Veterinary integrative medicine uses alternative treatment modalities, in addition to conventional treatments. Approaching a pet’s condition from multiple angles allows for maximum benefit, with often little to no side effects. Since many integrative practices are non-invasive and non-pharmaceutical, these treatments are typically safe for all patients, including elderly and debilitated pets.
Integrative therapies are most often used to treat chronic pain and inflammation, such as in pets suffering from arthritis, mobility issues, or intervertebral disc disease. However, integrative medicine is also a helpful component of rehabilitation for pets recovering from surgery or an injury, and undergoing weight loss therapy.