Many people with elderly or extremely and terminally ill pets will go to tremendous lengths to improve the quality of their life. Alternative therapies may provide relief from the animal’s aches and pains with few side effects. The options may seem to be few with the exception of pain control, in cases of terminal cancer or arthritis in an elderly pet.
Traditional western medicine, such as surgery in a very old dog or a dog with a severely compromised immune system, may be too invasive. Yet, animals respond to touch and other types of bodywork and non-invasive types of therapy. These provide invaluable tools.
There is an incredible array of wonderful supportive holistic therapies and caring practitioners that can guide you on this path. The IAATH website should lead you to the right place.