The philosophy of holistic medicine is to look at all aspects of the entire animal and be open to using a variety of treatments. Holistic veterinarians use both conventional and alternative therapies in their patients. They recognize that modern veterinary techniques are necessary in caring for an animal but also believe that alternative medicine modalities such as herbal medicine, acupuncture, and chiropractic care have a role as well. Holistic veterinarians often concentrate on nutrition and diet, the environment and lifestyle of the animal, and psychologic state of the animal in the treatment and prevention of disease. Communication between the animal, owner, and veterinarian are emphasized. Let your veterinarian know if you have interest in a holistic medical plan for your pet.
Our hospital offers acupuncture services for your pet with Katie Clawson, DVM, CVMA, and it may be recommended as a preventative measure or to help treat disease. Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that is believed to stimulate the flow of energy forces that nourish tissues, stimulate blood flow, and enhance body systems.
According to ancient Chinese medical theory, the life force (called qi or ch'i) flows through the body via 14 invisible channels known as meridians, regulating all physical and mental processes.... Read more