Heidi Hill is the owner and operator of The Holistic Hound, a natural pet store located in Berkeley, California. Heidi graduated with a bachelors of business administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
Why do you use an integrative approach?
Using different treatment or healing modalities affords the best opportunity for treatment and/or cure. Generally no one approach addresses all aspects of dis-ease: mental, emotional, physical, spiritual.
What alternative modalities do you use with your patients or clients?
I own a holistic pet store and am also a homeopath. I offer and recommend advice and consult on nutrition, herbs, homeopathy, flower essences etc. I also recommend integrative veterinarians to ensure the have the most comprehensive care.
Tell us about your most memorable patient or client and their case?
Oh gosh, there are so many.
- Many dozens of clients with GI and skin issues that have resolved by just changing to a more “species appropriate” diet.
- Several clients/customers who have resolved seizures using alternative therapies when the standard medications didn't work or could not be tolerated.
- Stabilized and enhanced the health and longevity of many many cats with CRF with proper nutrition, glandular support, enzymes & flower essences
- Successfully treated many many cases of mange, Parvo, urinary tract infections, IBD, musculoskeletal issues/injuries, etc. by using a combination of supplements and diet changes, along with medications when appropriate and recommend and prescribed by their veterinarian.
What's a common question, concern or misconception you hear about the integrative approach, and how do you address it?
I have a very educated and knowledgeable client/customer base but do occasionally come across folks who assume that because you are "holistic" you are "anti" traditional or conventional medicine. I am quick to point out that there is no silver bullet for most ailments and that a blended approach offers the best of both. For instance, I don't sell toxic flea treatments but do recommend them when appropriate as it may be best if the animal is infested and suffering. Or if an animal has a bad infection it might be appropriate to use antibiotics, etc. I then recommend adjunctive therapies to help support the body and mitigate possible side effects of the meds. Overuse of medications and vaccines can be harmful, but they are not inherently bad.
In order to help educate more people about an integrative approach, what are some resources or thoughts you'd like to share?