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has anyone gone to a holistic vet?

the behaviorist suggested i contact a holistic vet about 45. minutes away to look into a more holistic approach towards djangos health since he was diagnosed with addisons. she's suggesting natural remedies to help balance his system, etc. i'm all about getting and keeping him in the healthiest place possible. has anyone ever gone to a holistic vet before?
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There is one about 20 miles from us in Stone Mountain. I called about getting something for Smarty's stress and the initial consultation was to be $200. The person that told me about them said it was over $700 for one of her dogs on their first visit and treatment. She is still looking for the same answers I am with Smarty. So no we did not go.

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There is one about 20 miles from us in Stone Mountain. I called about getting something for Smarty's stress and the initial consultation was to be $200. The person that told me about them said it was over $700 for one of her dogs on their first visit and treatment. She is still looking for the same answers I am with Smarty. So no we did not go.

Good heavens! I can understand why you didn't go.

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My next door neighbor used a holistic vet and it became very expensive since he tried to convince her to buy an assortment of new products every time they went. It may have just been this vet, not due to his being holistic.

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I use a holistic vet for all of my dogs. I feed raw and it really is so nice to be able to discuss feeding openly and to have it factor into diagnosis and remedies.

My holistic vet is no more expensive than my regular vet (who lives 5 minutes away and I use in emergencies such as cuts). In fact, I think she saves me a bit of money because she is not so quick to diagnose with expensive tests. We spend much more time talking and trying to solve mysteries. Of course she will conduct a test if necessary. Also, the remedies, I find have much less side effects, especially those of a harmful nature.

I am very very please that I have found her and wish she lived much closer (45 minutes is far to me). I don't have to argue about the vaccination schedule I have chosen (few and far between and none after approx 7 years) and she happens to share my view point of spaying and neutering so that is also nice.

She almost always chooses a conservative natural approach that might be a bit more effort for me but it solves the problem without causing side effects that might require treatment themselves. Plus, because she spends so much time with us, the dogs are much more relaxed and don't see the vet room as the room where bad things happen. There is just so much positive interaction.
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I go to a vet that is both integrative/traditional and holistic. I agree with PepperToast that I get much more in-depth consultations and exams with the holistic vet than previous vets who were not holistic and who thought a 5-10 minute office visit was okay. The holistic vet usually spends 20-30 minutes with us, and it has been even longer when we had a lot of questions. And it's nice not to have to fight over nutrition as I feed a raw/kibble mix. I would say though that this vet is a bit more expensive than others in the area.

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My Vet is very much like my own doctor in that she is a traditional vet, but is also trained in holistic care. She herself is an animal chiropractor and she is also very versed with homeopathy. She admits to knowing only so much about nutrition but fully supports a raw diet and even suggested it for Cash's weight.




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I use a holistic vet and actually his prices are lower than the prices of my last vet! I have never felt pressured to get anything at his office (I didn't either at my old vet - we just switched because we moved!) and never felt cheated out of money or anything like that. I like that I can talk about my dietary ideals and have them really listen. They also suggested that I get titers instead of another shot before I even mentioned it - which was really nice!


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"littlebuddy", have you decided about visiting the homeopathic vet? I see there are varying experiences with them, but just as with traditional vets, you almost need to shop around and see which one suits you. I agree with those that have had great experiences with their homeopathic vets in that they can be a huge help to you! It depends on the vet.




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yes, the behaviorist gave me a holistic vet's number. django has to get his teeth cleaned this week, a must i have been putting off for 2 years, the vet gave the green light last year. i need to get thru this week, set up an appointment with the holistic vet and see where we go from there.
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