Integrative veterinary medicine
Integrative veterinary medicine
Our clinic is now practicing integrative medicine, meaning a global approach to animal health. Dr. Potrawiak offers this to pet owners who are interested in a different style of medicine. It combines traditional healthcare (medicine and surgery) and its scientific principles with acupuncture, osteopathy and therapeutic laser treatments. This new approach offers an alternative option for veterinary care in Montreal’s Plateau-Mont-Royal area.
When is integrative veterinary medicine appropriate?
Are you looking for a natural way to treat your pet’s pain, inflammation, arthritis and allergies? By practicing alternative medicine, we offer the opportunity to combine unconventional and traditional (drugs and surgery) therapies. Our medical department is integrative, meaning it combines traditional and alternative medical treatments, fully adapted to the pet owner’s wishes.
Our first step to treatment is to compile a detailed medical history about your animal. This allows us to identify if the integrative approach is appropriate. A full report is often necessary before proceeding, giving our team the best possible understanding of your pet’s health over the years. A physical exam is next, as is an assessment of overall current health (nutrition, emotional stress, blood work, etc.). This first consultation lasts about 1 hour. We are then in a better position to decide the best approach and can discuss the different treatment options that are available. If you want your pet to receive acupuncture therapy from the very start, the first consultation will last one hour. It will include a full traditional medical exam and a Chinese medicine approach, as well as the acupuncture itself (electro acupuncture and/or moxa, as needed).
Here are some examples of health problems that we address with acupuncture and herbs: arthritic pain with elderly dogs or cats, neurological paralysis or weakness (herniated discs, elbows or hip dysplasia), as well as thyroid gland, liver, gastrointestinal (diabetes, pancreatitis) and kidney problems, skin problems (allergies and other issues), seasonal allergies and reproductive problems. For more information, read the section about Acupuncture.
In addition to handling internal medicine and surgery, Dr. Anne-Marie Potrawiak is also very interested in alternative and holistic pet health care. She incorporates elements of homeopathy, herbal medicine and Chinese medicine (acupuncture, electro acupuncture and Chinese herbs) to treat all kinds of animals. Dr. Potrawiak completed post-doctoral studies in veterinary acupuncture. In 2013, she earned international level certification from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) and is a member of the Association of Veterinary Acupuncturists of Canada (AVAC). She is also a member of the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies (CIVT). In 2015, she started studying to become a veterinary osteopath.
The International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) : www.ivas.org/
The College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies (CIVT) : http://www.civtedu.org/
Chi Institute - Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) : https://www.tcvm.com/
Regenerative pet medicine using stem cells: : (VET-STEM)
For more information, please contact us at 514 521 1678