The number of holistic veterinarians are growing in this country every year. And really, around the world. There are wonderful veterinarians living in exciting places with completely different experiences than what we see in our country. The differences can be due to local geography, local foods and plants, and local diseases/illnesses.
Regardless, holistic veterinarians look at the entire presenting picture of the patient and treat the whole picture, not just the one thing that’s wrong right now. For example, a dog or a cat with an ear infection: a conventional veterinarian will treat the symptoms and provide medication for the specific issue – a holistic veterinarian will determine not only what is causing the symptoms and provide temporary relief, but will look at the underlying issue, like a food allergy, and address that too.
While the number of holistic veterinarians is increasing there isn’t always one in your neighborhood. The great thing is many of us, myself included, provide virtual consultation services – we always work with your local vet for diagnostics and medical treatment, keeping them in the loop.
For pet owners looking for alternative treatments, sometimes a little bit of driving is involved. In some cases, we will drive to you – for example, I treat patients in Indianapolis (1.5 hours drive from my normal office location) once a month; several colleagues routinely see patients at training/agility clubs in states in which they are licensed.
If holistic care is in your pet’s future and you are in need of a veterinarian, search at AHVMA.org. If you can’t find someone close, check out blogs from holistic vets – if you find one you like, try a virtual consult.
Dr. Cathy Alinovi DVM
As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Cathy treated 80% of what walked in the door — not with expensive prescriptions — but with adequate nutrition. Now retired from private practice, her commitment to pets hasn’t waned and she looks forward to impacting many more pet parents through her books, research, speaking and consulting work. Learn more at drcathyvet.com