Have you wondered how a holistic veterinarian treats a dog with IVDD or DM? Do you think the care would be different than a veterinarian trained in Western medicine?
It is a question I have been curious about for a long time. Years ago, when my German shepherd, Bear, developed cancer I incorporated Chinese veterinary medicine with the chemotherapy he received from a veterinary oncologist. The holistic veterinarian prescribed an herbal blend to stop a problem my dog was having with internal bleeding. The treatment worked and Bear improved for a while. I believe it gave my dog four additional months with our family.
Recently, I had the opportunity to ask a leading authority in holistic veterinary medicine how she manages the care of dogs with IVDD and DM. Chris Bessent, DVM has been a holistic veterinarian, specializing in Chinese herbs, for nearly 30 years.
She has treated hundreds of dogs with spine and neurological problems and says they are some of her most successful patients. Dr. Bessent answered my questions about the benefits of herbs, supplements and alternative therapies. She also explained how Chinese medicine interprets each of the conditions. [Read more…]