Welcome to our practice

Riverdale Integrative Veterinary Care brings the best of conventional therapy and holistic treatment to dogs, cats and exotic animals.

We have a unique and practical approach to veterinary care with an emphasis on wellness and preventative care , fear-free veterinary visits, conventional and holistic options, and high-quality nutrition.

What is Holistic medicine?

While Western/Modern medicine likes to operate with the “deal with symptoms” approach, Holistic medicine aims to find the root cause of a problem and remove it while being proactive in taking care of a patient's health. Holistic medicine takes the whole body into account; teaching everyone that the whole body is connected. One organ or internal system affects the others, and a weakness in one area can affect the body in others.

Holistic medicine also adopts the ideology to take in all forms of medicinal care to treat a patient. Holistic practitioners are open to all forms of medicine: Western, Modern, Eastern, and Alternative because limiting oneself on valuable information and options only hurts the patient.

Holistic medicine takes several factors into account when addressing a patient: physical health, mental health, environmental factors, dietary needs, and species / breed specifications. Each factor can contribute to adverse health effects if not managed properly. Holistic medicine seeks to proactively help pets by balancing all of these so your pet can live their best life.  

Benefits of Acupuncture

Acupuncture therapy can be effective with many medical conditions including:

Musculoskeletal problems: arthritis, muscle soreness, back problems and degenerative joint disease

Gastrointestinal disorders:
diarrhea, vomiting and constipation

Neurological disorders:
seizures and weakness of limbs

Chronic conditions:
asthma, kidney disease, liver disease, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, skin disease, allergies and heart disease

Cancers and immune-mediated diseases:
Benefits include improvement in the immune system, decreased symptoms of cancer (loss of appetite, pain, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness), alleviation of side effects of chemotherapy, and primary therapy for the cancer itself.

Following surgery:
Surgery is considered an “acute trauma” and acupuncture is wonderful at treating associated pain and inflammation.