Here is a veterinarian who is doing their part to help pets live longer.
Dr. Gerald Buchoff is a Little Falls, New Jersey veterinarian who provides holistic medicine and chiropractic care to animals.
“By definition, holistic medicine means conventional plus alternative,” he told Dylan Dreyer in the 3rd lesson of TODAY on Friday. “So we’re not just talking about the fact that I am making treatments and diagnoses that are unconventional or different, but when it comes to therapy things diverge.”
He also said the treatment is not limited in scope.
“Dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, we see everything,” he said.
Buchoff even gave Dylan’s 11-year-old Schnauzer Bosco a chiropractic adjustment.
“It’s like a spring-loaded hammer and it presses the vertebrae and also the pelvis and actually turns on or opens ganglia nerve switches,” he said. “I am essentially optimizing the flow of information in Bosco.”
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“I think chiropractic is great not only for treatment but also for prevention,” he added.
Buchoff started holistic veterinary medicine 25 years ago. Analyzing records from his career, he found that animals given holistic treatment lived 40% longer than those from his time as a traditional veterinarian.
Buchoff offers a wide range of other services, including acupuncture, cold laser therapy, and biophotonic – or ozone – blood treatments that help blood cells heal animals.
Jackie Morrone’s 10-year-old Maltese, Mochi, was diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma by a conventional veterinarian this summer.
“After four weeks of treatment, he was the most active I’ve ever seen,” she said. “It’s not just Hokeypokey stuff. It is actually effective. “
Buchoff said there are small steps people can take to keep their pets healthy, including brushing their fur with a smooth brush and brushing their teeth every day. He also recommends tapping the thymus 10 times each day and wiping your paws when they come inside.
Holistic treatment doesn’t cost much more than traditional veterinary services and pet insurance can cover some of it as it is not considered preventive treatment.
Oh, and how did Bosco like your experience? Dylan said the holistic approach “kind of gives her a lot more energy.”