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Ask a Vet: The Best Alternative Therapy Method for Pets

Photo by Batter Job, via Flickr 

Welcome to our weekly 'Ask a Vet from the SF SPCA' feature on 7x7.com. Dr.Jeannine Berger, DVM, DACVB is a board certified veterinary behaviorist who counsels guardians whose pets’ issues are beyond the scope of training. Think of her as a pet shrink at your service. Ask your own questions in the comments. 

We get a lot of questions about alternative therapies in both medical and behavioral cases, including a specialization called TTouch. On April 8th, we will be hosting a workshop at the San Francisco SPCA with Linda Wellington-Jones, founder of the TTouch method, so we thought we'd introduce you to the method here, if you've not heard of it before. TTouch uses circular movements over the animal's body to activate the natural function of cells - if you are familiar with Reiki massage, this is a similar concept. The result is accelerated healing of injuries or ailments. The process is also used to modify undesirable behaviors and is used as a training method in conjunction with traditional positive reinforcement training.  We like this approach - beyond its effectiveness, the process enhances the bond between animals and their people, which we believe leads to health and happiness for all.  Thesevideos are pretty informative- check them out and hope see you on April 8th, 7pm-9pm.

Register for the workshop here.  April 8th, 7pm-9pm at the San Francisco SPCA, 201 Alabama Street. Workshop is $35.