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post #31 of 37 (permalink) Old 05-21-2020, 10:20 PM
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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?

Dear Client,
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
conventional drugs.
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
another practice.
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!!
Nope. Not for me. The practice I use is an "Integrative" practice that uses holistic methods, mainstream western medicine, acupuncture, and other modalities that can help the animal. They do not limit themselves or the animals to one specific "method". I know that not everyone has access to a veterinary practice like mine. But I would choose an open-minded traditional veterinary practice over one that was TOO "woo-woo".
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Nope. Not for me. The practice I use is an "Integrative" practice that uses holistic methods, mainstream western medicine, acupuncture, and other modalities that can help the animal. They do not limit themselves or the animals to one specific "method". I know that not everyone has access to a veterinary practice like mine. But I would choose an open-minded traditional veterinary practice over one that was TOO "woo-woo".
I wish there was something like this in my area. Hopefully itís not too far in the future since I have seen the mainstream medical community become much more integrative in my area just the last 5-8 years.
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I use a Sporn Easy Fit Harness, simple as anything , soft and doesn't hurt any neck or underarm area. Corazon is not a puller though and it may not be suitable if you have a dog who does.

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I use a Sporn Easy Fit Harness, simple as anything , soft and doesn't hurt any neck or underarm area. Corazon is not a puller though and it may not be suitable if you have a dog who does.

https://www.dogculture.com.au/produc...t-dog-harness/vv
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Homeopathy is definitely not for everyone. However, it might me something to try if the a dog develops a chronic skin, digestive or other condition that the conventional vet cannot resolve other than by prescribing long term use of drugs to suppress the symptoms.
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Homeopathy is definitely not for everyone. However, it might me something to try if the a dog develops a chronic skin, digestive or other condition that the conventional vet cannot resolve other than by prescribing long term use of drugs to suppress the symptoms.
I think it can be VERY useful in some cases. I have just seen really scary things happen with those "vets" who practice nothing BUT homeopathy. I think it is definitely a useful adjunct to other modalities. But just as I think people should have an open mind about homeopathy, I think that it is best to become as educated as possible about ALL modalities that might help your dog, and choose the best fit based on what you have learned.


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I think it can be VERY useful in some cases. I have just seen really scary things happen with those "vets" who practice nothing BUT homeopathy. I think it is definitely a useful adjunct to other modalities. But just as I think people should have an open mind about homeopathy, I think that it is best to become as educated as possible about ALL modalities that might help your dog, and choose the best fit based on what you have learned.
I agree. Great to have an open mind and see the best of both worlds. My previous holistic vet did both. However, some people seem to think homeopathy is voodoo or something. That is fine if people feel that way but I do think it has a place. The thing I would wonder about if they only did homeopathy is if they have some sort of relationship with a conventional vet to be used as needed. That is what is missing in this particular case and I would want to know more about that and what services the conventional vet offered. My previous holistic vet did acupuncture, chiropractic and Chinese medicine as well.

To clarify why I switched from my holistic vet is that it was a 1 to 2 hour drive to get there depending on traffic which was a stressful nightmare since we would sometimes arrive an hour early to be there on time. It was not because she was a bad vet. Also, she never used homeopathy on my dogs because they never needed it. Therefore I cannot personally attest to its benefits. However, I do know many people that use holistic vets and have had great outcomes.
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