Imagine this: You’re driving up to a rustic countryside farm. Your dog sticks its head out the back window. The air smells clean. You see mini-horses roaming nearby when you park. You feel the stress of your day rolling off you in waves.
Would it surprise you (or your dog) to realize that you’ve just pulled up to the vet’s office?
Often, medical centers feel more corporate than caring. That may work for some, but many locally-owned, family-run integrative veterinary centers know that beauty and comfort are powerful parts of the wellness picture (for pets and their owners alike).
And, even better: You don’t need to trade expertise for a good experience. While the vibe at Earth Angels Veterinary Hospital is less ‘impersonal clinic’ and more ‘holistic menagerie,’ its staff is as well-trained in world-class veterinary medicine as you’ll find in any hospital.
Integrative veterinary centers bring you the benefit of both conventional and alternative (or holistic) medicine. But what do those terms mean?
Conventional veterinary medicine may be what you already think of when you consider medical treatments for your pets: Pharmaceuticals, surgeries, and other such options to reduce pain and alleviate health issues.
Alternative veterinary medicine includes other therapies as well. When treating pain, holistic veterinarians may consider using acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic techniques before using painkillers or surgery. Usually, holistic veterinarians have the same training as conventional veterinarians. They are open to multimodal treatment options to integrate a whole-body approach to wellness.
As the owners of Earth Angels told us, this whole-patient, whole-pet outlook is near and dear to their hearts. “Doing anything else would only be going halfway,” they said. “There’s no point in just offering our clients a small part of what’s out there, right?”
Another perk to an integrative practice is that sense of comprehensiveness. Instead of wondering if there are other treatments to pursue to comfort your pet, you can go to one place and be confident that you’re exploring all of your options.
For example, in addition to its soothing atmosphere, Earth Angels provides:
Earth Angels also offers dog and cat boarding, allowing pets to stay somewhere they already feel safe (and will interact with people they know). This ongoing relationship between professional and pet makes everyone feel comfortable — even during typically-tense times, such as geriatric procedures and pilling.
That sense of safety and connection is the heart of the Earth Angels brand of treatment. They bring you a bigger toolkit for your pet’s wellness, but they also invite you into their family. “We’ve got everything a corporate facility has, and more, but we really care,” the owners noted.