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.
Dr. Tania Woerner, owner and sole veterinarian at Tally Oaks Veterinary Wellness Center in Purcellville VA.