Holistic veterinarians practice holistic or complementary veterinary medicine. In contrast, conventional veterinary medicine focuses on managing the body by treating physical injury or trauma, providing vaccinations, or prescribing antibiotics.
A holistic vet treats the whole cat (mind, body and emotions) and the cause of the illness or disease, not just the symptoms. Unlike conventional medicine, holistic medicine does not use drugs, chemicals, chemotherapy, or other treatments that harm the system. For example, a holistic vet may recommend vitamin or mineral supplement to boost the immune system during an illness, or she may speed the healing process along with herbal or plant remedies.
When presented with an ill cat, the holistic vet will explore every aspect of his life, including diet, home environment, exercise and other pets in the home, and recommend changes that will achieve balance in all areas. Holistic medicine places an emphasis on natural foods, including vitamins, and a diet free from preservatives or chemicals.
If you would like to find a holistic vet in your area and you can not get recommendations from friends or family, contact the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association or AHVMA at their website. Your chosen vet should be willing and able to answer any questions about holistic medicine or treatments.
If your cat has a specific health concern or issue, ask the vet what natural treatments are available and what she recommends. Ask about potential side effects, and decide for yourself if the treatment is right for you and your cat.
As a conclusion, many cat owners prefer holistic veterinary medicine because it does not use drugs, chemicals, chemotherapy or other treatments that harm the cat or kitten system. Your cat depends on you to provide him with the best care possible for his entire life.