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Natural Awakenings South Central Pennsylvania

The Best of Both Worlds

Feb 26, 2013 03:45PM ● By Beth Davis

A holistic integrative veterinarian, Dr. Linda T. Stern utilizes the best of both traditional and holistic care in treating her pet patients at Avian and Feline Hospital, in Camp Hill. “I find that my patients respond the best by avoiding the use of harsh medications, since most of them have to be eliminated by the body through the kidneys and liver,” she explains. “Most medicines just mask the symptoms and eventually debilitate the patient. Occasionally, if an animal is in crisis, there is no avoidance in using some of these medications.”

Stern says that supporting the animal’s system—often through the use of supplements—is key. If the patient is not getting adequate nutrients, preferably through diet, then they will not have the building blocks to mend. “Not all animals are created equal, and depending on their individual imbalances, their nutritional needs and food components will vary,” she notes. “Food is the best medicine and can be very effective in recovery.”

Stern utilizes homeopathy, Chinese and American herbs, nutritional supplements, diet, cold laser therapy, acupuncture and more in the treatment of patients. “Support care, including fluid therapy and vitamin injection, also help in their well-being,” she states. “Sometimes combining traditional and holistic care may be necessary for a quicker recovery.”

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