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Holistic Health Consultations

Holistic Health Consultations

Whether your pet is sick or in pain, or whether you simply want to know how to keep your pet as healthy and happy as possible, a consultation is generally the first step, as it allows us to get to know you and your pet and make the most helpful and educated recommendations possible.

How does a holistic health consultation work?

Jennifer kisses dogOur first priority is to help you enhance your pet’s wellness using a whole-body approach. This means that your first appointment will likely take longer than you are used to. Your pet’s exam is not limited to the current problem, but also includes consideration of many “big picture” aspects of your pet’s overall health and happiness. Here’s what you can expect when you schedule a consult with Dr. Pearson:

  1. History. In order to fully understand both your pet’s level of wellness as well as your goals and wishes, your first visit will include an in-depth conversation to allow us to fully understand your pet’s current health status. We will also ask you to bring (or have faxed) your pet’s previous medical records and test results so that they can be reviewed, ideally before the time of the appointment.
  2. A full exam. Your pet will receive a thorough, yet gentle, head-to-tail exam. Minimizing your pet’s fear and maximizing comfort are top priorities here.
  3. Education and discussion. Your pet’s level of wellness (and obstacles to wellness) will be discussed in detail, including any testing or treatment options that exist. After exploring both your options and your wishes, we will work as a team to come up with a treatment approach. Treatment options will be integrative: both conventional and complementary options will likely be discussed, and the final plan will be individualized, incorporating whatever combination of approaches seems most appropriate and effective in your pet’s case.
  4. Treatment and follow-up. Regardless of the approach(es) used, holistic treatment plans generally involve multiple layers and/or stages. If this is the case for your pet, we will make specific follow-up recommendations so that we can help to assess your pet’s response and tailor continuing treatment.