Classic Care VS. Holistic Care

Classic Care VS. Holistic Care

An Important Note of CAUTION

As you transition into this new way of feeding your pup, keep in mind that many classically trained veterinarians will not approve of raw feeding. They have been taught (and marketed to) throughout their career that real, raw, homemade food is harmful to dogs. I know this previous sentence doesn’t even make sense, but it’s an unfortunate truth.

Sadly, many veterinarians don’t study nutrition and preventive practices. Their approach is more about squashing symptoms after they appear. Vets are also taught to prescribe prescription kibble diets.

So why am I saying that there’s an important point of caution needed regarding this topic?

If your pup goes through any situation requiring medical care and you end up visiting this type of veterinarian, they will likely blame the diet for the problem.

We’ve heard and read countless stories of dog parents who have been intimidated through guilt and forceful language. They’re told that they’re hurting their dog with this diet and they need to go back to kibble.

These veterinarians truly believe in their “education” on this topic, and some become very controlling in this situation. We’ve personally been intimidated by veterinarians when we were choosing to just research alternative methods of healing.

How Can You Prepare for This?

  1. Patiently go through the process of finding a holistic veterinarian BEFORE you need one. Complete the exercises in this chapter to prepare yourself to have a new veterinarian by your side.
  2. If you’ve followed this process and still can’t find a holistic veterinarian, contact the highest-rated veterinarians in your greater locale and interview the receptionist or vet to ask them what they think about raw feeding. We actually worked with a classically trained veterinarian who deeply respected holistic veterinarians and their practices. Although she was not versed in it, she supported us in changing the Squad’s diet and finding a holistic veterinarian.
  3. As a last resort: stand firm in the knowledge that you’re doing the right thing for your pup. Tell your current vet you’ve made the switch and you’re confident in this direction. Read these important blogs from our friend, veterinarian Dr. Peter Dobias, about how to handle this crucial topic:

Classic Care VS. Holistic Care

This is our experience of over ten years of working with both sides and the stark differences. Not every experience we had was on the extreme side, but this explores the overall philosophy and approach to how each side practices.

Classic Care

VS.

Holistic Care

Looks at the current situation only   Analyzes the whole lifestyle
Talks at the dog parent   Listens to the dog parent
Over-vaccinates   Vaccinates when necessary
Usually in reactive mode   Focuses on prevention
Focuses on symptoms   Digs to the root cause
Uses synthetic medicine often   Uses natural herbs, TCM, and homeopathy
Over-tests and over-medicates   Only prescribes what is needed
Uses surgery more often   Uses physical therapy more often
Takes temperature every time   Only takes temperature when needed
Pups experience anxiety   Pups love the pleasant experience
Has a conveyor-belt bedside manner   Offers a kind, loving bedside manner

 

Classic Care VS. Holistic Care

This is our experience of over ten years of working with both sides and the stark differences. Not every experience we had was on the extreme side, but this explores the overall philosophy and approach to how each side practices.

Classic Care

Looks at the current situation only
Talks at the dog parent
Over-vaccinates
Usually in reactive mode
Focuses on symptoms
Uses synthetic medicine often
Over-tests and over-medicates
Uses surgery more often
Takes temperature every time
Pups experience anxiety
Has a conveyor-belt bedside manner

VS.

Holistic Care

Analyzes the whole lifestyle
Listens to the dog parent
Vaccinates when necessary
Focuses on prevention
Digs to the root cause
Uses natural herbs, TCM, and homeopathy
Only prescribes what is needed
Uses physical therapy more often
Only takes temperature when needed
Pups love the pleasant experience
Offers a kind, loving bedside manner

How To Find a Holistic Veterinarian

  1. Search Google Maps and Yelp for holistic veterinarian and integrative veterinarian.
  2. Do a Google search for holistic veterinarian <city> and integrative veterinarian <city>.
  3. Speak to your local natural pet food store, where you get your meats, and ask them for recommendations
  4. Search Google Maps and Yelp for dog acupuncture or dog rehabilitation, then contact those businesses to ask whether they know a holistic veterinarian they can refer you to.
  5. Do a Google search for dog acupuncture <city> or dog rehabilitation <city>, then contact those businesses to ask whether they know a holistic veterinarian they can refer you to.

Web Resources

Although I’m not sure how accurate they are or how often they’re updated, I found these websites which seem to be helpful. Our holistic veterinarian is even listed in one of them!

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Video

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