Treatment Type: Complementary and Alternative Therapies
Rated for: Labrador Retriever
Suffolk, United Kingdom
Posted Oct. 21, 2017
As veterinarians, we are trained to look for the evidence that a treatment works before recommending it to our clients. For that reason, a number of alternative therapies such as Reiki do not naturally sit comfortably with vets, as there is usually no data supporting their effectiveness in curing or improving the pet's condition, compared to a placebo (where it is made to look like the pet is receiving treatment when they are not).
When these alternative therapies are suggested alongside conventional medical care, including appropriate diagnostics and treatment by your vet, in many cases there is no likelihood of causing harm, and the decision of whether to pursue these therapies lies with the owner. However, sometimes owners are encouraged to choose alternative therapies instead of conventional medicine, or are forced to choose one over the other because of financial limitations. In these cases, I believe it is in the best interests of the animal to receive treatment which has been proven to be effective for the condition with which they have been diagnosed.