When approaching the care and treatment of your pet dogs
and cats, you have more options today than ever. Medicine,
both human and veterinary, is often divided into two basic
therapies: Western and Eastern. As intensive studies
become more prolific, many pet owners are considering the
holistic and integrative therapies available to their pets to ease
their symptoms. A vet who is open-minded and understands
how to integrate the various modalities of Eastern medicine with Western medicine can assess and develop a more comprehensive and integrative approach for your beloved pet to aid in easing symptoms and promoting wellness.
Western medicine is relatively young in comparison to Eastern therapies. We use many Western protocols and standardized treatment plans because of the scientific research and modern technologies employed to diagnose and treat. There is no doubt that advances in Western medicine have saved - and will continue to save lives. However, one of the biggest complaints about this approach is that the science of the medicine has narrowed the focus to physical assessment, laboratory diagnostics and a standardized treatment protocol that usually is limited to traditional pharmacology.
Eastern medicine is centuries old. The therapies have been slowly cultivated and improved over a long time. Unlike Western medicine, it encompasses the physical, emotional and mental wellbeing of the patient as a remedy, or relief, is sought. By taking a holistic and integrative approach, we have the opportunity to better customize a plan specifically for you and your pet based on the best of both East and West.
- Acupuncture, Aqua-acupuncture, and Electroacupuncture
Acupuncture can be performed on your pet to ease a number of different symptoms. To perform this therapy, the holistic vet will place very fine needles at different points on your pet's body. These needles are very small and often are not even felt by the animal as they are placed. The purpose of strategically placing these tiny needles is to stimulate energy points to promote healing and function of tissues, nerves, organs and the immune system.
For animals that are especially sensitive, aqua-acupuncture is often recommended by a holistic vet for relief. In this therapy, a small sterile fluid such as saline or B-12 is injected into the acupuncture site.
One of our pet-patients, a Dachshund, couldn’t tolerate the number of needles necessary to achieve full benefit. Dr. Turenne customized the plan with his best interests at heart. Once a few of the needles were placed, she then used vitamin B injections in the other acupuncture points. This little guy could now feel relief and go longer periods of time (4 – 6 weeks) between acupuncture sessions.
Electroacupuncture is as the name suggests. An electro-stimulation device is attached to the acupuncture needles to deliver a greater effect at the location. Pets suffering from musculoskeletal and certain neurological disorders often respond well to this.
Chinese herbology is frequently used in conjunction with acupuncture as the two work synergistically allowing an extended period of time between acupuncture sessions.
Herbs are a great alternative to traditional pharmaceutical medications and are often used in conjunction with food or acupuncture therapies to promote the best outcomes by a holistic vet.
- Food Therapy
Nutrition is important for not only good health, but prevention and recovery. Your pet will have different needs that are unique to them alone, and food therapy is used to identify those needs and feed them.
You want the best care for your pet. We hear you.
We also understand and respect the fact that it isn't always an easy matter to choose the best food and/or supplements. The pet store selection can be downright overwhelming and the staff may not fully understand your pet’s specific condition. Food therapy (diet and nutrition) is so important that we’ll meet you at the pet store – or the grocery store (if we’ve decided a home-cooked diet is the way to go) and we will help you determine which foods are the best for your pet while respecting your personal philosophy. We’ve worked with vegans, vegetarians, those who keep a Kosher home, those who feed a raw diet only, and those with other unique dietary needs.
Approaching veterinary care with holistic and integrative treatments brings a completely different set of methods to helping your companion heal. Although we typically see patients when they are ill, it is also very important to note that a patient who seems healthy can greatly benefit from a customized and integrated health plan. The sooner your pets are assessed for imbalances, the sooner they can be treated, benefit from their restored balance, and live a longer, healthier and happier life.