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Ask the Vet with Jean-Noel Eynard, BA&BSC, VMD, MRCVS

Fairmount Animal Hospital
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QuestionDo these techniques and remedies, like acupuncture and herbs, work on cats and dogs?

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Answer

Yes, numerous alternative therapies including homeopathy, nutritional medicine, herbs, acupuncture, and trigger-point therapy have been shown to help animals. However, any alternative therapy’s claims for safety and effectiveness should be proven by the scientific method. This is often not the case. The complementary medicine that we use most often in our practice is “nutritional therapy”. We have experienced excellent success in helping cats with kidney disease extend their lifetime through diet modification. I have also seen animals with severe hip dysplasia and pain show major improvement in their conditions with a combination of allopathic medicine and laser or needle acupuncture. We also use certain Chinese herbs and pheromone combinations to relax overly stressed animals. Please consult your veterinarian when considering any supplements or alternative treatments. An excellent source of information is the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Jean-Noel EynardAbout the Vet:

Jean-Noel Eynard, BA&BSC, VMD, MRCVS is a native of France and a 1994 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Currently he is the attending veterinarian and administrator of the Fairmount Animal Hospital. Dr. Eynard has international recognition through multiple scientific publications and holds several European Doctorate equivalencies. He is a member of The British Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the AVMA, and the ASPCA. His areas of interest include prevention of zoonotic diseases, comparative medicine, general medicine, and surgery.

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