Health and wellness can be viewed through the lens of many different philosophies. Western medicine, in contrast to Eastern practices, often separates health from the disease.

For example, many of us receive flu shots. This method of preventing illness through vaccinations emphasizes honing in on a specific virus. Vaccines are ideologically opposite to Eastern illness prevention, which focuses on balance through overall well being.

Western medicine, also known as allopathic (vs. homeopathic) medicine, emphasizes the use of industrially produced medications, like the flu shot, and a strict adherence to formal scientific processes, such as radiation and surgery.

Western Veterinary Practices

This conventional or orthodox approach to illness prevention and treatment is most popular in North America and Western European countries. Most traditional veterinarians offer treatment options such as surgery, pharmaceuticals, radiology, pathology, oncology and laboratory diagnosis.

For example, a Western veterinarian may suggest that a dog with hip dysplasia needs surgery and pharmaceuticals, while an Eastern veterinarian may prescribe a specific combination of herbs, oils and exercises.

Traditional Medicine Benefits

Because of the scientific approach to treatment, Western practitioners are subject to rigorous safety and effectiveness protocols. For example, medications must pass extensive lab testing before being offered to the masses.

Because of this, Western medicine is most beneficial for acute conditions that are easily diagnosable or easily treated. This may include treating an infection with antibiotics or prescribing pain medication for lameness.

How NTVS Applies Western Medicine Our veterinarians believe that pet owners deserve options in the treatment and care of their furry friends. By utilizing a combination of Western and Eastern philosophies, our vets are more equipped to help you choose what’s best for the specific and individual needs of your pet.