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Holistic & Integrative Approach to Veterinary Medicine

“I like that Dr. Turenne considers the whole picture and doesn’t just rubber-stamp the same treatment plan on every patient. The improvements she has made since starting acupuncture are truly remarkable. We look forward to further progress as we continue her acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and her new gourmet foods. Dr. Turenne is wonderful.”


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.

  • Herbology

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.

Client reviews

In early December, my five year old French Bulldog, Pia, had a spinal stroke.  It came with no warning.  Pia’s left side was suddenly useless and her right side was weak.  She could barely lift her head.  She saw a veterinary neurologist who said that the only thing that could be done was for us to take her home and try physical therapy.  We didn’t know if she’d live or die.  After two weeks of working with her, she was able to sit up on her own and take a step or two, but she fell over a lot.  Her progress was so slow;  we were so very worried.  I posted Pia’s plight on an online veterinary forum.  Someone suggested  that acupuncture and may be of help to Pia, and that the Chi Institute had a list of vets. This is how we found Dr. Turenne.

Dr. Turenne spoke with me at length by phone and a few days later, we made the 50 mile trip from Toledo, really not knowing what to expect. On that first visit,  Dr. Turenne got right down on the floor with Pia, who greeted her with well received puppy kisses.  Dr. Turenne did a very thorough “western” exam and then a Chinese medicine exam.  Pia was never uncomfortable with any of this.  Dr. Turenne explained her exam thoroughly, and we discussed Pia’s history.

Dr. Turenne felt that Pia could benefit from acupuncture, and so we proceeded on that first visit.  She inserted about 18-20 thin needles in various places, starting with one on her head which she said released endorphins and was a “happy spot”. The only time Pia felt any pain was when she inserted three needles into her left foot (the non-working  foot). Then, she hooked several needles with wires to an electrical impulse machine.  I sat on the floor with Pia for 10 minutes.  We didn’t want her trying to walk around with all the needles and wires. Dr. Turenne came back in, did some adjusting and then we sat for 15 more minutes. Then she came back and removed the needles. Pia was amazingly calm throughout this whole procedure.

After the treatment, we discussed Pia’s diet and Chinese herbals. I like that Dr. Turenne considers the whole picture and doesn't just rubber-stamp the same treatment plan on every patient.

When we got home, it was obvious to our entire family that Pia had gotten much benefit from this treatment.  She was able to use her left rear leg much better and she managed to lope down the hallway to greet our daughter when she came in the back door.  Before that, Pia hadn’t taken more than a few wobbly steps.  That evening, Pia wanted to play tug-of-war with The Purple Bunny, her favorite squeaky toy.  We felt like our Pia was coming back to us.

We saw Dr. Turenne again in a week for her second acupuncture treatment.  Pia had no hesitation and greeted Dr. Turenne like an old friend.  She allowed Dr. Turenne to place many needles, during which time Dr. Turenne spoke reassuringly to her.  Pia was calm and comfortable, accepting of all.  After the second treatment, we discussed diet and Chinese herbs.  Pia started taking Chinese herbal capsules that have an amazing array of ingredients.  Dr. Turenne gave us food lists for Pia’s therapeutic diet.  She is now eating foods that we prepare at home, based on what Pia needs to balance out her energies.  Pia (and our other dog and our cat) think their homemade food is totally gourmet.

Before we came to Dr. Turenne, I felt like we were not doing enough to help Pia to recover.  We weren’t looking for a 100% recovery, just the chance for our sweet Pia to live a happy life.  We wanted to do more for Pia, but we just didn’t know what “more” was. After Pia’s second acupuncture treatment, she came home, bounded down the hallway and leaped onto the sofa.  It wasn’t graceful, but she did it!  Now we know what “more” is.  It’s Dr. Turenne!

We know that Pia still has a long recovery time ahead, but the improvements she has made since starting acupuncture are truly remarkable.  We look forward to further progress as Pia continues her acupuncture treatments, her Chinese herbal medicine, and her new “gourmet” foods  Dr. Turenne is wonderful. 

Pia, now living happily in sunny California