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- I am a licensed Veterinarian, in both Washington and Texas, who specializes in 100% holistic veterinary medicine.
- Services offered include Natural Animal Care, Nutrition, Diet, Homeopathy, Nutritional Supplements, Western and Chinese Herbs, Flower Remedies, Reiki and Acupuncture.
- Holistic Housecalls are available on the Olympic Peninsula and surrounding areas.
- Holistic Phone Consultations are available for long distance clients worldwide.
- An initial housecall including an examination and consultation is $80 to $100.00 depending on the distance and time involved.
- For calls outside the area there will be an extra charge to cover mileage costs and time.
- Acupuncture visits are $80.00 and $50.00 for each additional animal including the cost of the housecall.
- An initial phone consultation is $80.00 and usually takes up to an hour.
- Follow-up phone consultations are $60 for up to 30 minutes and $80 for an hour.
- Follow up housecalls are $60 to $80 depending on distance and time involved.
- Initial Email consultations for less complicated issues only, or for overseas clients, are $60 to $80 depending on time.
- Follow-up E-mail consultations are usually $50.00 including a lot of short questions in several emails – but not per email in that case. It is better to combine them into one email wherever possible.
- If you are interested in becoming a long distance client I prefer to do a phone consultation first to get to know you and your animal and after that email consultations can be done if needed.
Orders can be e-mailed (which is easier and often faster) or left on my voice mail at 360-796-3749 also please keep e-mails brief and to the point to avoid unnecessary e-mailing back and forth, I appreciate your help and understanding with this. I am able to mail out supplements and refills as needed but please allow adequate time for processing and shipping. I normally ship priority mail unless by special arrangement.
Please note I still make periodic trips to Dallas for check ups and consultations every year or so, I miss my clients there and their animal companions, some of whom I have known for nearly twenty years and I am happy to continue to offer my services as a long distance veterinarian, and enjoy the regular trips back if people are interested. You can be added to my email list as this is the best way to keep up with my plans and schedule.
If you would like more information or if you would like to schedule a consultation please Contact Me or send me an email. Thank you!
I also appreciate suggestions for additional articles and information that you would like to be included on the website. More detailed information on treatment modalities and my philosophy are given below.
Consultations are available on natural pet care, nutrition and veterinary homeopathy. Classical homeopathy is used to treat a variety of diseases in both animals and people. Consultations are done over the telephone where a detailed history can be taken for your individual animal and an appropriate dietary regimen suggested. In addition a homeopathic remedy will be prescribed for your pet based on the clinical picture, the individual constitution of the animal and the overall health conditions that are present. The cost of a consultation is usually $80.00 with follow-up time charged accordingly, usually every two to four weeks, depending on the severity of the problem that we are treating. We will endeavor to make your pet healthy. In general more chronic diseases can be treated via telephone consultations, and it is a long term process of returning health. For more acute conditions it is best to consult your local veterinarian, especially for emergency treatment.
Homeopathy is a system of medicine that was developed in Germany by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann in the late eighteenth century. It is based on the Greek words meaning similar suffering and the concept that a substance that causes a symptom in a healthy patient will treat that same symptom in a sick patient. A single homeopathic remedy is chosen to treat the whole animal, including their mental, emotional and physical symptoms. This is in contrast to conventional or allopathic medicine where symptoms are suppressed or removed by the use of drugs such as antibiotics or pain killers.
Of course there are certain life threatening situations where antibiotics are essential, but homeopathy actually stimulates the body to heal itself, and strengthens the immune system, and consequently leaves the body in a better state of health than before it became sick. It can treat many conditions effectively, and it is said that there are no incurable disease, just incurable patients. What this means is that many diseases can be treated, which conventional medicine cannot cure, but some patients are so sick and suppressed that they will never be truly cured, though they may be helped and given some comfort.
People and animals that are treated all their life with homeopathy are overall healthier and live longer, because their immune system is continually being strengthened and challenged rather than suppressed and weakened. Homeopathic remedies use minute amounts of substances to act as a trigger to the body and stimulate its natural immune system. We are attempting to make your pet as healthy as he or she can be and gradually build up their body to the best that it can be. We are working with the immune system and not against it and aiming for a cure. This can take time and some animals will never be totally free of symptoms, but should live longer and healthier lives as a result of the treatment they will receive. In practice this means an animal can have a so called fatal illness but have an immune system that with the right homeopathic trigger can overcome the illness. The immune system which is encompassed in the term vital force depends on a variety of factors. These include age of the animal, type of disease, duration of illness as well as the innate vital force or Qi that the animal was born with. Drugs, poor nutrition, constant vaccinations, chemical treatments for fleas and ticks all undermine the immune system and should be avoided as much as possible. Homeopathic remedies work with the body and not against it and when used correctly should leave the body healthier than it was before it was sick.
Suppressive drugs such as antibiotics and cortisone leave it weaker than before, although may have to be used in certain life threatening situations. In practice a homeopathic remedy will be prescribed for your individual pet, and over a period of time, which depends upon how serious the condition is, there should be a gradual return to health and well-being. There should be more energy, less disease symptoms, and ultimately none. Other benefits include a shiny coat, more balanced emotions and better teeth, and freedom from diseases such as chronic ear infections and skin allergies. Obviously this is not an overnight process, and takes some time and commitment for both the veterinarian and the animal caretaker. But the results should be a much healthier animal who lives a long and healthy life as is possible.
