What is holistic Medicine?
Holistic Medicine is not a specific form of therapy, instead it is a way of viewing a patient.
The animal?s entire set of problems and symptoms are included into the diagnostic plan, instead of treating different systems, as if each were a unique disease.
Integrating holistic medicine with conventional medicine allows Dr. Flatley a wider set of diagnostic and therapeutic tools that work in combination to compliment and strengthen the overall medical outcome.
What are the Herbal Formulas
They are powdered extract from a carefully chosen complex grouping of plants that act together to help the body. They contain only plant extracts, that are all natural and can be a very strong and effective medicine against a wide variety of diseases. They can be used alone, or in combination with western medicines to increase the therapeutic effects of treatment, and allow a lower and safer dose of medicine to be effective.
Dr. Flatley has been practicing conventional veterinary medicine for 25 years. She is not moving away from Western medicine, just expanding her options for care of her patients. If Eastern Medicine is not your cup of tea, that is perfectly OK!
How do I give
Herbal medicines come in several forms. Powders can be mixed directly into canned food, mixed with liquid (water, broth) and given by syringe, or put into capsules and given orally.
Or you can mix with cheese, yogurt, ice cream, tuna?what ever your cat will eat readily!
Most cats will take the herbal medication in food if you start with a very small amount and gradually work up to the recommended dose.
Dr. Flatley is going back to school to study Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine (in her free time?)
This internationally recognized Certification course is offered in partnership with IVAS (International Veterinary Acupuncture Society). It consists of 30 units totaling 500 hours, successful completion of which provides the qualification Certification in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine (CVCHM).
The course was developed by the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies and the main teacher is Dr Steve Marsden, recognized as one of the world's leading experts in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine.
Dr. Flatley recommends that ALL cats are fed canned food daily.
Your goal is to find several canned foods from several companies, that you and your cat are happy with and rotate these. This will increase your cats interest at meal time, and decrease any risk related to a pet food recall.
Dr. Flatley recommends reading the labels closely. The first 2 or 3 ingredients should be MEAT based proteins. No-grain foods are better because the protein level is higher, which is what your cat needs to remain healthy. Please see the list below for examples of best qualities of canned foods:
*BEST quality CANNED food:
Instinct, Solid Gold, Natural Balance, Evo, Felidae, ProPlan, Avoderm, Wellness Core, Royal Canin, along with others.