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Hello,

 

I’ve just read an interesting article looking at why some animal owners refuse to consult vets – you can have a look too http://www.veterinary-practice.com/issues/2016/04/vp_2016_04_equine.pdf.

This is an issue that’s close to my heart. But as I love using complementary therapies with animals – after all, that’s what inspired the development of my business Taranet (Complementary Therapies for Animals), some readers maybe surprised why I’m encouraging you to look at an article that includes comments about homeopathy for instance being a lot of rubbish (or words to that effect!)!.

Although I disagree that homeopathy doesn’t work – because it can…..I do completely agree with the article’s comments that people would rather use a whole host of different therapies and products before they contemplate going to the Vet.  This is not right.

I’ve noticed recently an increasing number of people posting to forums, Facebook  or other social media networks with pictures of their animals with an ailment, and “asking the audience” for a diagnosis and what products to use. In the majority of instances people genuinely don’t know what to do, and are not intentionally trying to cause the animal discomfort. However, surely that’s even more reason to get an appointment with the most important experienced professional – i.e. the Vet!

Despite the Vet in the article not being a fan of complementary therapies, actually there are many Vets who are.  So if you do want to use a complementary therapy with your horse, dog or other animal, then first of all get a consultation with your Veterinary  Surgeon so that your animal is correctly diagnosed, and when discussing treatment options, ask if any complementary therapies may be helpful.

But if your Vet isn’t knowledgeable about complementary therapies, then why not look into getting a second opinion with a Vet who uses holistic approaches? If you need help finding one near you, please email me at info @ taranet .co.uk for advice.

Although the internet can be marvellous for animal welfare by raising awareness of issues that otherwise would be hidden, it can be bad if it means animals aren’t getting the right help at the right time.

What do you think?

Until next time,

Suzanne

Director, Taranet Complementary Therapies for Animals (Business Consultancy, Social Media Training and Forever Business Owner)

Animal Health Info Online:  www.taranet.co.uk 

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  1. Sarah Hancox says:

    The animal’s vet should always be the first point of contact – complementary therapists cannot and must never diagnose an issue. As a canine therapist who relies on veterinary consent before being able to work on a dog; otherwise I would be breaking the law, it is important to slowly encourage veterinary practices in the benefits of the treatment. This may take time in some cases – but relationships must be built slowly and professionally.

    Whilst I understand that some owners are reluctant to see a vet, I personally think this is not in the animals best interests. A veterinary consultation can always be followed by a multimodal treatment protocol where appropriate and can open up a dialogue on how best to support the issue.

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