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The Natural Vet

Our Holistic Approach

We believe in a holistic approach to looking after you and your pet. This is the treatment of the whole pet, considering behavioural, environmental, and nutritional factors, rather than just the symptoms of a disease and using both conventional and complementary therapies to treat your pet.

A holistic vet will determine the best combination of conventional and complementary therapies for a given individual, this is also known as an integrative approach. The word “(w)holistic” means considering the whole picture of the patient including the environment, the disease process, the diet, and developing a treatment protocol using a wide range of therapies to heal the patient.

Many patients present in a state of “dis-ease.” We need to ask “why?” rather than just treating the symptoms. One symptom may have several layers of causation. When one area of the body is ill, it can manifest in many ways. Successful and sustainable recovery relies upon finding the true cause of an illness and treating it. The most effective and least harmful path to healing is selected.

Examples of treatments used in an integrated approach are herbal vet medicine, acupuncture, low level laser therapy, nutrition (including microbiome testing), physiotherapy and use of a chiropractor.The benefits of using these treatments include fewer side-effects than conventional treatments, increased patient safety, stimulation of the body to self-heal and individualised treatment plans.

Herbal medicine

Herbal approaches have been developed for the management of almost all conditions including epilepsy, kidney failure, liver failure, chronic lameness, hormonal disease, behavioural disorders, allergic skin disease, inflammatory bowel disease and cancer.

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is used all around the world to treat a wide variety of conditions in many species of animal. Clinical research has been conducted showing positive results in the treatment of both animals and humans. Acupuncture is indicated for problems such as paralysis, inflammation and pain.

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Laser therapy

When a calculated dose of light energy reaches target tissue it results in decreased inflammation, decreased pain, and accelerated healing. Laser therapy can be used to effectively treat a wide variety of conditions including pre-surgical, post-surgical, acute, and chronic disease states.

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Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is dedicated to restoring function to an injured or diseased patient by physical methods such as massage, heat treatment and exercise. It plays a vital role in relieving pain, improving joint and muscle health and aids the rehabilitation of patients after major injury or surgery.

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Chiropracter

Chiropractic care for pets involves undergoing spinal manipulation or manual therapy to move misplaced vertebrae in the spine (vertebral subluxations) back into their normal position to release pressure on the surrounding nerve tissue. This relieves pain and enables the body to heal itself naturally.

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Microbiome testing

Our pet’s microbiome is a mini ecosystem located in the digestive tract, made up of microbes and other microorganisms including both desirable and undesirable bacteria unique to each pet. The microbiome plays a significant role in balancing not only a pets’ digestive health, but their overall well-being.

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Holistic life stage consultations

We believe prevention is better than cure, to prevent disease we need to make educated decisions about our pet’s health care from the moment we get them as a puppy or kitten through their adult life. We need to make choices regarding diet, immunisation, training, neutering, supplements and more. Many pet parents often don’t realise they have a choice for example vaccination vs titre test or a worming tablet vs faecal egg count. We are here to give you knowledge and choice. We have created three holistic life stage consultations for young, adult and senior pets! 

Natural nutrition

‘You are what you eat’ 

This phrase is just as true for our pets as it is for us. Our dogs and cats are living mammals that should be fed a fresh, moist, and nutritious diet to help them live a long and disease-free life. This diet may be in the form of a raw or home cooked diet. 

Our veterinary team will help you to make the best decisions regarding your pet’s diet, from feeding a puppy or kitten, feeding an adult maintenance diet, or feeding for a condition such as kidney disease. 

We offer beginner raw feeding consultations to get you started on the right path. We are always available to give advice over the phone, email or via our Facebook page and groups.

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