Holistic veterinary medicine is a philosophy of treating the whole animal, taking into account mental, social and environmental factors, rather than just the symptoms of a disease. The techniques used in holistic medicine are gentle, minimally invasive, and incorporate patient well-being and stress reduction. Holistic thinking is centered on love, empathy, and respect.
We will determine the best combination of both conventional and alternative (or complementary) therapies for your pet. This mixture of healing arts and skills is as natural as life itself. As a holistic practitioner, I am not only in a medical history, but also genetics, nutrition, environment, family relationships, stress levels, and other factors.
Many patients present in a state of “disease.” At this point the holistic challenge lies in the question “why?” A simple-appearing symptom may have several layers of causation. When one area of the body is ill, it can manifest in many different ways. Only when the true cause of the ailment has been found is there the possibility for a lasting recovery.
Through a series of analytic observations and appropriate testing, the true root source of the pathology is identified. It is at this point that the most efficacious, least invasive, least expensive, and least harmful path to cure is selected.
Once the symptoms have been treated, the task is not complete until the underlying disease patterns have been redirected. The goal is to discover a new level of health thus preventing and minimizing future ailments and illnesses. The wholeness inherent in the scope of holistic veterinary medicine nurtures all aspects of an animal’s well-being, resulting in lasting physical, mental, and emotional health.
When you visit TOVS, you may notice a pleasant but perhaps unfamiliar aroma in the room. That is because we diffuse essential oils to enhance relaxation, elevate feelings of happiness and cleanse the air of toxins. When animals are stressed and fearful we use special oils on our hands or allow the owner to apply the oils to their pets to aid in relaxation. The uses of essential oils in pets are so broad that books are written on using essential oils to treat everything from allergies to vestibular disease. Many times essentials oils can take the place of conventional drugs or are used to provide an additive beneficial effect. Essential oils are used in a special massage technique called "Raindrop Technique"; which combines the effects of ten oils, applied from the sacrum to the base of the skull resulting in relaxation and rejuvenation of the entire body.
Acupuncture is another holistic treatment modality aimed at restoring harmony in the body by treating acupoints located along meridians on the body. The meridians are like rivers of energy that are all interconnected and when tissue damage or disease interrupts the flow, acupoints are treated to keep the meridians open. Interestingly, acupuncture is traditionally thought of being done with needles; however, we also use our Class IV laser to stimulate acupoints, which is a nice alternative for needle-shy animals.
Laser therapy is yet another holistic therapy used at TOVS. Laser therapy works on the principle of photons of light stimulating cellular processes involved in restoring damaged tissue, reducing pain and decreasing inflammation. Laser therapy is tolerated extremely well by most pets and is another soothing, relaxing form of therapy.
More information may be found at each of these modalities essential oils, acupuncture, laser therapy under the Holistic Services section of our website.
Please call us to set up a holistic evaluation of your pet by Dr. Woerner.
Eight companies now affected; common manufacturer cited as potential source of formulation error.
Following a voluntary recall of two dry dog food brands due to excess levels of vitamin D last month, the FDA has expanded this recall to include foods sold by six more companies: Sunshine Mills, ANF, Lidl (Orlando brand), Kroger, ELM and Ahold Delhaize, according to an alert from the agency. The recalled products were sold nationwide.
After receiving reports from pet owners that their dogs had suffered vitamin D toxicosis, one company told the FDA that it was voluntarily recalling its dry pet food because of potentially toxic levels of the nutrient. Other brands made by the same contract manufacturer have also been recalled, the agency says. It is working with the manufacturer to provide a list of affected products, and FDA scientists are investigating reports and evaluating samples of some of the products to determine if the reported illnesses are definitively connected to the diets.
So far, the agency, as well as state and private lab testing, have found that the food contained about 70 times the intended amount of vitamin D. This amount is potentially toxic to dogs, and in severe cases could lead to kidney failure or death, the release says.
Pet owners and veterinary professionals should stop feeding the affected brands immediately. Pets exhibiting signs of toxicosis—vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling and weight loss—should be taken to the veterinarian immediately, the release says.
Veterinarians and pet owners can report suspected illness to the FDA through its safety reporting portal or by calling their state’s FDA consumer complaint coordinators.
Veterinarians treating vitamin D toxicosis cases should ask for the pet’s diet history. The FDA is also interested in reading case reports, particularly those confirmed with diagnostics. The agency notes that vitamin D toxicosis could also present as hypercalcemia, similar to dogs that have consumed rodenticide. In these cases, it suggests confirmation through diet history to verify whether the dog has been eating any of the recalled products.
The list of brands affected by the recall is below. This list is current as of time of publication, but it could include additional products as the FDA monitors the situation, the release notes.
Click the linked company name for complete information about the recalled product.
• Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food
Natural Life Pet Products
• Chicken & Potato Dry Dog Food
Sunshine Mills, Inc.
• Evolve Chicken & Rice Puppy Dry Dog Food
• Sportsman’s Pride Large Breed Puppy Dry Dog Food
• Triumph Chicken & Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food
• ANF Lamb and Rice Dry Dog Food
Lidl (Orlando brand)
• Orlando Grain-Free Chicken & Chickpea Superfood Recipe Dog Food
• Abound Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe Dog Food
ELM Pet Foods, Inc.
• ELM Chicken and Chickpea Recipe
• ELM K9 Naturals Chicken Recipe
Ahold Delhaize (no press release provided)
• Nature’s Promise Chicken & Brown Rice Dog Food
• Nature’s Place Real Country Chicken and Brown Rice Dog Food
We are excited to announce that we recently purchased an iCare Tonovet Plus Pen; a state of the art tool to measure intraocular pressure in dogs, cats and horses. The Tonovet Plus Pen has revolutionized the diagnosis of increased intraocular pressure, otherwise known as glaucoma, in pets. The use of this tool does not require any sedation or eye drops and takes less than 10 seconds per eye. Instant results are provided at the time of the examination allowing for an immediate diagnosis of glaucoma.
Glaucoma is a serious eye condition that results from increased pressure inside the eye that damages intraocular structures, such as the retina. When the retina is damaged, it cannot repair itself and permanent blindness can result. Early in the disease there may be little to no clinical signs or very mild eye redness, discharge and squinting; however, as the disease progresses you may see any or all of the following: ,
Glaucoma must be recognized and treated early on in the course of the disease. Glaucoma in animals can be hereditary or secondary to other systemic or ocular diseases. Regular ophthalmic examinations with measurement of intraocular pressure are very important in the early detection of glaucoma and other serious eye conditions. Cat breeds more predisposed to glaucoma include Persians and Siamese.
There are two types of glaucoma in dogs, primary and secondary. Primary glaucoma in dogs can be easier to predict and anticipate, since it is largely a hereditary condition. Although primary glaucoma in dogs has been recorded in most every breed of dog, it affects certain dog breeds more than others. Dog breeds prone to glaucoma include:
Call us today to learn more about glaucoma testing in your pet.