Web Chat: Holistic Vets

On
Friday, NEWS10 viewers spoke with Dr. Pamela Scerba and Steve Caporizzo about holistic
veterinary treatments.

See the questions and Dr. Scerba's
answers below:

 


 

Q: My 71/2 yr old sheltie was
diagnosed yesterday with: transitional cell carsinoma appears to be in
trigone…can you help us?

A: Hi Barb, I have treated several
dogs with bladder cancer including my own dog with great results. Feel free to
call the office to make a consultation.

Q: I have concerns about the potency
of the supplements. How can I feel safe that each pill/suspension will be the
same with each dose?

A: It is important to use
supplements under the guidance of your veterinarian. Look for supplements that
have the NASC seal on them. Also supplements with GMP on have good quality
control

Q: I have a golden retriever who has
severe allergies; he is constantly itching day and night. My vet has him on
ceterizine OTC meds and they help somewhat but I am concerned about this type
of treatment. Any suggestions?

A: Yes, I treat many animals with
allergies. In many cases we are able to get them off pred and other
immunosupressant medications.

Q: How much more expensive it is to
treat holistically instead of standard medicine?

A: In general Debbie holistic
medication is a cost effective way to treat animals. Once the animal is in
balance then the cost is fairly low. At our office the cost of the acupuncture
or spinal adjustment is included in the cost of the office visit once you are
an established patient.

Q: Where is the Holistic Vet Center
located?

A: The Holistic Veterinary Center,
pllc is 1404 rte 9 Clifton Park, NY 12065

Q: What is the difference between
Chinese herbal medicine and general holistic medicine, are they used the same
way?

A: Chinese herbal formulas are just one way of
treating animals holistically. Holistic medicine in general is treating animals
as individuals and can include acupuncture, spinal adjustments, nutrition, and
exercise.

Q: One of my cats is 15 yrs old-she
has arthritis in her back end-she is uncomfortable-and also has runny nose-the
antibiotics have worked-but once she is off- a month later she gets it again-
(might be dental) I cannot afford expensive vet care-given her age, is there
any herbal treatment I can give her to make her more comfortable?

A: Cats respond very well to
acupuncture. I generally start with that and nutritional supplements which are
easy for clients to give. If your cat is easy to give medications to then
herbal supplements can help. I generally work on the cat's immune system so
they fight off recurrent infections.

Q: How much would the initial
consultation be to see if you can help him?

A: The initial consultation last one
to one and quarter hours and the fee is 150 dollars. If you wanted and
acupuncture treatment or spinal adjustment it is an additional 75. Follow ups
are 75 and include a treatment and the office visit. This is why holistic
medicine can be affordable as most of the fee is the treatment.

Q: One of my cats is 15 yrs old-she
has arthritis in her back end-she is uncomfortable-and also has runny nose-the
antibiotics have worked-but once she is off- a month later she gets it again-
(might be dental) I cannot afford expensive vet care-given her age, is there
any herbal treatment I can give her to make her more comfortable?

A: Cats respond very well to
acupuncture. I generally start with that and nutritional supplements which are
easy for clients to give. If your cat is easy to give medications to then
herbal supplements can help. I generally work on the cat's immune system so
they fight off recurrent infections.

Q: How much would the initial
consultation be to see if you can help him?

A: The initial consultation last one
to one and quarter hours and the fee is 150 dollars. If you wanted and
acupuncture treatment or spinal adjustment it is an additional 75. Follow ups
are 75 and include a treatment and the office visit. This is why holistic
medicine can be affordable as most of the fee is the treatment.

Q: My overweight kitty keeps
developing upper respiratory infections. He has at least two a year and is 10
years old. Can this be treated with holistically?

A: Yes, he can. I have had great
results with helping these cats lose weight and help with their immune systems
to fight off recurrent infections.

Q: Can you treat sore muscles /
strains holistically? This same dog is also hypothyroid and being treated for
that for last several years

A: Muscle strains and hypothyroidism
is the same pattern in Chinese medicine. I have treated both of these
conditions holistically. Vitamins can really help as well as acupuncture,
adjustments and even the laser. We have a linear light laser. I will be doing a
laser demonstration in Malta tomorrow at 12, 1 and 2 at the Allerdice pet
adoption fair.

