Holistic Pet Care in Cincinnati
Holistic veterinary care from a well-decorated holistic veterinarian right here in Cincinnati, OH.
Holistic Veterinarian Dr. Gwendolyn Steffen, DVM
Pets want and need holistic care too!
Dr. Steffen is well-respected by fellow veterinarians and those in-the-know know her for her exceptional holistic veterinary knowledge and skills.
In fact, Dr. Steffen is the only veterinarian in the United States certified in Chiro + Kinesiology.
She is a level II Reiki therapist trained in dōTERRA and Young Living essential oils, Standard Process, Thorne Research, and Vet Classics along with other nutraceutical product lines.
Dr. Steffen has logged well over 100 hours of continuing education in cannabinoid therapy and nutritional diets for companion animals suffering from cancer.
Intro To Alternative Pet Care
Every pet is different, just like every human is.
Dr. Steffen uses a variety of treatment modalities to create the most comprehensive wellness plan for each dog or cat.
The goal of holistic treatment is to help every pet be as healthy as they can be while having the greatest compassion towards their life.
When holistic care is combined with the latest information available in the traditional veterinary realm, it truly does offer the best preventative and curative solutions.
Dr. Steffen is proud to offer the following holistic treatments for your dog or cat:
- Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine Techniques
- Massage & Chiropractic Care
- Therapy Laser Healing
- Nutritional & Supplemental
Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM)
TCVM is an extension of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which has been used to heal people for ages.
It is based on the Chinese Daoist philosophy that the body, which is a microcosm of the universe, is ruled by laws and forces that also govern the external world. Just as life-energy or “Qi” is an innate force of the universe, it too is a fundamental force of the body, driving its every action and transformation.
Yin-Yang theory, which is central to Daoist philosophy, also features prominently in Chinese Medicine in general.
TCVM Has Four Branches
Once a particular type of disharmony or disease pattern is identified, treatment proceeds through a combination of treatment modalities.
The 4 branches of TCVM are:
- Herbal Medicine
- Food Therapy
Acupuncture For Dogs and Cats
Acupuncture is one of the safest forms of treatment therapy for pets when it is performed properly by a well-trained veterinarian.
In dogs and cats, the placement of the acupuncture needles is virtually painless. Most become very relaxed and sleepy. As in humans, acupuncture treatment on pets may cause some uncomfortable sensations such as numbness, cramps, or tingles. The minor possible downsides do not outweigh all of the positives acupuncture can provide your cat or dog in our opinion.
Herbal Medicine in Veterinary Care
Herbal medicine utilizes natural ingredients listed within the Chinese Herbal Materia Medica. Particular combinations are used to treat particular disease patterns.
When on an herbal treatment plan, herbs are used to correct imbalance stemming a disease pattern and to promote your pet’s ability to heal itself. Herbal formulas are given orally and are often in pill or capsule form for cats and dogs. Most of the time the herb, no matter which form it is in, can be mixed with your pet’s food for easy consumption.
Food Therapy For Animals
Food therapy is the art of customizing diet plans to treat individual pets and prevent imbalance within the body.
Many factors go into determining the right food therapy meal plan for your cat or dog including unique inborn tendencies, age, species, geographical location, personality, and any current disharmony or disease process.
When food therapy is done right, there are no side effects and can be used for the entirety of your pet’s life.
Food therapy recipes can fall into 1 of the following 3 categories.
Health Promotion and Prevention – to improve health on a regular basis and to prevent seasonal- and climate-related problems.
Disease Treatment – to directly treat clinical conditions, including skin problems, autoimmune diseases, and immunodeficiency.
Adjunct Therapy – to complement primary treatments (acupuncture, herbs, or Western Medicine) of diseases such as otitis, urinary crystals and stones, UTI, IBD, CHF, cancer, renal failure, and liver failure.
- Health Promotion/Illness Prevention – The general overall health of your pet.
- Active Treatment – As treatment for skin, autoimmune disease and immunodeficiency.
- Complimentary Therapy – For pet’s with an illness such as cancer needing all treatment available.
Tui-na For Pets
Tui-na is a form of Chinese medical massage. In which different manipulations are applied to acupoints and Meridians to promote the circulation of Qi and correct imbalances within the organ systems. It is safe and effective.
Shop For Holistic Pet Products
If you are into holistic care for your dog or cat, we are willing to be you want to make sure your pet is getting the best of the best when it comes to pet products. Dr. Steffen is happy to consult with you before you make a purchase to ensure you are getting exactly what you think you are!
- Having your female cat or dog spayed reduces their risk of developing breast tumors, which are malignant or cancerous in 50% of dogs and 90% of cats.
- Neutering your male cat prevents unwanted behavior such as urine marking, roaming, fighting, and aggression.
- Pets are much safer when they're at home. Spaying or neutering helps prevent roaming behavior, making it far more likely your pets will stick close to home and be easier to locate in the unfortunate event they're lost.
- Kittens as young as 8 weeks old can be safely neutered or spayed, completely preventing your female cat from ever going into heat or your male cat from urine spraying.
- Having your pet spayed or neutered is much more cost effective than taking care of an unexpected litter of kittens.
- The number of both cats and dogs euthanized each year has been decreasing in part to spay and neuter campaigns. We'd love to see this continue!
- Your pets will be as sleek as ever! The idea that having your pet spayed or neutered will make them overweight is a myth.
Caring For Cats and Dogs in Greater Cincinnati!
Mo: 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tu: 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
We: 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Th: 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Fr: 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Sa: 8:00 AM - Noon
Companion Animal Medical Centre
Your Local Veterinarian In Cincinnati, OH
922 State Route 28, Unit C
Milford, OH 45150