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Healing the whole animal Holistic pet care is an emerging trend in the pet health arena. “I recognized the need to look at things from the ‘whole’ perspective of the animal early on,” said Jean Dodds, a pioneer in the field of holistic veterinary medicine and founder of Hemopet, the largest animal blood bank in the country, headquartered in Garden Grove, Calif. “Now we can discuss holistic care...

Healing the Whole Animal

By Kim Nagy for WebVet

Holistic pet care is an emerging trend in the pet health arena. “I recognized the need to look at things from the ‘whole’ perspective of the animal early on,” said Jean Dodds, a pioneer in the field of holistic veterinary medicine and founder of Hemopet, the largest animal blood bank in the country, headquartered in Garden Grove, Calif.

“Now we can discuss holistic care openly. But back then, people used to scream at me and walk out when I lectured on the subject,” laughs Dodds.

As acupuncture and nutritional guidance are increasingly referred to in many veterinarians’ offices, it seems clear that things have changed since 1959, when Dodds became one of the first women to attend The Ontario Veterinary College.

Paving the way

Dodds is a woman accustomed to charting her own course.

The same veterinarian who launched the first non-profit blood bank for dogs is now opening a groundbreaking facility in holistic veterinary health and recovery, called the Restore Health Center. The multimillion dollar center (serving as the new headquarters for Hemopet) will offer alternative, transitional or emergency care for six to eight weeks for dogs and cats that are in the process of healing, but not yet ready to go home.

The fact is that most veterinarians lack space for animals who are recovering from surgery or an accident. So, if your dog breaks his leg and you work full time, your options for care are e...

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Dog: 80%
Cat: 25%
Bird: 5%
Small pet (e.g. rabbit, hamster, ferret): 15%
Exotic pet (snake, lizard): 10%
Fish: 10%
Horse: 5%
Pig: 0%
Other farm animal: 5%
Other: 0%
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Health-related symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea, limping, etc.): 65%
In-depth information about your pet's health (allergies, ticks and fleas, nutrition, etc.): 50%
Cute pet pictures or funny videos: 40%
Pets in the News (hero stories, photo contests, etc.): 25%
Breed information or place to adopt a pet: 15%
Finding a vet for your pet: 20%
Alerts (pet food recalls, seasonal alerts, etc.): 30%
Other: 10%
How important is it that the medical/health-related content you find is veterinarian-approved?
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Not that important: 5%
Neutral: 10%
Important: 40%
Very important: 45%
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