Whole Pet Healing
Natick Animal Hospital is proud to offer holistic and integrative medicine services.
What is Holistic & Integrative Medicine?
Employing a holistic medical perspective is a powerful approach to treating disease and preserving or restoring health. This is especially true for our pets, who cannot directly tell us what they are experiencing.
A holistic (a.k.a. “wholistic”) medical practice considers the whole body all at once rather than just an isolated area or part of the body. Therefore, diagnosis and treatment reflect the fact that it is a dynamic, interactive, and interdependent system rather than merely a collection of unaffiliated parts. It is always important to consider how a primary disease has affected other body systems, and in turn, how the prescribed treatment itself might affect the whole body.
Examples of holistic medical systems include Japanese Kampo and acupuncture, Ayurvedic medicine, and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), which includes Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture. A veterinarian that combines conventional medicine with a holistic discipline such as TCVM is practicing integrative medicine. An integrative veterinarian will have specialized training in a holistic medical system like TCVM, in addition to standard conventional medical training.
Integrative Medicine (IM) is the most powerful approach available for optimizing the quality of life and lifespan of your pet. IM combines the most appropriate treatments from conventional veterinary medicine and surgery with methods such as acupuncture (AP) and herbal medicine, which are derived from much older, holistic disciplines.
Integrating therapies from several different major medical systems provides a much broader array of therapeutic options and allows us to utilize the treatment(s) that will be most effective. Treatment is tailored to fit the specific circumstances of each individual and to capitalize on the enhanced effects produced when treatment methods are combined.
Conditions That Can Be Treated
Digestive Disorders & Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Skin and Ears
Senior Pet Care
Meet our Holistic and Integrative Medicine Specialist
Dr. Betsy Krueger graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in May 2001 and has been in private practice ever since. During 2004 she completed the Intensive Veterinary Acupuncture training course at Tufts. In 2006 she received training in Advanced Chinese Herbal Medicine, also at Tufts. She is currently licensed in MA and NH, and practices in the Metrowest Boston and Walpole/Foxboro areas. She also consults on cases with doctors in other geographic locations.