Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) September 05, 2012
While it’s not unusual for pet parents to seek out the healing powers of alternative medical treatments, from acupuncture and chiropractic therapy to Chinese herbs and homeopathy, such methods are also increasingly being practiced on other family members – the four-legged, furry kind. According to No. 1-rated Petplan pet insurance, increasing numbers of pets are also finding relief through what is being collectively termed complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).
Many of the therapies encompassed by CAM are based on the principle that resolution of an illness and injury can be achieved by treating the animal as a whole, rather than focusing on just one aspect of the disease process. Many veterinarians are increasingly using a combination of traditional Western veterinary diagnostic and treatment methods with complementary holistic modalities to improve the overall health of each pet.
Since 2009, Petplan has paid claims for alternative procedures to treat a wide range of conditions, including kidney disorders, allergies, asthma, Addison’s disease, arthritis, orthopedic issues such as hip dysplasia and lameness, eye conditions such as conjunctivitis and retinal degeneration, cancers such as lymphoma and osteosarcoma, and gastrointestinal conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease and gastritis.
Along with the rising popularity of complementary treatments for pets, Petplan has also seen a rise in the costs for such care. According to Petplan claims data, from 2009 to 2012, the amount claimed per policy on these types of treatments went up by 41%, and the amount paid per claim went up by 33%.
“Complementary and alternative treatments can be a tremendous way to help manage long-term, chronic conditions, as well as treat many different conditions,” says Dr. Jules Benson, Vice President of Veterinary Services at Petplan. “Treatments are typically minimally invasive and can help offer relief from inflammatory conditions and other chronic illnesses, helping to improve our pets’ quality of life.”
To highlight the benefits of holistic veterinary care, Petplan offers a closer look at some of the more common types of alternative treatments for Fido and Fluffy:
To learn more about holistic and alternative treatments, including how Petplan can help cover the costs, visit http://www.GoPetplan.com.
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