Introduction To Dr. Jeff’s Homeopathic Veterinary Practice
Why is Dr. Jeff Feinman’s vet practice the holistic choice for pet care?
Thank you for your interest in Dr. Jeff’s practice. He offers both preventive care as well as management of chronic diseases.
This practice emphasizes working through symptoms rather than working against them (e.g. with ANTI-inflammatories).
Symptoms are clues that your pets’ bodies give us to help them stay and get well.
Homeopathic medicines, optimizing lifestyle and clinical nutrition are the main therapeutic modalities used.
In this practice, symptoms are embraced and will never be suppressed with “routine” drugs or prevented with vaccines.
In addition, you will be asked to feed a fresh and unprocessed (not necessarily raw) food to help your pets heal using their natural Vitality.
The best time to begin holistic preventive care is before your pets get sick and ideally when they are puppies or kittens.
However, since you may not start until later in life, problems may have already arisen (and been suppressed).
These can take longer up to months and years of treatment to make significant progress.
Patience and perseverance are directly related to successful treatment outcomes.
A large part of my practice is management of such chronic and degenerative disorders as recurrent ear and skin “infections”, arthritis, allergies, metabolic/endocrine imbalances and cancer.
In these cases, a diagnostic workup may be recommended because appropriate test results can sometimes help quantify the disease process.
Ascertaining the degree of structural pathology (if any) will help me determine a prognosis and treatment plan.
Length of treatment will depend upon the duration and depth of the condition and number of and response to prior suppressions.
Most acute situations can be properly resolved over a few days or weeks, whereas lifelong problems can take 1-3 years or more.
During treatment, you will be asked to gradually discontinue (when possible) conventional drugs such as antibiotics and steroids. This will help your pet’s body heal naturally.
Using any “anti”-drug (e.g. anti-biotic or anti-inflammatory) during homeopathic treatment is like trying to drive your car with the brakes on.
If other symptoms appear during treatment (or if older, previous conditions return) you will be expected to contact Dr. Jeff for an appropriate response, rather than use drugs that you may have used before.
How much will it cost?
If you are like most of us, one of the first things you want to know is what this is going to cost, so let’s address this question right away.
The first thing to know is that you may not need a private appointment as many of Dr. Jeff’s practice resources and support are also available to Holistic Actions! (HA!) student-member-clients.
As of 1/1/19, membership costs $49.79 per month and includes 1 hour per week of live online group support during HA! Empower Hour! webinars.
The usual private hourly rate is $240 so these 4 hours of monthly support would otherwise cost $960.
If you still prefer to individualize your pet privately, initial evaluations typically last 1-2 hours.
Older and more complicated cases may need 2-3 hours and Dr. Jeff will help you determine appointment length once he reviews your new client application.
Most phone or Skype rechecks last around 20-30 minutes. In office appointments for examination and updates are ~45 minutes.
Appointments are billed in 5 minute increments.
A current credit card or valid PayPal address will be kept on file, and payment is expected at the time services are rendered (no billing). Dr. Jeff and Amy work with all of the pet insurance companies, including Pet Plan and Embrace, which are among those that cover veterinary homeopathic treatment.
There is a $25 missed appointment charge if your appointment is not canceled 24 hours in advance. Due to the length of new patient initial evaluations, there is a $50.00 non-refundable deposit that will be applied to your first visit.
You can also prepay part or all of your appointment and they will then be credited to your account.
Healthy-pet routine care costs the same as going to the conventional veterinary clinic and it will save you money.
A complete healthy pet annual consultation usually lasts ~30 minutes and are extremely important to maintain your pet’s quality of life and longevity.
Maintaining optimal health, prevents serious dis-ease later in life (and dramatically reduces future veterinary costs).
HA! and “Inactive” Clients
If you have not spoken with Dr. Jeff to “fine-tune” your pet in the past year, you are considered to be a new client of the practice.
Please click/tap here to join Holistic Actions! prior to booking your appointment.
What should I bring to my first appointment?
Please sign and return the treatment authorization and questionnaire prior to your first appointment.
Fax, mail or bring with you any medical records from your previous veterinarian(s) including from any specialists with whom you have consulted, as well as emergency visit records.
A “diagnosis” or description of the problem as well and lab results and other diagnostics will be very helpful. Use the following suggestions to help you organize your thoughts prior to your first appointment.
To decrease your appointment length and help with homeopathic diagnosis and treatment, please provide an account, in your own words, of your pet’s condition and history.
Include current illnesses, as well as previous conditions e.g., if you are coming in for evaluation of a metabolic condition, it would be very helpful to know about prior ear infections, allergies, skin growths, etc.
Prior conditions treated with drugs or surgery are especially important.
In addition, please include specifics about your pet’s appetite, what/when/how s/he eats, and if there is or has been diarrhea, vomiting, coughing, discharges etc.
Seemingly unrelated factors such as temperature preferences, sleep patterns, favorite activities, behavior problems and any likes or dislikes are all relevant.
If you would like to do some reading before the appointment, Drs. Don Hamilton (“Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs”) Wendy Jensen (“Practical Handbook of Veterinary Homeopathy”) and Richard Pitcairn all have written excellent books.
Dr. Jeff looks forward to meeting you and helping to improve your pet’s life. Feel free to contact the office or post an “Ask Dr. Jeff” query on Twitter if you have any questions.
Dr. Jeff Feinman’s bio is here.
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