All of the doctors at Tequesta Veterinary Clinic strive to provide health care with a holistic approach. Yes, we have all been trained in America with western medicine. And yet, whenever we can incorporate supplements or therapy laser or nutrition we will! We view holistic medicine as a common-sense approach that utilizes the safest options available. Sometimes that might be as simple as giving a pet with a dermatological condition a bath on a regular schedule!
We at Tequesta Vet Clinic utilize supplements whenever possible over “medications”. Examples include fish oils, CBD, milk thistle, S adenyl methionine, and L-theanine. Know that when your pet has any issue, the doctors at Tequesta Vet Clinic will do our best to incorporate holistic alternatives such as supplements.
Several diseases (liver, heart, derm, and kidney disease in particular) can benefit from dietary management. For families who wish to make home-cooked diets we advise them to check out the website, BalanceIt.com. BalanceIt.com (as in “balance it”) was created by a veterinary nutritionist. The nutritionists at BalanceIt.com take into account your pet’s medical issues and help formulate the best diet while also involving your desires. They carry their own brand of trusted supplements that ensure a balanced diet to accompany your preferences. BalanceIt.com also provides nutritional guidance for healthy pets without health issues.
For the rest of us who are not culinarily inclined, we carry the Royal Canin brand diets. Royal Canin does 60% of veterinary nutrition research. More importantly, they strive for high palatability. What good is a kidney diet if your pet won’t eat it?
Proper body weight
We know that healthy body weight can alleviate many health issues from diabetes to tracheal collapse to arthritis. Obesity can cause insulin resistance. Obesity can not only predispose to arthritis but can exacerbate arthritis. Pets with upper airway disease typically improve when obesity resolves. If we tell you Fluffy is a bit voluptuous, we aren’t trying to make you feel inadequate or incite an argument. We are trying to help your pet live his or her best life, free of disease and pain. If we can get a chubby arthritic senior Labrador to lose weight and achieve a proper body condition, we may be able to avoid or decrease the dosage of anti-inflammatory drugs.