Types of Alternative Medicine
for Dogs

Some types of alternative medicine for dogs may seem bazaar but keep an open mind. Alternative modalities changed my life and using natural remedies for dogs has been a blessing for my canines as well.


 Over 20 years ago I was having some health issues when a friend offered to pay for me to see "her doctor". While I found it really strange compared to the allopathic medicine I was used to, I followed through with a change in diet and taking my remedies. Amazingly I felt better at 40 than I had at 20!

It took a long time for that "aha" moment and realizing I should be doing the same for my dogs but some of us are a bit slow (Woman beats head against wall). I became a voracious reader.

Anyway, let's go over the possibilities of what is out there now for our dogs to get them and keep them vibrant, healthy and strong.

Many types of alternative medicine didn't start out that way. They  were mainstream; they faded and now they have returned and become increasingly popular. Why?

More and more people are disillusioned with medical doctors. While often adept at stopping symptoms quickly, that does not cure the disease itself. (This is partially our fault as well since we have become instant gratification hounds.) And of course all drugs have side effects which eventually lead to more problems.

Read the pros and cons of allopathic physicians. While we couldn't live without them, they have their drawbacks.

As people look toward more holistic measures to either accompany or replace traditional western medical practices, here is a list of those types of alternative medicine. All of these modalities stimulate the body in some way so it can self heal.

To read more about a certain modality, click on it's name. They are additional pages on this website, not ads.

Acupuncture consists of inserting fine needles under the skin in specific places for pain relief and healing. Its history began nearly 9,000 years ago and while Chinese Traditional Medicine is what we most think of, there are also, Japanese, Tibetan, Vietnamese, Korean and a Western approaches practiced in the world today.

Acupuncture is one of the most widely used modalities when combined with allopathic medicine in the growing number of integrative veterinary practices.


Acupressure is derived from acupuncture. Instead of needles, finger pressure is applied and you can learn to do many simple points yourself even without memorizing the meridians.

The Holistic perspective is the understanding that a succession of health problems are connected to each other and view symptoms as the action of the body to rid itself of an imbalance.

A holistic practitioner may use several types of alternative medicine to help the body heal itself. One of which is nutrition which should be taken very seriously. An integral part of healing, as Hypocrites, the father of medicine said "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."

If you already have a holistic vet or are thinking about getting one for your dog, please read Choosing a Holistic Veterinarian and Knowing What to Avoid.

Naturopathy. A system of therapy that relies on natural remedies  including the use of herbs and other naturally grown foods. It usually incorporates several types of alternative medicine.

Herbal Medicine has been around for thousands of years. The leaves, flowers, roots or plant extracts of plants with medicinal qualities are used to promote normal functioning of the body and stimulate natural healing processes.

Since I don't grow my own organic herbs, I rely on combination herbs from NSP and it wasn't easy for them  to get my trust. (See Why NSP?) I also find this to be the easiest way for those I coach to improve dog health. It's an inexpensive holistic approach and once you see improvement,  it will change your life for the better.  (For Canadian residents, you can visit Sandra King at Dog Nutrition Naturally. We are both Natural Dog Health Coaches and this is the only outbound link on this page but she's worth it.)

Homeopathy uses the essence of a substance which has a very close similarity to the pattern of the disease. Because the pattern is the same, the body can't tell the difference and will work harder to restore the body to health through fever, inflammation or discharge. In other words, it cures like with like.

If you've experienced the benefits of homeopathy and want to learn more, I found a homeopathy course that includes 18 remedies. I've been waiting for this for years and I've had emails from readers who couldn't find a way to learn some basics. I wish I'd kept their email addresses. I absolutely trust this source and believe you will get your money's worth. Here's the external link for Homeopathy Course and Kit. The price? About the same as one office visit with a remedy.

Chiropractic therapy realigns the body structure through manual manipulation. When the body is out of alignment, it disrupts normal blood circulation, nerve impulses and our life force so the body cannot function normally. Try it, you'll like it!

How about a Chinese Medicinal Herb combination? Ancient combinations are still being used successfully today. In fact I have a few in my cupboard at all times since NSP carries a line.


Other Types of Alternative Medicine

Not as common as the above types of alternative medicines, the following methods are still worth your attention.

If you've never tried iridology, iridodiagnosis is kind of fun. It gives the phrase "Look into my eyes" a whole new meaning. I thought it was hogwash but I was mistaken.


The last two types of alternative medicine for dogs I've put together on one page since I haven't used either but think they would be really cool. Under Reiki for Dogs, a method of energy healing began in 1922, I also describe canine reflexology; a hands on technique for healing through the feet.

Like I said in the beginning, I hope you'll keep an open mind or you might miss out on something that could really help both you and your dog feel better, be more energetic and healthier in the long run.


A last note about alternative medicine. As with any physician, some are better than others and more in tune with dogs. I  prefer a recommendation before seeing a different kind of healer and if I don't know anyone who has used them, I'll ask for recommendations and contact other patients.

Whatever you choose, always remember the importance of dog food nutrition as your first step toward natural health for your dog.



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