Choosing a Holistic Veterinarian
and Knowing What to Avoid


An ever increasing number of people are switching to a holistic veterinarian. That thrills me, but I’m now getting some frightening reports.

Yes, more people are disillusioned with the allopathic dog health care system that seems more and more like a disease management system. But where do we go and who can we trust?

I've come to believe (through my readers comments to me) that many dog owners don't truly understand the difference or what to look for.

I hate to see people getting taken advantage of so let's dive in.

Just to make sure we're all on the same page I'll start with the difference between modalities and the way they look at healing.

An allopathic veterinarian is one who treats symptoms with drugs and other chemical substances for a desired effect. They view  body parts as separate entities to be addressed. 

The holistic approach is whole body medicine and that means an understanding that all body parts work together in synchronicity. If one part is "off" it affects everything. Instead of drugs, they use natural substances making the whole body stronger to cure itself of  the problem, rather than giving it a drug to stop the symptom.

A holistic vet can actually know several different types of healing such as acupuncture, acupressure,  chiropractic, and the correct uses of homeopathy and/or herbal (including Chinese) cures.

I might be forgetting a few modalities but you get my drift.



The Practice of
Holistic Medicine is an Art

Okay, that may sound funny but a really good holistic veterinarian is intuitive and can often sense what your dog needs. Of course he or she will have ways to confirm it, usually through muscle testing and they may do blood work as well for a starting point, but it's the intuitiveness you're looking for.

I've had the most wonderful intuitive human naturopath for the last 25 years anyone could hope for (a naturopath also treats holistically). Unfortunately she only holds a license to treat humans so cannot treat my dogs and I've had to learn a lot on my own.

My point is, for me she sets the standard for a holistic practitioner.


When a Holistic Veterinarian is Faking it

I know that subtitle sounds mean but, in my opinion, there are vets out there giving holistic medicine a bad name so. . .

Check out their office before making an appointment. Here are a few hints.

  • If they have products for sale such as Frontline and Advantix, they are not holistic.
  • If they offer dry dog food for kidney disease, they are not holistic.

I mean how could you possibly cure naturally if you offer pesticides that weaken the body (every year the FDA puts out warnings about side effects and deaths from flea meds) or a dry food for kidneys when the lack of moisture in a dog's diet is one of the causes of kidney damage?

A truly holistic veterinarian would never use such things and if you find a good one, you'll never let go.



 Passion or Money
Believing in What They Do

And no matter what, a health practitioner needs to believe in what they do, instead of the dollars they can charge.

While tagging along on a $300 ten minute appointment when my son took his dog to an integrative vet (using both allopathic & holistic modalities) I spoke to her while she muscle tested.

"I don't like muscle testing," she said, "but that's what I'm supposed to do so I do it."

Really?

We never went back.



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