Why Holistic Testimonial
Why are we holistic?
Many of you know the VCA Animal Healing Center integrates holistic and conventional medicine. We want to start educating our current and future clients on different topics relating to holistic medicine. So, we started this section called “Holistic Topic and Patients of the Month”. This way, we can show you some of our successful treatments, and the clients who make it possible.
The term holistic refers to treating the body as a whole. Here, at the VCA Animal Healing Center, we try to limit unnecessary stimulation to the immune system - in terms of vaccines, diet, medications, ect. However, there are instances when you need a fast response and you must use "big guns", antibiotics, pain meds, ect. On a day to day basis, diet is key, and limiting inflammation/stimulation to the immune system is important. Eventually, being holistic is a lifestyle choice.
Many first time and potential clients are not aware that we are a complete veterinary hospital. In addition to carrying holistic services, we provide your pet with wellness visits, diagnostics, surgical procedures, and vaccinations. We are your one stop shop to have your pet be as healthy as possible. If you ever have questions don’t hesitate to ask us!
One of our long time clients, Susan and Peter Vincent, are currently raising their two Brittany Spaniels holistically. Please take the time to read their testimonial about why they raise their pets holistically at the VCA Animal Healing Center.
Our experience with Animal Healing Center began in June 2006. At that time, we were having a health crisis with our brittany, Pepper, which turned into an amazing journey. Pepper was a rescue. She joined us when she was about 2 years old and already had had two owners. One gave her up because she wasn't a good bird hunter and the other thought she was just too hyper. Luckily, that person's sister worked in my office and knew that I loved brittanys. As soon as I saw Pepper, I knew I had to bring her home immediately.
Starting in the late fall of 2005, when Pepper was only 4 years old, she had a couple of episodes that caused me to call our previous traditional vet. She was slow to eat, sometimes refusing her food, and one day she actually peed in our bed. No solutions except a negative urinalysis came out of those visits. Then one day in early April, less than six months later, I came home to Pepper in full blown renal failure.
Right away, I brought her into our traditional vet's office where they did a Lyme's disease test on her and determined she had Lyme's nephritis...and it was bad. It was Good Friday, Easter weekend, and the vet told me to bring Pepper right to the emergency clinic, where she stayed throughout the weekend. On Monday, I was allowed to take Pepper home but was told she would only live a few days.
A good friend of mine sent me a website link to an article that spoke to my situation. It said: "they will tell you there isn't any hope but there is". I'm not saying there is hope in all cases, but I was desperate. Two owners had let Pepper down as did a vet in my opinion, and I wasn't going to.
I discovered Animal Healing Center online. A local news station had done a story on Dr. Khalsa and her practice. It said people came from Connecticut and New York, while I only lived five minutes away. I needed to see what they could do for Pepper.
It was June 2006 when Pepper and I met Dr. Braz for the first time. At first, we went weekly for JMT treatments and Pepper was given a bag of supplements to bring home. We changed her diet, and I began to make all her food. Our weekly visits went on for a couple months. I felt like graduation day, and a great sign, when Dr. Braz thought we could visit less frequently. Eventually, Dr. Braz suggested I learn Reiki and give her treatments at home.
Pepper's blood work indicated she was improving but her kidney values would never again return to normal. I learned that "normal" wasn't necessary for her to live a happy life. She did have her episodes when her values dipped and we had to change her treatment plan but she ended up living, happily, to age 9.
Now we have two new pups, and I can't imagine going anywhere else. I trust that they will only recommend the necessary vaccines and will dose appropriate to our pups' size and weight. The idea that they will benefit from this practice for their whole lives is something I'm truly excited about.