Complimentary Medicine

Complimentary MedicineComplimentary medicine is part of a holistic approach that considers the animal as a whole, which encompasses the body, mind, spirit, diet, and environment. In our attempts to meet your pet's total needs, Schulhof Animal Hospital combines contemporary medicine with proven noninvasive, complementary practices and remedies that work in harmony with nature.

Complimentary medicine is designed to stimulate the body's natural healing abilities. It can also complement traditional treatments by enhancing their effectiveness and reduce their side effects. Among our holistic approaches are dietary considerations and nutritional supplements, herbal medicine, laser therapy, and homeopathy.

Nutritional Supplements

We offer several brands of dog and cat food designed for both healthy and ailing animals. Choosing the right food may help control weight as well as bladder, kidney, liver, and particularly skin and joint problems. A proper diet can also help control diabetes and arthritis, and can help older pets maintain a better quality of life.

Depending on your pet's condition, our doctors will help you choose the right diet for your pet. We can also prescribe many natural vitamin, mineral, and enzyme supplements, as well as a variety of joint and coat supplements.

Complimentary MedicineHerbal Medicine

Herbal medicine is the basis for what we know of today as traditional allopathic medicine. Many of today's pharmaceuticals were originally derived from the purified active component of herbal folk remedies.

However, more recent science has shown that in fact a number of the constituents of a particular plant may actually work together to cause the healing effect. When the active component is isolated from these other plant compounds found in nature, its healing effect is diminished. Therefore, there has been a movement to explore and use more ancient, complex plant-derived medicines. A number of our practitioners are studied in the use of herbs for healing.

Laser Therapy

Laser Therapy has long been known for its usefulness in pain relief, wound healing, arthritic conditions, intervertebral disk disease, pyotraumatic dermatitis (hot spots), post-surgical pain relief and incision healing, degenerative joint disease, lick granulomas, lacerations and abrasions, periodontal disease, gingivitis and otitis, among other things.

Therapeutic lasers are able to deliver larger doses of optimal wavelength light over a larger area for consistent treatment outcomes. Laser therapy, like acupuncture, eases pain and actually heals without the use of pharmaceuticals and in many cases surgery. Studies have shown that when tissue cultures are irradiated by lasers, intracellular proteins, specifically cytochrome C, absorb the energy from the laser. Photons are absorbed within the mitochondria and the cell membrane, producing higher ATP levels and boosting DNA production, leading to an increase in cellular health and energy. Like acupuncture, Laser Therapy reduces pain and inflammation, and stimulates nerve regeneration, muscle relaxation, and immune system response.

Homeopathy

What It Is and What It Isn't

As one of its complimentary medical approaches, Schulhof Animal Hospital uses homeopathy. Homeopathy is NOT herbal medicine, a common misconception. Instead, it is a form of energy medicine, derived from plant, animal, and mineral substances which potentiate the body’s own innate capacity to heal itself. Simply said, homeopathy does not hide pain or kill organisms. Instead it helps the body do what it does every moment so elegantly—heal its tissues and fight disease. As a result, there are no drug interactions with homeopathy, and it can be used alongside of other medical interventions.

Where Did It Come From?

The science and practice of Homeopathy was originally developed by Samuel Hahnemann (1755 to 1843), a German M.D. and chemist, who had many subsequent and well known followers. It is a familiar form of medicine in Europe and India today with a very wide body of literature on its clinical use and practice.

Why Do We Use It?

At Schulhof Animal Hospital we use homeopathy because we know it works! It is particularly effective in nerve, muscle and surgical pain amelioration. It actually helps the body heal the cause of the pain, rather than masking it, as do pharmaceutical “pain killers.” There are all kinds of “first aid” uses of homeopathy, as well as acute and chronic disease uses. Homeopathy is also often helpful in cases which are either unresponsive to conventional western medicine or in cases where conventional medicine may be too risky. In fact, some of us, like Dr. Candace Benyei, prefer homeopathy for personal healing almost exclusively, as it has no adverse side effects as can be common with pharmaceuticals.

Why Don't We Throw Out The Pharmaceuticals and Just Use Homeopathy?

The problem with homeopathy is that its use in chronic cases requires a great deal of observation to see if the remedy is working, how it is working, when it needs to be repeated or strengthened, and when it needs to be changed. This is because all real healing occurs in layers like the skin of an onion. In the case of pets, this kind of observation would require days of hospitalization, because they cannot talk or write a diary of what they are experiencing and their owners are not familiar with what to look for. Pharmaceuticals may not always get to the root of the problem, but they can alleviate symptoms, actually kill injurious organisms, fairly simply and usually in the context of a few doctor’s visits.

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