holistic vet

WHAT WE DO

WHAT WE DO AND WHY WE DO IT!

People can be confused by the term ‘holistic’, especially as it seems to be used to sell just about everything. So what does it mean at Four Seasons Holistic Veterinary Care?

HOLISTIC VETERINARY CARE

Holistic care is characterized by the treatment of the whole animal, taking into account mental and environmental factors, rather than just the symptoms of a disease.

Animals are usually referred for holistic assessment and treatment because they have complex, multiple, or chronic conditions.

We will ask questions about your pet’s diet, exercise, and mood state as well as the main symptoms. All too often a chronic illness means a pet can’t take part in the activities it used to enjoy and a low mood state or poor quality of life can make managing a disease more difficult. We often make changes to what,or how a pet is fed as well as using appropriate games, training and exercise to improve their mood as well as using acupuncture or herbal medicine.

Holistic also means that we use a wider variety of treatments than most primary care practices; we offer herbal medicine, acupuncture, and physical therapy as well as advising on diet, lifestyle, supplements, and behavioural modifications.

HOLISTIC VETERINARY CARE CASE STUDY: THE DEPRESSED PUG

A pug was referred to Four Seasons after diagnosis of a degenerative spinal condition. His pain was well controlled but he seemed to have lost all his spark and his owners were considering euthanasia. A detailed discussion revealed that as his mobility was poor the owners were taking this pug out on his own, then taking the other pugs for their usual walks. It seemed that the pug had a low mood state because he was missing out on walks with his friends. The solution was two-fold; herbs with a proven effect on improving mood and perhaps more importantly getting the pug back with his mates. His owners bought a ‘dog pushchair’ so he didn’t have to do the whole walk and let him out to sniff around with the others. In no time at all his cheerful personality was back and an integrated approach from his referring vet and our vet made a huge difference.

A DAY IN THE LIFE…

WHAT IS A TYPICAL DAY FOR A HOLISTIC VET?

“I’m not sure there is a typical day!” says Four Seasons Holistic Veterinary Care’s Vet Vicky Payne. “I work three days a week at Companion Care Vets Eastbourne which is a first opinion general practice where I will be doing vaccinations, examining sick pets, performing diagnostic work ups and doing surgery as well as any Holistic or Acupuncture referrals.

WHAT ARE YOUR OTHER DAYS LIKE?

“Thursday is a really busy day for me. I usually get up before 7 to train and exercise my dogs. I often visit a trainer near Tonbridge and combine this with doing routine health checks and vaccinations for his kennels. Then I hold a clinic at Goudhurst Vets where I see referrals from within the practice and from other practices in Kent. Today I had a lovely cat in for acupuncture. In the afternoon and evening I may have home visits as well, but not today.”

“The rest of the week will be taken up with a mixture of home visits and paperwork. I write for magazines including Your Dog magazine and give veterinary advice on several internet forums. I may also be preparing for First Aid talks or other lectures.”

SOUNDS BUSY! DO YOU GET ANY TIME OFF?!

“Oh yes! Clients often request visits after work which I am happy to offer and this allows me time off in the day to exercise and train my dogs.” Vicky has three English Springer Spaniels to keep her on her toes.

“I’m also lucky enough to ride a friends horse in the summer; that really is a great way to relax. ”

If you want to keep our Vet busy, busy, busy contact us to make an appointment!