The Beverly Animal Natural Health Center was founded in 1998 to offer holistic care for dogs and cats in a veterinary hospital setting. We are located at 409 Cabot Street in Beverly, MA.
Our approach to treatment plans is holistic. We draw from various methods that are available and select with our clients the one that is the best for the patient not only in the short term but long term as well.
Many alternative treatments such as homeopathy and nutritional supplements take longer to achieve effect but offer better results than traditional medications. Our blend of cutting edge technology and resources combined with compassionate, patient driven care makes our work very rewarding. By promoting client education and participation in the medical process, we are able to nurture the human-animal bond and achieve rewarding outcomes.
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The Whole Pet
News and Tips from Beverly Animal Natural Health Center
Not quite winter but with snow on the ground, it feels like it. The year is wrapping up. How time flies. I wonder if the years pass as fast for our pets as they get older. They seem much more skilled at slowing down to smell the roses and take naps. Guess that’s another lesson to learn from them as we get ready to hustle and bustle for the hectic holiday seasons.
We are happy to report that the new windows went in without a hitch. We had nice warm weather that week so our temporary wall kept us comfortable. The finish work is almost done so a little staining and it will be complete. It will be nice to get all of our space back and add a few new touches. The front façade will be done in the spring.
We have added our new on hold podcast to hopefully educate and inform when you are on hold. Please do let us know what you think of it. The website is going to be “renovated” and updated as well. Any feedback you have would be greatly appreciated.
One of the new sections of the website that we want to add is all about pet dental health. Home dental care is truly one of the simplest, most effective things you can do for your pet to improve everyone’s quality of life. Think about fresh breath for your pet and a pain free mouth. Too often, we just go “yuck, dog/cat breath” without realizing that there is something that can be done about it. Our pets are NOT good advocates for their mouths. We are hoping to educate as many as we can about paste with taste and simply easy techniques to brush teeth. Some of our pets may be more predisposed to periodontal disease then other breeds such as small or toy breeds. Many times owners don’t realize their pet was in pain until after the procedure is done and they see their pet revitalized! There is an amazing dental veterinarian, Dr. Fraser Hale of Canada that has written the book on both client and veterinarian education. We gratefully use his website and here is the link: www.toothvet.ca. Please check it out! Oral health can only continue to improve with awareness and education.
If you are interested in a complete oral health assessment and treatment in your dog or cat, just give us a call at the office.
I recently attended a symposium presented by Purina. Great info about limping dogs, diabetic animals and aging cats. The take home message that I got was all about early intervention and nutrition and supplementation to make a difference. There is so much about nutrition that can make a difference in so many conditions. In the lame dog, Dr. Felix Duerr from Colorado State, talked about how important Omega 3 Fatty acids were in helping with inflammation. In diabetes, Dr. Deb Greco was stressing the role of vitamin B12. For the elderly cat that is losing weight, Dr. David Williams discussed both vitamin B12 and vitamin E as simple supplements that can help.
Here at BANHC and at home on my countertop, I do have my Omega 3 FA, glucosamine and vitamin D that I try to take as regularly as I remember. I really do feel that these supplements enhance my recovery as well as my ability to make it through my to do list. For my patients, I do encourage joint supplementation and fatty acid. I would like to encourage more to get their pets on fatty acids. So many aging changes can be greatly diminished with anti-oxidants. No time like the present to start!
Jenna attended the IVG Symposium in November as well and we have been doing mini seminars from Idexx Learning Center at the office. For clients that are looking to learn more about pet conditions, please check out these informative sites:
- www.veterinarypartner.com great information on all topics
- www.acvs.org for great information for anything surgical
- www.cvsangelcare.com/ is a site for pet cancer information
We are happy to offer referrals to Lauri Sciacca, one of our clients that offers reiki (pronounced RAY-Kee) for our pets. Reiki means 'Universal Life Energy'. This gentle, yet powerful, hands-on healing technique promotes relaxation and calmness within the body. Reiki is natural practice helpful in supporting overall good health by bringing balance to the mind, body, and spirit.
Although Reiki is a spiritual practice, it is not a religion and one does not need to believe in anything in particular to participate. Reiki promotes balance and clarity creating a healing transference. Allowing oneself to be open to peace and harmony allows rejuvenation to be achieved.
In healthy animals, Reiki may simply provide an emotional state of peace and contentment. For ill animals, Reiki is a safe healing method to complement medical treatments and aid with pain relief, medication side effects, fear or anxiety. With dying animals, Reiki is a gentle way to provide comfort and ease to the transition of death.
If you are interested, you may give Lauri a call directly.
In Memory of our beloved pets that have passed: In Memoriam