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(Mhairi Simon)

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How are Holistic therapies different?

1. Natural Therapies are generally drug-free and surgery-free. This means that any treatment you try out will not interfere with orthodox medical treatment if that becomes necessary.

2. Natural Therapies are often rapid in their results, so you can often see whether it is working and decide whether to stick with it or try something else. In some cases, Natural treatments can save weeks or months of pain, depression or loss of use.

3. Natural Therapies are usually quicker to recover from, so that you can try a treatment and decide to stop it and go on to a different approach, quickly.

4. Natural Therapies are holistic and systemic. They work in different ways to orthodox therapies. Because of this, they may sometimes help with several unrelated problems at the same time.

5. Natural Therapies are almost always cheaper than orthodox treatments. If you return to the orthodox medical approach, you have not lost much and may still gain from a more rapid recovery from surgery or medication. If rehabilitation work is advisable, the initial experiences can speed up the introduction to treatment, enabling faster recovery and sometimes a better result too.

6. Natural Therapies work in different ways and so can sometimes successfully tackle health problems where orthodox medicine cannot.

7. Other times, talented practitioners can combine the two approaches to produce miracles where neither could help alone.

Natural Therapies

are difficult to explain and usually work in very individual ways. So it can be very difficult to use traditional science to prove or disprove them, which can lead some people to try to ignore or ban these options.

Using either approach requires confidence in the method and the practitioner. We advise ‘window shopping’ – check practitioners out by asking about their qualifications, their successes and difficulties and whether their bills are covered by insurance, etc.

Read More: How do I choose a good therapist for my pet?



We have put together a list of Successes to thank the owners and reassure people new to natural therapies.

There are various situations in which Complementary Therapies can help:


Animal down, off it’s legs:

Examples: Alpaca, Cat, Dog, Rabbit

Lameness, fore or hind

Examples: Buffalo, Horse, Tapir

Bucking and rearing, etc

Examples: Dog, Horse

Performance puzzles

Examples: Dog, Horse

Geriatric care

Examples: Dog, Horse

Long-term care

Examples: Dog, Horse

Other problems

Examples: Not Eating




We can Help with

A Wide Range of Problems