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A Holistic Approach

Author: Erin Schneider | Date: July 27, 2012

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about switching Bailey over to a more holistic lifestyle. I am a big believer in feeding natural, organic food and treats, but for whatever reason, I never thought much about consulting with a holistic vet. Ever since Bailey was diagnosed with bladder cancer, I have been analyzing everything I feed her and have fed her. I know bladder cancer is very common in Westies, but I can’t help but wonder if I would have gone the holistic route much earlier in her life, maybe she wouldn’t have been diagnosed so young.

I have the most amazing vet. I trust her implicitly and give total credit to her for catching the cancer early and ultimately giving us more time with Bailey. She has received great medical care, but there is always a part of me that wishes I would have incorporated some holistic approaches a little earlier.

I recently visited a holistic vet in Southern Illinois. I didn’t really know what to expect. I actually went in thinking I was going to get a lecture for not feeding her raw food, not putting her on more vitamins, etc. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I walked in to a very relaxed environment with incredibly friendly staff.

When I met with the vet, I wasn’t lectured, instead I was encouraged to keep up with a lot of my same routine, and was given some supplements to add to Bailey’s diet.

I left there feeling really good about what I have been doing and about the changes I would be making.

It has only been about a week since I came back from the holistic vet, so it is a little early to see any effects of the change, but I am optimistic. My ultimate goal is to ensure Bailey is comfortable and happy. I am now working with both my vets to find the perfect balance.

 

    1. Amy says:

      I am looking for a holistic vet in Southern Illinois. Where did you find the vet you went to and what was their name?
      Thanks so much!

      • Erin says:

        Hi Amy, thanks for your great question! I go to Dr. Becker at Natural Pet Animal Hospital in Bourbonnais, IL. Their website is http://www.naturalpetfamily.com. I heard of them through word of mouth. I have heard that Yelp is a good site to look up holistic vets. I would just do some research before setting up an appointment and even call the vet to confirm that they are holistic.

        Let me know if you have any other questions or if I can help in any other way.

        Thanks for reading!


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