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, energy work, and acupuncture when it would be useful. Most initial consults take at least 90 minutes. We will review the medical history, medications, supplements, diet, and any behavior issues.
If your pet is on conventional medications, we would continue them at least initially. Some pets will be able to decrease or discontinue their medications eventually. Some medications require monitoring during treatment as in diabetes to prevent low blood sugar. Most holistic therapies are compatible with conventional medications. 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 medications 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.
I spent my early childhood in Japan and Hong Kong but West Orange, NJ was always my home. My family returned to New Jersey in 1976. I received a BA in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987 and a veterinary degree from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 1992.
I soon became frustrated with a lack of safe and effective treatment options for chronic conditions in people and pets. At the same time, I was having my own health issues—mainly allergies and sinus problems. A personal, positive response to acupuncture and essential oils convinced me I needed to offer the same approach to animals.
In 2001, I completed a course in veterinary acupuncture at Tufts and earned my certification in veterinary acupuncture through IVAS (International Veterinary Acupuncture Society) in 2003. This started my journey to learn veterinary holistic therapies. I spent 3 years working at a holistic clinic in Yardley, PA. I studied Chinese herbs at the Chi Institute in Reddick, FL, and expanded my use of Young Living Essential Oils on myself and animals. Recently I added IET (Integrated Energy Therapy) to my tool bag.
Over time, my own health continued to decline. In the last few years I discovered that many of my ailments were due to chronic Lyme disease and co-infections. I believe I was misdiagnosed in 1992 when I had a swollen knee. My first holistic diagnosis was candida. When I eventually adopted a modified Paleo diet, it didn’t solve my problems. The worst symptoms I had were cognitive problems, memory, and fatigue. It became difficult to work. There was some intermittent pain, but nothing unusual. I was very lucky to finally get help.
One of my clients, a therapist, had experience dealing with Lyme. She suspected Lyme when I had problems with IV antibiotics for complications from ankle surgery. She thought I was herxing from killing Lyme bacteria. Also, she had met me years before and saw a difference. She knew practitioners who could help and where to get tested, not locally but through Igenex lab. Since my brain was so foggy, it took a while for her to convince me. My lab results from Igenex came back positive for Lyme and Anaplasma. https://iladef.org/education/lyme-disease-faq/ Since diagnosis I have treated my Lyme naturally. One site that has been helpful to me is www.drjaydavidson.com and the Chronic Lyme Summits. I wish I had found it earlier. I’m much improved now, although at high risk for reinfection because I love the outdoors and I live in the country.
I lived in Warren, NJ for 20 years. In 2017 I moved to Readington (Flemington address) with my husband and 4 cats. Now there are 3 as one died of cancer in May 2018. We just added our 1st rescue dog.
We are close to many farms. I love buying organic food locally. My favorite activities are kayaking on the D&R canal, cross-country skiing locally, and walking in the woods. Sadly, I haven’t enjoyed any of these activities in recent years, but I plan to get back to them. I love knitting, especially for charity. My current project is knitting hats and scarves for the Hunterdon County food bank with a knitting group at the county library.
Dr. Wendy Rodrigues has been a wonderful help to my beagle, Grace.
Grace is a rescue beagle who seemed fine when we first got her, but after a few months developed mysterious lesions all over the outside and inside of her body. She was in terrible pain and we tried everything from doctor to doctor and clinic to clinic. She stopped walking and playing and her teeth chattered in pain.
As a last chance effort I found Dr. Wendy Rodrigues and through her both traditional and holistic approaches, we were able to bring Grace back to good health, and it was nothing short of a miracle. Grace got once a month acupuncture treatments and we regulated her diet to test allergies, and day by day our dog got better. Twice Grace was to be put down as she was in so much pain, and today you would not know that anything was wrong with her, and I credit Dr. Wendy Rodrigues with her intuitive treatment of Grace's condition. Grace loves Dr. Wendy and we love that she is available and convenient to us.
Todd E. Mountainside, NJ
My 11 1/2 year old Lhasa Apso was diagnosed with kidney disease 5 1/2 years ago. They weren't sure if it was congenital or from an infection. He seemed to be ok but his kidney values were elevated. We started him on probiotics, an antioxidant juice, and some herbs. A few months later he had a bout of vomiting and diarrhea. We were worried it was his kidneys. His kidney values turned out to be lower than they had been. He recovered and now runs around like a puppy.
Lynn R. Springfield, NJ
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