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Holistic pet care cited

Holistic health care for pets is growing, according to a San Francisco report.

Complementary and alternative medical (holistic) therapies for pets generally overlap with those provided to humans, including acupuncture, massage, and aromatherapy.

"At Pets Unlimited, a non-profit animal hospital that was opening the city's first all-holistic veterinary medical clinic," a dog recently received acupuncture. "As alternative approaches like acupuncture and herbal remedies have moved further into the mainstream for humans, veterinarians have made those same techniques increasingly available for pets.

"Animal care officials say pet owners have been convinced by their own positive experiences that their pets should also enjoy the benefits of alternative techniques.

"A Japanese fountain, soft lights and walls painted in soothing tones of sage, ochre and salmon augment the calming atmosphere of the clinic, which is one floor down from the city's only 24-hour-a-day emergency room for pets."

Holistic health care for pets aims to improve relaxation as well as provide therapeutic results.

Notably, there is an American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, which "claims more than 800 members from Florida to Alaska."

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