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I Would Like a Holistic Vet’s Opinion but there is No One Locally to Consult

Your pet is sick. You have tried everything to improve her health, but the problem keeps recurring or never resolves. What to do?

This is a great question that was raised by an audience member during my lecture about raising a healthy pet holistically. I advised everyone to try and work with their pet’s body. Not use ANTIs (anti=against) to oppose healing. Unfortunately, this is not always as easy as it sounds.

This person was concerned because their local vet was treating one symptom in particular (an ear problem) and it was not improving. On top of that, their pet was starting to have other problems (diarrhea). We talked about how the symptom was being addressed (palliated, suppressed, or cured) and about all of the available options. 

She said that she was not aware of the other treatment possibilities (like making environmental and lifestyle changes, nutritional modification, fatty acid supplementation, homeopathy, etc.). This raises an excellent point. It is the entire reason d’Etat for the existence of this web site and my hours spent updating it.

How to Build a Veterinary Health Care Team

The answer is simple. But not so easy. Educating yourself is the first and most important step that you an take to help your pet. Become an informed vet med consumer. Dr. Google is your friend. Collect all available (hopefully reliable) information. There is a huge amount of it available nowadays. Possibly too much. Assimilate what you can, but how can you tell what is applicable and true??

This is exactly why I always urge pet owners that post questions on my Pet Chat forum to seek the opinion of Board Certified specialists. Internists, cardiologists, oncologists, etc. These vets are often experts in their respective fields. They can look at the info that you have gathered and help you to make an informed decision about it. If however, you consult anyone that discounts your opinions and wishes altogether, you may want to go elsewhere before making a treatment decision.

The next step in this information gathering is to consult with a veterinarian who is trained in taking a step back from the specific problem at hand. Someone who will look at your pet as a whole. This includes early history, onset of the problem, available diagnostic information, opinions of Board Certified specialists, etc.  Some conventionally-trained local vets will do this, some internists, etc. Unfortunately, some (most?) don’t.

You now have your own research (from the internet, other pet owners, etc.), input from your local vet, a veterinary specialist, as well as a holistically-oriented vet. Don’t worry if none of your local vets have adopted a holistic approach. As with some vet specialists, some of holistic and homeopathic vets will consult long-distance with you and your local vet. Phone, e-mail and video conferencing are very effective methods for remote consultation.

Once you have all of the available options for treatment of your pet, you can decide, using the information that you have gathered, what to do. Perhaps you decide that you want to keep doing what you are already doing. Great. That’s easy! Perhaps though you’d rather pursue further diagnostics. You can work further with the specialist. Holistic and homeopathic options. Make an appointment with the holistic vet.

No matter what. Don’t give up. Keep looking and working to resolve the problem until you are satisfied that everything possible is being done for your pet.

Do you have a sick animal?

If so take a moment and head over to Holistic Actions where you will:

Feel more confident making HOLISTIC MEDICAL DECISIONS

Focus on PREVENTION and avoid un-needed and expensive diagnostics and treatments

Enhance your pets QUALITY OF LIFE and HAPPINESS

You can now find Dr. Jeff at Holistic Actions!
I'm sending my prayers and best wishes to everyone throughout the world that has been affected by this historic pandemic. My hope is for a better balance of the world and greater empowerment for all as soon as possible. Here are 4 actions that can be used today to improve immune resistance to any virus or bacteria:

1. Go on a "sniff walk” with your pet and breathe fresh air deeply for at least 30 minutes/day.

2. Eat darkly colored fresh vegetables and fruit such as wild blueberries and kale.

3. Do at least 50 HA! breaths just say ha loudly) daily. These forceful expulsions of air help maintain good lung function and can help you detect respiratory problems early. Laughter, coughing and Kapalabhati breathing (from yoga) are three other easy ways to do this.

4. Experience positive emotions, like the sense of awe, when we witness the renewal of nature. Stay safe, Vital and healthy”

Holistic Actions! membership includes a free monthly 15 minute consultation to discuss your Holistic Medical Decision Making. To discuss other Holistic Actions!, and to learn more about the Vitality and Balance System which describes how they work on a molecular level, just register as a Gold member at www.holisticactions.com/membership and schedule time to talk.

Stay safe, Vital and healthy,

Dr. Jeff