In my view complementary therapies are used and needed for the simple reason that allopathic medicine does not effectively and totally work as a healing modality. Allopathic has it’s strength, in my opinion, in diagnostics, it does heal in some instances, but in many rather than find and heal the root cause, it suppresses the symptoms present so as to give the impression that healing has occurred, but all that has happened is suppression. This can be very dangerous, as the original problem still exists and the body then has to find other ways to try and sort it out, and the deeper it is driven within the body by constant suppression of symptoms, the bigger the problems can become over time.
Allopathic medicene can also have some rather nasty side effects, and on a deeper
level does immense damage with dna and genes, hormone function etc., and, to be fair, alternative therapies like herbs and supplements can also cause problems, but I usually find people are much more cautious and less likely to go mad with complementary therapies and much more likely to trust and take chances and place blind trust in allopathy. Complementary therapies give much less side effects and deal with the root causes, offer healing on all four levels [physical, mental, spiritual, emotional], and, as an aside, can be quite affordable, especially if learnt by oneself. With many therapies like Reiki, there are no bad side effects ever, and with others like Homeopathy, side effects are extremely rare, if ever, as ‘so’ much of a remedy would need to be taken to prompt any even slight adverse effects, that it just doesn’t happen.
Allopathic medicine deals with the physical, emotional and mental bodies but not with the spiritual, which is where complementary/alternative therapies cannot be equalled. A wholistic approach is also used with complementary medicene, which can be invaluable for the practitioner.
For anything other than small issues, I would always visit my vet first, as I believe vets have a lot of experience in seeing and recognising signs and symptoms specific to illness’s and have learned an awful lot, and my vet’s knowledge and expertise in diagnostics would be something I would very much value.
I would then look at my options, what my vet can offer me, which complementary therapies would be of use and able to help, and look at quality of life, expected length of life left etc. and weigh up odds, and personally, I would also kinesiology and use an animal communicator as I have found them invaluable in the past and would want my pet to have a say in choices made for their own life if possible.