Do you treat your pet holistically? Get on this alternative bandwagon if you want to be part of an industry, which is experiencing a `boom' at the moment.

According to Churchill Insurance, there are three approaches to the use of alternative treatment, which include a using it as an enhancement to conventional treatment and treating the pet from a totally holistic approach.

Churchill offers up to £3,000 worth of cover for vets fees for each course of treatment, including hospitalisation and alternative medicine such as acupuncture, homeopathy and hydrotherapy.

A spokeswoman for Petplan, a leading pet insurer, said vets recognise the importance this care has for animals and that there are increasing demands for this inclusion in pet insurance.

So for a pet-loving nation like ours, where one in eight pet owners have pet insurance, a bowl of green tea might not be such a bad option.