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.
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.