Any pet owner knows that what works for one dog doesn’t necessarily work for another, and the same can be said in the world of veterinary medicine. That’s why an integrative vet pulls from a comprehensive “tool box” of treatments and remedies. We understand that while some animals do best with a change in diet or a prescription medication, others are better served with acupuncture or may require surgical intervention.
By integrating proven treatments from all healing modalities – including eastern and western medical approaches, pets benefit from personalized attention and more satisfactory outcomes.
Wise & Wonderful’s holistic approach looks slightly different than “normal”
Here are some of the ways an integrative veterinary center, like Wise & Wonderful, looks different than normal.
Your pets love to visit us
And, even if they don’t love it – we work hard to get their ears up, tail wagging and defenses down after a visit or two.
Stress isn’t good for humans, and it’s not good for pets either. So that telltale shivering and shaking, losing control of the bowels, head hanging or a tail curled up to the belly (not to mention whining, hissing, growling, scratching or biting) are all signs your pet is scared, anxious and stressed. While some vets consider this normal, we consider a sign we need to take some time to practice a Fear-Free veterinary approach.
In fact, the personnel here at Wise & Wonderful are all Fear-Free Certified. This means we’ve modified our facilities and adapt how we greet, interact with, handle and treat our pet clients. They learn to trust us, they are safe and well-cared for when they visit us. As a result, you may find your dog or cat comes happily in our door at your next scheduled appointment.
We’ll evaluate your pet’s diet
Just as your physician reviews your diet, an integrative vet inquires about his/her patient’s diets too. Pets can have allergic reactions to all kinds of proteins or pet food ingredients, and this results in symptoms such as rashes, itchy skin, hot patches, ear infections, excessive sneezing or rubbing their bottoms on the floor. In more extreme cases, pets experience upset stomachs, inflammatory issues or more serious respiratory distress.
Sometimes, the simple use of nutritional therapy alleviates these problems or switching foods and adding supplements, might be an important step in diagnosing and treating an existing medical condition, such as arthritis, autoimmune diseases, obesity or diabetes.
Long-term medications or invasive surgeries are last alternatives
Let’s be clear; if your pet is in medical crisis, an integrative vet uses traditional medicine, surgery or whatever treatment is required to stabilize his/her health – or we’ll implement palliative care to relieve a beloved pet’s pain and suffering. Fortunately, the majority of our patients come in for routine visits, or because their human companions are concerned about unusual symptoms. This is where an integrated vet approach varies from the norm.
As an integrative vet, we look for the least harmful and most comprehensive treatment first. We explore the root of the cause of your animal’s dis-ease in order to heal it. So, while we may recommend certain medications to ease discomfort and help to regulate their system, we’ll also determine whether a more holistic approach is best for long-term healing and success. Ultimately, our goal is to promote animal wellness from the inside out.
Holistic veterinary treatments include things like:
- Acupuncture. Acupuncture for pets is a pain-less treatment, applied in a series of sessions aimed at stimulating the pet’s immune system. It’s by no means a cure-all and is almost exclusively used to treat pets with functional problems (allergies, inflammation, paralysis, chronic pain). During an acupuncture session, we might use solid needles, hypodermic needles, bleeding needles, electrical stimulation, heat and/or massage to access key acupressure points. Most pets relax into the process right away, and some even fall asleep.
- Cold laser therapy. Also called laser acupuncture, cold laser therapy isn’t as invasive as it sounds. Similar to acupuncture, laser therapy uses focused, light energy to treat those same acupressure points. Pets only feel a warm, slightly tingly sensation. This light energy activates cell regeneration at the DNA level. Among other things, cold laser therapy works well to heal deep tissue wounds, infections and muscle/organ trauma.
- Non-anesthetic dental treatments. Whether it’s a standard or not, anesthesia is always a risky business. As an integrated vet, we only put pets under anesthesia if it’s absolutely necessary. Instead, we use our Fear-Free techniques, and a wealth of tenderness and compassion, to provide dental cleaning and treatment without anesthesia whenever possible.
We’d love to show you and your pets what it’s like to have an integrative vet experience. Contact Wise & Wonderful Integrative Veterinary Center to schedule an appointment with Santa Rosa’s premier integrative veterinary clinic.