What does ‘holistic pet care’ mean?

When most people think of holistic pet care and holistic healers they envision some mystic scene from a TV show — a robed practitioner with a scarf on her head, bracelets jangling surrounded in a cloud of incense waving mystic crystals around. That vision alone is enough to scare many people off from trying it themselves, let alone for their pets. This picture however is far the from the norm. The truth is integrative medicine (medicine that allows for both Western Medicine and complementary therapies) is becoming mainstream for much of the United States and leading the charge are veterinarians and people wanting more holistic care for their pets. There are even pet insurance companies now that cover holistic pet care modalities such as acupuncture and chiropractic.

Complementary is KEY!

Acupuncture is a diagnostic and treatment tool, useful to help the care and comfort of a pet just like blood work, xrays or medications. While sometimes acupuncture stands nicely as a sole treatment, more commonly, it is best used as a complement to help adjust, reduce or enhance other therapies. Many people think of acupuncture as “airy-fairy” medicine and, while the terminology of Chinese Medicine may seem odd (Liver Wind, Damp Spleen), the research is solid to support its safe and successful use in human and veterinary medicine. We offer acupuncture for dogs and cats and even horses!

Some Definitions

Allopathic Medicine = Traditional Western medicine, “the norm.”

Holistic Medicine = COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE

Complementary Medicine = MEDICINE THAT INCORPORATES TREATMENTS WESTERN MEDICINE AND OTHER MODALITIES

Alternative Medicine
= MEDICINE THAT DOES NOT USE WESTERN THERAPIES AND USES OTHER MODALITIES ONLY.

About Healing Arts Animal Care

Healing Arts Animal Care in Beaverton, Oregon provides veterinary acupuncture, pet rehabilitation therapy, physical therapy and athletic conditioning to the dogs and cats of the Portland Metro Area including Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, and Tualatin. We strive to create a team among you, your pet, your veterinarian and ourselves to create a whole package of care for your pet. Pets come through our door knowing that we’re going to have fun here and this isn’t “another trip to the vet.” Through manual therapies, acupuncture, laser, ultrasound, underwater treadmill and creating a tailored individual home exercises, we strive to bring your injured pet back to speed, keep your elderly pet as an active member of the family, return your obese pet back to a functional friend and keep your athletic pet at the peak of his performance.