According to Shawn Messonnier, Holistic veterinarian and founder of Paws & Claws Animal Hospital, Plano, Texas.
The website of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (ahvma.org) has searchable state-by-state listings of practitioners. However, holistic vets are still relatively few in number. If you can't find someone nearby, your best bet might be a vet who is willing to do a phone appointment (our office does this almost every day). While not as ideal as an in-person visit, a phone session will allow the vet to offer advice and, for instance, suggestions for supplements.
A big part of what we do is directing owners to help keep their pets well through diet, supplements, exercise, and mind-body medicine. When disease occurs, holistic veterinarians use natural therapies such as herbs and homeopathics, and noninvasive procedures such as acupuncture or wound-healing laser therapy, as their first-line approaches. When conventional medications are needed, we tend to prescribe the lowest possible dosages for the shortest possible period of time.
We encourage natural foods (devoid of byproducts and artificial add-ins), gentle shampoos and topical products, and nontoxic pest control, as well as supplements to support healthy organs and immune systems. We also tend toward minimal use of vaccines.
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