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Here's my latest vet update. The holistic vet's office I mentioned above called back. I spoke to a woman who wasn't the doctor herself but was very knowledgeable about the practice and had all of the answers I was hoping for. She always checks titers before suggesting vaccines, she separates vaccines except for parvo/distemper which comes together. She knew of Dr. Dodds and said that they follow a similar protocol. She does generally spay/neuter at 6 months but is fine pushing it later, etc. Since it is such a small office and there are only 3 staff that work there, they are not doing restricting visitors due to Covid so I would be able to go in with my puppy.
Here's the problem though, she is a sole practitioner. If she is in surgery, she is unavailable. She is closed on Sundays and Mondays and doesn't open until 11 am T-F and 12 pm Sat. My husband doesn't like that there are such limited hours and I am not thrilled with that myself. If she is unavailable she recommends an emergency vet 40 minutes away which is annoying as there are two that are within 10-20 minutes away from her office/my house.
This is posted on her website. Is this "too out there?" I am all for holistic methods but I do think there are times when mainstream medicine might be needed... then we'd have to go somewhere else. Have any of you seen a disclaimer like this at your vet's office?
I am honored that you are willing to trust me with the care of your animal.
As you are likely already aware, my practice is not the usual. What I offer in terms of treatment is
the use of homeopathic medicines and nutritional therapy (in the form of fresh food diets, vitamin
& mineral supplementation, and food concentrates). I emphasize this form of treatment because I
feel it is the most effective way of dealing with a wide variety of health problems that animals
face. It is my opinion that homeopathic and nutritional therapy can be used to treat the same
broad range of problems that are conventionally treated with drugs. It is also my experience that
this is a very successful approach using natural remedies without any side effects with
However, not every problem can be successfully treated by me, and sometimes the disease is too
advanced for my methods. Other times, I do not have necessary knowledge or experience or
occasionally, my methods fail in spite of my best efforts. I say this not to discourage you, but
rather to honestly communicate my skills and limitations.
It is important to realize that regardless of the nature of the problem your animal has and in spite
of the diagnosis or prognosis that you have received from another practitioner, I am going to use
the abovementioned methods and no other in the treatment of your animal. If at any time you
decide to use conventional drug therapy or surgery that I cannot provide, I will refer you to
If what has been presented here is acceptable to you and, indeed, what you wish for your pet,
please sign the paragraph of acceptance that follows.
I realize that what works for some people doesn't work for all, but I am curious if you would be comfortable with this practice.
I am still waiting on another MUCH larger practice to gt back to me. They are complete opposites from what it seems but I know a lot of people who love the huge practice and they are open 7 days a week with something like 10 doctors, etc. They are not allowing anyone in the office due to Covid and are much more traditional with vaccines, etc. I am curious to find out how flexible they will be.
I'd appreciate anyone's thoughts or advice if you have any feelings on this. Thanks!!