Holistic Medicine Services
Whether your pet is suffering from a specific medical condition or you want to learn how to integrate a holistic approach to keep your pet healthy, we can help.
Herbal therapies can be incorporated with conventional treatments to decrease any negative side effects of conventional treatments and enhance the body’s ability to heal and to detoxify. While herbal medicine is generally very safe, knowledge of possible herbal interactions and side effects is necessary to ensure the best possible outcome and therapeutic effect.
We know it can be confusing– there are so many pet foods out there; and if you talk to ten different people, you’ll get ten different recommendations on what is best to feed your pet. We want you to know that we don’t sell pet food in our clinic and have no affiliations with pet food companies. While we do think diet is a fundamental component to your pet’s health, we believe that pet food choices are unique to each family based on many factors, such as time, financial resources, local availability, palatability, the pet’s age, and overall health. Our goal is to assess your pet’s health and individual needs and develop an appropriate feeding plan that is feasible for both you and your pet.
The microbiome consists of all the bacteria in your pet’s gastrointestinal system. Although bacteria are often associated with infections, the microbiome is essential for your pet’s health. Medications, diet, illness, stress, and environmental factors can impact gut health and cause an imbalance or lack of these healthy microbes. The resulting symptoms can include chronic diarrhea, constipation, chronic vomiting, allergies, skin infections, immune dysfunction, and weight gain. Through a simple fecal test, we can map your pet’s gut bacteria and compare it to that of a normal, healthy pet’s and create a treatment plan to restore your pet’s microbiome.
Vitamin D Testing
Appropriate vitamin D levels are essential for gene regulation and maintenance of cellular health, and there is a growing body of evidence that low vitamin D levels are associated with a wide range of diseases such as cancer, heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and feline tooth resorption. Unlike humans, dogs and cats cannot synthesize vitamin D from the sun; their only source of vitamin D is in the diet. Intestinal absorption can vary from pet to pet and can be affected by a variety of factors. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, which means that it is stored in the body for more extended periods and poses a higher risk for toxicity than water-soluble vitamins such as vitamin C. Therefore, testing before supplementation is crucial.
Inflammatory Disease Panel
Left unchecked, chronic inflammation can lead to chronic disease, including cancer. We can evaluate your pet’s overall level of inflammation with simple blood testing and counsel you on what measures can be taken to reduce the inflammation in your pet.
Fecal Microbiota Transplant
One of the steps to restoring your pet’s good gut bacteria may be a fecal microbiota transplant. This sounds complex, but it simply requires that your pet take a capsule of fecal matter from a well-screened donor once daily. This treatment provides the patient with resident gut bacteria present in healthy dogs, which is not available in over the counter probiotics. We use the donor fecal matter to ‘seed’ the microbiome and produce a balanced, healthy state.
We are dedicated to providing physical rehabilitation and holistic medicine to the pets of Chicago.