Why go Holistic?
At its core, holistic veterinary medicine implies a way of healing or treating animals using tools with minimal or no side effects. This type of medicine does not replace Western medicine – rather, it supplements it. Its strength lies in the treatment and prevention of chronic disease. Often, holistic veterinary medicine has the potential to help – and sometimes cure – diseases otherwise thought to be degenerative or non-curable. Western medicine is often only palliative for chronic disease. Older animals especially benefit from holistic modalities due to the fact that chronic use of pharmaceutical drugs can often lead to adverse short and long term side effects.
One of the most important aspects of holistic medicine is that it places more emphasis on the role of the patient and caretaker. Because the caretaker takes a more powerful role, self-education of the pet’s caretaker is emphasized in my practice.