Visiting Holistic Veterinary Care of NJ
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Visiting Holistic Veterinary Care of NJ features convenient home visits to minimize stress on you and your pets. Together we will create a holistic or integrative plan to address your pet’s health concerns.
For an initial consult, your pet receives a complete exam and acupuncture if indicated. We review the medical history, medications, supplements, diet, and behavior.
If your pet is on conventional medications, it is best to continue them. Some pets will be able to decrease or discontinue the meds eventually. Some medications require monitoring during treatment as in diabetes to prevent low blood sugar. Most holistic therapies are compatible with conventional meds. One exception is Prolotherapy where NSAIDS and steroids interfere. Holistic therapies often take longer to work but they repair damage rather than suppress the disease. Often the disease process is so advanced that treatment is chronic. Some pets will benefit from a combination of holistic therapies and conventional meds to maximize their comfort.
There are many choices available to customize treatment to each pet's individual needs. The owner's resources are considered as well. Most pets use some combination of therapies including some dietary changes. This approach is designed to improve health, prevent further disease, and promote good health so you have the benefit of your pet’s companionship for as long as possible.
Dr.Wendy Rodrigues spent her early childhood in Japan and Hong Kong and then moved home to West Orange, NJ. She attended the University of Pennsylvania for her undergraduate degree in Biology. She received her veterinary degree from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 1992.
Dr. Rodrigues became frustrated with a lack of safe and effective treatment options for chronic conditions in people and pets. A personal, positive response to acupuncture and essential oils convinced her she needed to offer this approach to animals.
In 2001, Tufts offered a veterinary acupuncture course. After completing the coursework, she was certified through IVAS (International Veterinary Acupuncture Society) in 2003. This class started her on a journey to learn veterinary holistic therapies. She spent 3 years working at a holistic clinic in Yardley, PA. She studied Chinese herbs at the Chi Institute in Reddick, FL. Also, during this time, she expanded her use of Young Living Essential Oils on herself and animals and continues to learn and experiment.
She currently lives in Warren, NJ with her husband and 4 cats. She loves kayaking on the D&R canal, cross-country skiing locally, and is a passionate knitter.