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The term refers to the philosophy behind the choice of treatment, not the treatment itself. This philosophy considers the entire (whole) patient and their lifestyle. In humans, this would include mental, emotional, and physical parameters. With pets, we do the best we can to evaluate the whole patient without the benefit of verbal communications from the patient. Many people believe that "holistic" refers to the use of medications from natural sources vs. from drug companies. Holistic practice can use synthetic drugs, surgery, herbs, etc. Our goal is to help the patient to heal and actually reach better health and comfort than what they were experiencing when first presented.
Not to be confused with Homeopathic medicines, most of our modem drugs, even aspirin and heart drugs, were originally derived from herbs. Plant materials can provide powerful, useful medicines and even poisons. Don’t think you’re not using a drug if you use an herb. Depending on the source, you could be using a very strong, although natural, drug. Herbs can work more gently than their synthetic counterparts. They contain more ingredients than synthetics or isolated chemicals and it is thought that this God provided balance can decrease or eliminate ill effects (aka "side" effects) and even act synergistically to help the patient. They’re usually less costly and gentler to the body; some act more as a nutritional support to aid the immune system in healing. Herbal philosophies include: Ayurvedic, Traditional Chinese medicine, and Western herbs.
Helping pets and their human companions to gain the most time possible to enjoy the longest and most pleasant lifetime together.
In short, is Marijuna good for pets? NO. But is CBD oil beneficial to pets? YES! Very much so. Give us a call to see if CBD could help your pets needs.
Hello! My name is Dianne, I'm the Practice Manager here at the Pet Wellness Center. I'm also a Florida Certified Veterinary Technician. I was Lead Instructor at Heritage Institute, Fort Myers, in the Veterinary Technician program for 4 years until the college closed. I love teaching, I love animals, and I love medicine! I began working in my first vet clinic as an assistant 30 years ago and I've remained in the medical and/or veterinary industry ever since. Once I found Doc Iris, I knew I had finally come home. It is incredibly fulfilling to work with such an amazing woman and veterinarian that shares my passion for holistic medicine and truly gets to know and love each and every one of her patients!
Hello! My name is Chrissy and I am Doc Iris' Assistant! I am currently one semester away from having my Bachelors in Business. Along side of my business degree, I am taking online classes to become a certified Vet Technician. I have four years of Management/Customer Service experience under my belt and I'm coming up on one year of experience in the veterinary industry. I have known since a kid that I wanted to work with animals and I couldn't be happier to be fulfilling that dream! I love working in a place that combines my love for animals and interests in alternative medicine. I look forward to helping your pet live a long and healthy life!
Hello, I received my Veterinary degree from Cornell University in 1985. Following years of operating my own hospital in upstate New York, I fell in love with Southwest Florida and moved here in 1998, after turning my practice over to two other holistic vets. I am licensed in Florida, and a member of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, the Academy for Veterinary Homeopathy, and the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association.