Holistic veterinary medicine considers all aspects of an animal’s life and employs all of the practitioner’s senses, as well as a combination of conventional and alternative treatments. When holistic veterinarians see a pet, besides giving it a comprehensive physical examination, they want to find out about its behaviors, medical and dietary history, and its environment, including diet, emotional stresses, and other factors. (Excerpted from American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association)
Holistic therapies might include acupuncture [link to acupuncture page], herbal treatments, Reiki healing, or behavioral modification, for example. They can be used in conjunction with traditional medical techniques to supplement a treatment plan (called complimentary medicine). At times, holistic therapies may be used alone on an elderly or debilitated pet when surgery or harsh medication might not be advisable. Dr. Jeff will guide you in the selection of the appropriate course of treatment in consultation with your primary veterinarian or veterinary surgeon.
“Dr. Jeff is so devoted to finding things that will help Derrien. He helped me focus on giving Derrien back the life he has, what he’s capable of right now.” – Lisa, about her dog Derrien