Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Treating the Whole Cat Veterinarians Going Holistic Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Herbs Used on Pets

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Treating the Whole Cat Veterinarians Going Holistic Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Herbs Used on Pets

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* One veterinarian says she practices " 'anything-that-works' medicine, looking for all sorts of healing methods."

BUNNY THE CAT gets much of the credit for inspiring Dr. Christine Crosley to introduce holistic health care into her veterinary practice.

Bunny, who died last year at 17, was treated with a homeopathic remedy that her owners say extended the marmalade cat's life by as much as a year. Bunny's owners, Jean Lopez and Heather Needleman of Dogtown, said their chiropractor had recommended the treatment for Bunny, but Crosley, their veterinarian, was sufficiently impressed with the cat's experience that s he began to integrate holistic methods into her traditional veterinary practice. Today, Crosley is certified in veterinary homeopathy, and she is a member of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, a 15-year-old organization with more than 600 members. Among them is one other local veterinarian, Dr. Robert Schaeffer Jr., who is certified in veterinary acupuncture and chiropractic. "More and more people are looking for benign, natural systems of therapy for their sick pets," said Crosley, whose office is at the Riegel Animal Hospital, 2615 Big Bend Boulevard in Webster Groves. "I now practice `anything-that-works' medicine, looking for all sorts of healing methods that will allow me to tweak the vital force in an animal to help make way for wellness." Crosley said holistic treatments for animals are much the same as for people. They include acupuncture, Chinese medicine, chiropractic treatments, western herbs, homeopathy and nutritional support in the way of vitamin supplements. She also emphasizes good diet and nutrition for all the pets she sees. Holistic care takes into consideration the entire life of the animal, not just the symptoms of a current illness, Crosley said. For instance, if she sees 10 cats with urinary tract infections, she might prescribe 10 different treatments, rather than treating all cats the same. …

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