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Placebos for Pets? The Truth about Alternative Medicine for Animals
Whether online or in the local pet store, there is a bewildering variety of pet healthcare products and services to choose from. Diets and supplements, ancient herbs and folk remedies, and even high-tech treatments like hyperbaric oxygen tanks and laser therapy. Everything promises to give your pet better health and a longer life, and isn’t that what every pet owner wants? But how do you know if all of these products do what they claim? Do they work? Are they safe? If they really are miraculous cures, why are so many offered only on the Internet or by a few veterinarians specializing in “alternative medicine?” As pet owners, we are deluged with marketing claims, but sifting through the hype and getting to the real facts can be tough. Placebos for Pets? helps pet owners and veterinary professionals understand the claims and the evidence for unconventional pet health products and make good choices for their companions and patients. Dr. McKenzie has reviewed the latest scientific evidence for all the major alternative medicine approaches, as well as dozens of individual products, while creating a toolkit so that you can sort through these claims on your own.