Flower Essences and Remedies are similar to homeopathic remedies in that they are dilute extracts of various flowers. The most well known Flower Essences are the Bach Flower Remedies, which were developed in England by Dr. Edward Bach who spent his life researching and developing the thirty eight remedies he discovered. Basically these gentle essences work on the emotions of the body and all animals and people respond well to their use. They can be used to treat various emotional problems as well as modifying behavioral problems. Basically each of the thirty eight remedies has a particular emotional state that it treats. For example an essence called Holly is helpful for treating an aggressive animal that tends to fight with other animals or is aggressive to people. There are essences that help overcome fear or anxiety, that help in adjusting to new circumstances such as when a pet moves to a new home or there is a new addition to the family.
The most well known and useful Essence is Rescue Remedy which is a combination of five of the Bach Flower Remedies and is an essential in a holistic first aid kit. There are other Flower Essences from California, Australia and other places which are also very useful and are used to heal emotional problems in dogs, cats and other animals and people. Here at PetSynergy we use mainly the Bach Flower Remedies, and California Flower Essences to treat a variety of emotional, behavioral and even physical problems. There are flower remedies that help protect animals and people from radiation and negative environmental influences, and these can often be useful in the treatment of cancerous conditions, and miscellaneous health problems. Remedies will be individually chosen for your pet, depending on their particular emotional problems, such as anger, jealousy, fear, lack of confidence, adjusting to new situations, or whatever else might be causing a problem.
Consultations by phone or e-mail are available for Flower Essences, although some behavioral problems are better treated by homeopathy. Behavior modification is often desirable in conjunction with the flower remedies. The remedies can be given directly or in the water on a daily basis, and usually take from four to six weeks to have a beneficial effect. The contact information is below and an individual flower remedy can be mailed out for your pet.
The cost is $15.00 plus shipping and handling, and information should be sent by e-mail. There is an additional charge of $40.00 for analysis of flower remedies.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese method of treatment that most people have heard something about. It is based upon the concept that the body has meridians, or energy lines, running along it, and when the body is out of balance the energy lines are blocked or deficient in some way. The use of needles at appropriate acupuncture points will rebalance or redirect this energy and balance the body. The acupuncture points have been mapped over thousands of years by the Chinese and now have even been identified with modern scientific techniques. Some of the effects of acupuncture include pain relief, a strong sense of well-being, decreased inflammation and increased blood flow to the area being treated. By appropriate use of acupuncture, conditions such as hip dysplasia, intervertebral disc collapse, arthritis and nerve damage can be treated successfully.
Additional benefits can include longevity and this refers to an increase in both the quality and quantity of life. Many old dogs treated with acupuncture live longer than average and enjoy less arthritis and increased energy and it is a joy to watch them respond. Acupuncture certainly offers a viable alternative to the use of pain killers and steroids, as well as surgery and has few, if any side effects when used appropriately.
Acupuncture in animals has been used for thousands of years by the Chinese for large animals. Horses respond well, just like cats and dogs and nowadays acupuncture is often used in performance horses in the USA. Most racetracks have veterinarians who regularly perform acupuncture on horses. Acupuncture balances the body and in highly competitive race horses this can often make a difference in achieving peak performance. Even if your horse is not a racehorse acupuncture can help, especially with orthopedic problems and lameness of various types.
Needles are inserted into various acupuncture points, depending on the problem that has been diagnosed. Sometimes in horses substances such as vitamin B 12 are actually injected into the acupuncture points to give a longer lasting effect, and this is often makes things easier to handle than having to wait for ten or twenty minutes while the needles remain in place.
Acupuncture can treat many different conditions apart from lameness, such as dermatitis, liver or kidney problems and other miscellaneous diseases. Chronic lameness that has not responded to conventional treatment methods often responds well to acupuncture, and sometimes expensive and lengthy surgeries can even be prevented.
As such acupuncture has become much more widely accepted for the treatment of horses, than it has for cats and dogs. It is now recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association as a valid treatment modality in veterinary medicine for all these species. I am available locally for acupuncture treatments.
For more information and articles please keep checking back. For more information please read more Articles on various topics (see main menu at the top), which are updated to and added to regularly, or visit the online message forum (Yahoo Group) or if you are interested in more specific treatment in the form of a detailed telephone consultation for your pet please call or send an e-mail and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
If I am unable to help I will refer you to someone who may be able to help with a particular situation. Some problems are best addressed by a more direct examination, and I prefer that a diagnosis has been made by a qualified veterinarian prior to a consultation especially for serious conditions and diseases.
Please note I am available for housecalls on the Olympic Peninsula and surrounding areas. To set up an appointment please email me or call 360-SYNERGY (360-796-3749) I normally go to Sequim and Port Angeles every Thursday, and to Port Townsend every week, and other areas by appointment depending on my schedule.
Email is faster and easier and enables me to get back to you sooner since I am on the road a lot. Click to EMAIL me. If you have an emergency please contact your regular veterinarian or nearest Emergency Clinic. We can follow-up with holistic care as well, even for broken bones, infections and many other problems that respond very well to holistic treatment.
Thank you for your interest.
Anna Maria Gardner MA Vet.MB MRCVS
To find a holistic vet in your area who can treat your animal directly or to find one who uses acupuncture please go to the AHVMA Directory.
Disclaimer: Phone and email consultations are for nutritional advice, and do not include any diagnostic work, or prescription medications. All animals should be seen by an allopathic veterinarian for veterinary advice and diagnosis. Thank you!