March 2007 >
A whimper or faint meow can mean a trip to
the veterinarian's office, and there's a growing trend in animal health
care that has pet owners turning to holistic veterinarians.
Penny the Dachshund has a ruptured disk and is having a tough time
walking. Penny is getting relief from acupuncture.
"When you put in acupuncture needles you want to do it in front of and
behind the bad disks," Dr. Marcie Fallek from the Animal Natural Healing
"I've had acupuncture myself so its a wonderful treatment," Marianne
Hickey, Penny's Owner said. "It's better than having a massage to me, so
I figured why not for the
Dr. Fallek is a holistic veterinarian in Fairfield. "My practice is
exclusively natural, which means I don't use any conventional drugs. I
don't do surgery, I work with herbs, homeopathy and acupuncture."
Rajah, a 14 year old Husky/Shephard mix, started coming to Dr. Fallek
after exhausting conventional treatments.
"She was so thin she couldn't stand up," owner Donatella Nichols said.
Now Rajah is walking with tail wagging.
"It did take awhile," Nichols said. "Each remedy worked but it was short
term. She finally found a remedy that was long term."
"It's rare for me not to be able to help anybody," Dr. Fallek said. "It
happens, but usually
even in the most grave situations, such as advance cancer, I can buy
them some quality of life and some more quantity of time."
In Meriden, Andromeda, a short haired feline, has thyroid issues.
"You can use Homeopathy which doesn't have all the side effects as
in other medications," Andromeda's Owner Theresa Needels said, which is
one reason why they come to see holistic vet Dr. Stephen Tobin.
"We take the symptoms that the patient is showing and we look for a
remedy that matches those symptoms," Dr. Tobin said.
Bob is another short haired cat with feline Aids.
"His appetite isn't quite as it used to be and we have our good and bad
days," Bob's owner Margaret Doyer said.
"I get a lot of good answers from Dr. Tobin and if he can't answer me
right away he's good at follow up," she said.
"My tendency is to try to find a natural means if we can, but you have
to be practical about things as well, you have to do what's best for the
animal," Dr. Tobin said.
'Natural means' such as extracts. "The black walnut is useful for
expelling ticks," Dr. Tobin said.
They are unconventional options that have owners and pets singing their
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Source: WTNH News Channel 8's Jocelyn Maminta, in Fairfield CT