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Information for New and Prospective Clients

Welcome to the Coastal Holistic New Client Guide, a comprehensive resource containing valuable information for our new and prospective clients. In this guide, you will discover why a holistic approach to veterinary medicine provides so much more benefit than conventional Western veterinary medicine alone. You will also find out what to expect at your first visit to our practice, how to get your new puppy started right with one of our new puppy consultations, answers to many of our frequently asked questions (FAQs), and what our clients are saying about us.


Why Holistic?An image of two of our canine patients and their Mom

One of the greatest benefits of the holistic approach to veterinary medicine is that your pet will receive a unique, individualized treatment and care plan that's tailored to his or her particular health needs.

In traditional Western veterinary care, the focus is often placed solely on the pet's symptoms or illnesses, with the practitioner following the commonly accepted treatment plan for addressing those issues. Traditional treatment methods may include the use of prescription medications and invasive diagnostic and surgical procedures, both of which have their drawbacks. Many prescription medications have harmful side effects and may only treat your pet's symptoms, rather than addressing and healing the underlying cause of those symptoms. Diagnostic and surgical procedures can be invasive and stressful for your pet, not to mention expensive.

At Coastal Holistic, our licensed DVMs (Doctors of Veterinary Medicine) combine the most modern, non-invasive veterinary techniques with a balanced, personalized, whole-body treatment plan. This treatment plan may include acupuncture, chiropractic therapy, natural herbs, nutritional counseling, or other therapies, and in general the focus will be on healing and preventing illness, enhancing your pet's overall health, and improving his or her quality of life.

Picture of a dog receiving a relaxing acupuncture treatment
If your pet requires diagnostic or surgical procedures, our skilled practitioners have many tools in their toolboxes that allow them to perform these procedures in a gentle, non-invasive way, thus minimizing stress on your pet as well as improving the speed of recovery.

Have you ever seen pets shake, cry, or otherwise behave strangely when visiting a regular veterinarians's office? In our experience, our canine patients typically greet us with tails wagging and our feline patients come in purring. In addition, our patients tend to find treatments soothing and relaxing; for example, patients receiving acupuncture treatments sometimes fall asleep during treatment. It's no wonder our patients (and their owners) look forward to their appointments with us!


What Conditions Can Holistic Medicine Be Used to Treat?

Holistic medicine can address most conditions, including:
  • Chronic pain
  • Lameness, arthritis, hip dysplasia, and trouble getting up and down
  • Muscle spasms and nerve problems
  • Injuries from slips, falls, and accidents
  • Cancer
  • Kidney and liver disorders
  • Gastro-intestinal issues, such as irritable bowel disease and food allergies
  • Nasal allergies and asthma
  • Skin conditions
  • Anxiety, stress, and behavioral issues
  • Recovery from surgical procedures
Coastal Holistic doctors have a unique skill set that allows them to address and treat almost any common health problem. In addition, once your pet has achieved a state of good health, we will provide you with the education and tools you'll need to maintain that balance and help your pet live a long and happy life.