5 Alternate Treatments for Your Dog

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A Brief History

The statement that Dog is man’s best friend was first recorded as being made by Frederick, King of Prussia (1740-1786).  Today, dogs are well-known with the title, “man’s best friend,” for many good reasons. They are caring, always by your side, willing to cheer you up after a long day, and are fun to be around.

Of course, they may tear up your sofa, pee on the carpet, and bark at any leaf that happens to fly by your window, but you love them all the same.

That is why you would move heaven and earth to make sure they are healthy and well, if ever befallen by some sickness. It can be hard to watch even the toughest, meanest dogs go through any kind of pain or discomfort.

In the age of new medicine, there are many alternative and unique treatments for our four-legged friends. Hemp oil for dogs? Yes, there is. Chiropractic care? Well, that is there too.

Below, we run through a few different options to get your best boy or girl the best care possible.

Digging Deeper


Matilda’s acupuncture session. Photograph by Mark Hillary from Serra Negra, São Paulo, Brazil.

That is right; acupuncture is not just available for humans but also for your dog. This ancient Chinese technique uses needles in order to provide a number of benefits, such as stress relief and also helps with digestion.

Although your dog may not be able to communicate their stress level, their joints and muscles can greatly benefit from treatment. If you have an old dog, they could benefit from acupuncture.


Not quite as ancient as acupuncture, homeopathy provides a safe, natural way to help with minor issues or injuries with your dog. You may not always want to take them to the vet and foot the expensive bill, after knowing some homeopathic treatments can certainly help.

You can explore many different natural remedies, such as hemp oil for dogs or other plants and flowers, until you fight the right thing. Your dog will definitely appreciate the extra attention, as well.


While you have probably benefitted from massage once or twice in your life before, your canine pal can also benefit. While it might not relieve stress as well as it would for you, it’s great for active dogs that like to run around or are too hyper ever to stop.


Hydrotherapy is relatively new for both humans and dogs alike. You might have seen underwater treadmills before, and they are primarily for people who are unable to move well or are recovering from an injury.

There is a reason senior water aerobics classes are so popular.

This is likely to be prescribed as part of an overall treatment plan and something you may not just seek out randomly. But if your dog was recently injured and looking to recover, this can be a great option.

Chiropractic Care

We mentioned it in the first paragraph, and we figured it would be a good idea to follow-up. While chiropractic care is usually hit or miss with some people, it can help with your dog’s care for sure.

The essential idea is that the spine is the most important part of your body and if that is straight and lined up, then the rest of your body will sort of fall into place, and energy will flow through you.

It can help solve a number of issues and should be something to be examined.

Question for students (and subscribers): Have you ever tried any of the above with your dog?  Please let us know in the comments section below this article.

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Historical Evidence

For more information, please see…

Spadafori, Gina.  Dogs For Dummies 2e.  John Wiley & Sons, 2000.

The featured image in this article, a photograph by Lelik (Leon G.) from Tel Aviv, Israel of a miniature dachshund, is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.  This image was originally posted to Flickr by Lelik at https://www.flickr.com/photos/24229489@N00/65437377. It was reviewed on  by FlickreviewR and was confirmed to be licensed under the terms of the cc-by-2.0.


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