Herbal Therapies for Osteoarthritis
Curcumin, boswellia, and cannabis are the 3 most frequently used herbal compounds in veterinary settings.
Given the relatively limited pharmaceutical treatment options for patients with osteoarthritis, herbal therapies and other nonpharmaceutical options are viable alternatives worthy of consideration.
The Endocannabinoid System and Phytocannabinoids
To ensure safety and effectiveness of cannabis use in animals, the challenge lies in education surrounding the endocannabinoid system and cannabis administration.
To use or advise clients about the use of cannabis as medicine, veterinarians must understand how the endocannabinoid system functions and how compounds in cannabis exert physiologic effects through accessing endogenous pathways.
TCVM for Treating Autoimmune Skin Diseases
While traditional Chinese veterinary medicine has shown promising anecdotal evidence in alleviating inflammatory skin diseases, more clinical trials are needed to recommend it past an adjunct therapy.
With proper training, traditional Chinese veterinary medicine modalities (specifically acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy) can be easily implemented in clinical settings to empower Western practice for better patient-centered care.
Manipulative Therapies for Hip and Back Hypomobility in Dogs
Becoming personally certified or having a certified associate is the ideal way to add chiropractic/spinal manipulation services to a veterinary practice, as the training gives practitioners a better understanding of the specific conditions that can best be helped by chiropractic/spinal manipulation.
Laser Therapy for Treatment of Joint Disease in Dogs and Cats
Photobiomodulation (PBMT), or laser therapy, is a rapidly growing treatment modality used for a variety of medical conditions in companion animals. PBMT is painless, noninvasive, and easily administered in a primary care setting.
Rehabilitation Modalities for Pain Management and Healing
Pain management is often at the heart of the vitally important veterinarian-client-patient relationship. This article focuses on select rehabilitation modalities that, when Incorporated into a multimodal pain management program, can help reduce pain, enhance tissue healing, increase patient function, and improve quality of life.
Laser Therapy: Fact or Fancy?
Laser therapy is the result of electromagnetic energy interacting chemically and biologically with tissue, causing “photobiomodulation.” Learn more about the photobiomodulation and its effects in small animals.
Evaluating Fresh Diets in Practice
Dietary trends for dogs and cats closely mirror those of their owners, and it is no surprise that home-prepared meals and their commercialized derivatives are now encountered in practice. These diets pose potential benefits as well as challenges, and clients increasingly expect veterinarians to demonstrate knowledge of them.
Use of Acupuncture for Pain Management
While pharmacologic options remain the mainstays, nonpharmacologic interventions—including acupuncture—are an important and safe part of a comprehensive pain management plan for animals.