This word is often misinterpreted, though its definition is important. It’s how we define ailments and foster health; it’s how we recognize the whole picture and forge relationships.
Holistic medicine is the art of taking into account the WHOLE environment in which an animal might live- this includes YOU (the caregiver), your childhood, your previous experience with animals, where you live, how you live, what you feed your pet, how you interact with your pet, your experiences with human doctors, your and your pet’s interactions with your family, and any other relevant clinical experiences. There are many other potentially important questions. How did you acquire your fur baby? Why or how did you name your pet? What was your motivation to get a pet? How did you choose your pet’s diet? What style of medicine resonates with you? What is your level of understanding when it comes to physiology? They’re all extremely important when you discuss holistic medicine with your doctor and in finding the best way to translate that belief system into an effective treatment.
Looking at the whole picture may help break the tedious cycle of going to the vet looking for answers and leaving with no further understanding on how to prevent recurrence. Those oft-prescribed medications designed to address the symptoms may absolutely be the right starting point, but it’s paramount to follow through, understand, and address the ultimate causes. There may be an alternative approach that can amplify conventional medicine, and there may just be a totally different approach altogether. We can even invoke the term- integrative medicine- mixing two different ideals to find the right solution. It’s not necessarily better, but it can offer new insight.
Holistic medicine in regards to vaccines? I’m glad you asked. Vaccines are the most important part of preventative medicine and have worked effectively to minimize many fatal diseases in our pet population. There is a responsible way to administer these vaccines- this also plays into a holistic approach. Do you need all of the vaccines? Does your pet’s lifestyle lend to needing vaccines more regularly? What is the rattlesnake “vaccine”? These are questions that are fundamental to the theory of HOLISTIC medicine.
Although we have veterinarians trained in TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine) who practice acupuncture or ancient herbal remedies- these are not the only tools that exist in a truly holistic practice. Honestly, they are only one tool of many in our approach to global wellness. The key is understanding your unique pet, your relationship with your vet, how diet interacts with physiology, and how stress can manifest in different ways in your pet. Knowing all of this allows us to come up with the most tailored medicine for your pet. Treating the exam room as a safe space to interact and share honest conversation is our first step in the goal of HOLISTIC medicine.
We apply Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) to treat the patient. TCVM employs herbal medicine, acupuncture, and food therapy to target the imbalances. Cold laser treatment can also be utilized with a TCVM approach. Treating the imbalance often involves treating the “branches” until the “roots” of the problem are exposed and healed. That being said, positive changes and improvements may take more time than conventional treatments.
After you’ve contacted us to schedule a TCVM appointment, please fill out the TCVM pre-appointment form below. We can’t wait to see you.