider a vet who makes house (or barn) calls and shares the same beliefs in animal care as you do. Most vets will happily answer a few questions over the phone to ensure a good fit with you and your animals.


What is Animal Acupuncture?

Used to treat pain, this ancient form of therapy can stimulate nerves, improve appetite, and calm muscles. Some professionals use small amounts of electricity with the needles to achieve results on livestock.


Massage for Animals? Seriously?  

Animal massage has been around for a long while. According to some historians, the first recorded canine massage dates back nearly 3-thousand years. Today, massage is used on pets and livestock for pain relief as well as rehabilitation.


Quick info about Homeopathy

This therapy treats the whole animal instead of focusing solely on the disease. The hope is that by caring for the whole animal, including their mental well-being, the other issues will resolve themselves.

Herbal Medicine is Great for Everyone (and Every Animal)

Certain plants have been used for centuries to provide pain relief and help heal animals. These can include devil’s claw, turmeric, and others. This is sometimes called phytotherapy.


Yes, Animals can Benefit from Essential Oils and Aromatherapy

Careful use of essential oils and aromatherapy have shown promise with digestive issues, alopecia, as well as the elimination of bacteria and parasites.

Coastal Has Everything Your Animals (and pets) Need

You’ll find feed and other supplies for your livestock and pets at your nearby Coastal. That includes safe CBD products for dogs. Just tell one of our employees what you need and they’ll happily point you in the right direction.

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