When deciding on a veterinarian, your initial reaction is generally your best guide. First, check references, ask for referrals and visit the practice. Find out what services are available, i.e. Boarding, Grooming, Hospitalization, 24-Hour Emergency Care.
Veterinary medicine is constantly changing and new techniques are continually emerging to offer better health care for our pets.
Approximately four billion people or 80 percent of the world population use herbal medicine and 1/3 of all Americans use alternative therapies to enhance their own health care. Estimates indicate that Americans visit alternative health care practitioners more often than physicians and spend over 14 billion dollars doing so. Annual sales of vitamins and herbs in the
United States alone exceeds four billion dollars. This trend is also occurring in veterinary medicine and the demand for alternative pet health care is growing. Some veterinary schools are now offering courses in alternative medicine as part of their curriculum. These include Colorado State University, North Carolina State University, The University of Florida, Tuskegee University and the University Prince Edward Island. A list of complementary veterinary medical associations and websites that can refer you to qualified practitioners worldwide has been included.