Q: I am the pet parent of a 6 yr.
old Papillon who recently had her 6th surgery for kidney/bladder problems.
These surgeries have made her very anxious & afraid to be touched in the
area around her belly. She won't let anyone lift her up without yelping loudly.
Could these surgeries have caused this anxiety in her? Is there a holistic
approach to treating anxiety in my otherwise very lovable pet?

A: Poor thing. Yes i treat dogs and
cats with anxiety. It can take some time but it will certainly help with their
quality of life.

Q: Our vet thinks that our 10 year
old lab has a torn ligament in her knee – we haven't had x-rays yet – he
indicated that if it is the case, that surgery is the only way to fix it – just
wondering if that's the case – if there is another alternative. thank you.

A: I have treated dogs holistically
with torn ligaments. She may or may not need surgery. Most dogs respond to acupuncture,
herbs and the laser. It still may take 3-6 months to heal depending on if it is
a complete tear. 80% of dogs need surgery on the other knee within 2 years so
we have been successful in preventing the other knee from needing surgery. If
she does need surgery, then they tend to recover faster and do better if they
have been getting holistic care

Q: Our 3 1/2 year old female german
shepard mix has a history of seizures that we believe is anxiety related , she
is on multiple meds for it, has not had a seizure since being phenobarbital,
any other treatments other than medications?

A: Yes, I have treated dogs like
enzo in the story Steve did that respond to the laser and spinal adjustments.
Herbal medicine and diet change is also usually necessary.

Q: Can cats have thyroid problems?

A: Yes cats can have thyroid
problems usually it is hyperthyroidism and they respond great to acupuncture
and supplements and diet change.

Q: How long does it usually take to
treat anxiety?

A: We will generally start to see improvement
within 5 treatments

Q: How does one have a panel
“sent” to Cornell or otherwise. What should we be looking for? This
dog has been hypothyroid for years but well managed on medication

A: Ask your regular veterinarian to
do a complete panal and send it to the lab you would like. Most western vets
will be able to send them easily to Cornell or Michigan.

Q: Is there any holistic treatment
for cats with allergies and asthma that won't take medication by mouth?

A: Cats with allergies respond very
well to both acupuncture, homeopathic remedies and the laser.

Q: What would be a good tsh level
for a cat and at level would you start treating? My daughters cat use to be a
plump girl. Then one weekend she went into a very feverish state, after two
different antibiotics she was okay, but now she is thin and always hungry.

A: It depends. I generally look at the T4 level.
Anything over 4 can indicate a need to treat. We treat them with acupuncture
and nutritional supplements and herbs.

Q: Where can I get herbs for my cat
and what kind?

A: While herbs are very safe you do
want to only give herbs that have been prescribed for your cats pattern. We
carry the herbs we recommend so you don't have to worry about the quality or if
they are appropriate for your cat. As your cat's pattern changes so do the
herbs to treat it. Western medicine generally treats all the animals the same
way. We do not. Two animals with the same condition can be treated differently
with holistic medicine if their patterns are different.

Q: I have a 14 year old male cat
with mild cardiomyopathy (controlled well with medicine), mild kidney disease,
chronic constipation, and was recently diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel
Disease (he also suffers anxiety when this flares up causing him to lick away
his fur). He has suffered from a lack of appetite for the past 4 months which
has resulted in weight loss (14 to 11 pounds). Do you believe he might benefit
from a holistic treatment? What types do you think might be appropriate? He is
currently a patient at Burnt Hills Vet and I know Dr Elson provides some
services but I'm not sure to what extent.

A: I treat a lot of cats with these
issues. I use acupuncture, nutrition and herbal supplements. With constipation
our Erconia laser works great. Go to our website for more information. It
should be posted within the week about the laser or go to vomtech.com
for information on the laser. Adjustments also help with constipation and blood
flow to the internal organs so they function better.

Q: What do you recommend for ticks
and fleas. I don't like to use Frontline or any of those types of controls. Our
vet says that even tho our dogs are vaccinated against lyme disease, ticks are
so prevalent that the vaccination may not work – I have pulled ticks off both
of them already this year. Thank you again.

A: This is a big year for both fleas and ticks.
We do only recommend and carry Frontline topspot – it only has one chemical in
it and Frontline plus if the animals have a flea infestion. The topspot is the
safest one to use as far as the chemical go . We also carry essential oil flea
and tick wipes. You should also check your pet daily for any ticks or fleas.

 


 

Thank you to everyone who joined the
web chat! Please feel free to visit Dr. Scerba's website at holisticpetcaretoday.com
or email her at drscerba@holisticpetcaretoday.com

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