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Treating chronic bowel problems in dogs with homeopathy and integrative medicine
Diarrhea and other bowel problems are common among canine patients. Homeopathy along with other therapies, such as probiotics and herbs, may effectively resolve these issues. Chronic bowel problems are very prevalent in the canine population, and a cause for great anxiety and stress among many clients. These clients have to face not only the inconvenience of diarrhea in the...
Integrative training for technicians
Credentialed veterinary technicians are in short supply. Integrative training helps empower vet techs and strengthens the field overall. Technicians are leaving the veterinary field in alarming numbers. According to a 2016 survey by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), the industry is dealing with a shortage of credentialed veterinary technicians. A major complaint among veterinary practices is the difficulty...
Microbiome restorative therapy in companion animals
A procedure in which fecal material is transferred from a healthy individual to the gastrointestinal tract of an ailing individual, MBRT helps balance the microbiome and treat digestive issues. The microbiome is a characteristic community of microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, viruses and other microbes) occupying a well-defined habitat, such as in or on an animal’s body.1 Mammals are exposed to...
Integrative approach to diarrhea in the equine
Diarrhea is common in horses, and can be stubborn to treat. Alternative therapies offer a safe and effective way to resolve the problem. The horse’s digestive tract is very complex, sensitive to its environment, and prone to complications. It is also abused with an overabundance of antibiotics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, de-wormers and many other drugs. Additionally, horses are often under...
A shared space practice model
It takes time to develop a veterinary practice based on a shared space model, but it has many benefits, including a decrease in overhead and an increase in offered services. Most veterinary practices have owners and associates. New services can only be offered if someone at the practice learns them, or patients are referred out. If clients are looking...
Building good behavior in your patients -- strategies for stocking your pharmacy
Most animals are relinquished to shelters because of behavioral issues. Many clients simply tolerate unwanted behaviors in their pets, while you and your staff are often stressed by poor patient behavior in the clinic. And it doesn’t stop there. Studies have documented the impact of emotional and mental health in animals on physical ailments. Addressing these issues can provide...
Probiotics — the missing nutrients
A balanced intestinal microbiome is crucial to good health in dogs and cats, as well as in humans. Probiotics can play an important role in maintaining this balance. Maintaining a healthy and balanced intestinal microbiome in our patients (and in ourselves) is becoming increasingly difficult. This can lead to a multitude of health issues, in which probiotics can be...
Strategies for managing pancreatitis in small animals
Herbal medicines and low-fat meat and vegetable diets can prevent pancreatitis in dogs and cats, and can also be used to resolve acute and chronic stages of the disease.  Pancreatitis is commonly diagnosed and treated in small animal veterinary medicine. However, its causes and pathophysiology remain poorly understood, except to say that it is usually a sterile condition. The...
Digestive enzymes in dogs and cats
Supplementing with digestive enzymes can enhance the health and well-being of our canine and feline patients in many crucial ways. "Man is not nourished by what he swallows, but by what he digests and uses,” wrote Hippocrates. This is true for all creatures, including dogs and cats – and an important part of what determines that nourishment involves digestive...
Integrative approaches to megaesophagus – case studies
Below are details of the summarized case studies featured in the article “Integrative Approaches to Megaesophagus” by Dr. Judith Saik, IVC Journal Volume 8, Issue 3. Using acupuncture for congenital megaesophagus Case #1 A four-month-old intact female five-pound Bichon Frise/Havenese crossbreed was presented to the Integrative Medicine Service with a diagnosis of megaesophagus that had not responded to conventional treatment....