Dr. Lori is at the forefront of her field as a practitioner of integrative veterinary care, and you may be wondering just what that is. It’s most definitely what you want when you want the very best for your companion animal, so please read on to learn more about what this approach to veterinary medicine means for you and your pet!
What is Integrative Veterinary Care?
Integrative medicine combines the best of both worlds, merging conventional Western medicine with complementary/alternative therapies. This approach lets Dr. Lori look at the patient holistically, which means Dr. she evaluates your entire companion animal from a social, environmental, and emotional standpoint in addition to the traditional diagnostics of radiographs, blood work, and other patient monitoring tools from the Western medical perspective.
With integrative medicine, treatment can be a combination of the traditional: such as pharmaceuticals and surgery, and the nontraditional: such as Chinese herbals and massage. Medicine does not have to be an either/or approach. Approaching the patient from different perspectives and multiple therapies increases the options. Many people are choosing these complementary and alternative therapies for themselves, and these modalities are available for their pets.
Complementary therapies include:
- Flower essences
- Chinese herbals
- Chiropractic care
- Physical rehabilitation
- Energy therapies
- Ayurvedic treatments
- Dietary supplements
- Nutritional therapy
These therapies go beyond the scope of what is taught in the veterinary medical schools’ curricula, and veterinarians like Dr. Lori who are interested in treating the whole animal must go to continuing education to learn these techniques.