Ask the Vet with J. Thomas Gus, DVM

University Veterinary Hospital and Pet Resort, Tempe

QuestionDo techniques and remedies, like acupuncture and herbs, work on cats and dogs? Where can I find more information on alternative therapies for pets?

AnswerAlternative or complementary medicine is often used in conjunction with more traditional therapies such as surgery or prescription medication. The effectiveness of these therapies varies, depending on the type of therapy, and the condition being treated. The safest and best way to find out if alternative therapies exist for your pet’s medical condition is to talk to your veterinarian. It is important to understand that these therapies are meant to complement traditional medicine. Some vets actually specialize in alternative therapies and are called holistic veterinarians. To find one in your area, visit the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association at AHVMA.org.

Dr. J Thomas GusAbout the Vet:

Dr. Gus is the owner of University Veterinary Hospital, a complete small animal veterinary hospital and a full-service boarding and grooming facility. University offers many advanced services, such as: laser surgery, dentistry, endoscopy, digital X-rays, ultrasound, and EKG. They also have an exotic/reptile doctor on staff. Established in 1962, it is the second-oldest veterinary practice in the entire East Valley, and is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), a national organization with strict quality requirements.

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