What is the difference between having Dr. Weingardt or Dr. Kayser see my pet versus a general veterinarian?
Dr. Weingardt has many years of experience working as an emergency and critical care veterinarian before studying holistic modalities. Dr Kayser had many years of experience working in a variety of different veterinary hospitals as an associate and over 30 hospitals as a relief veterinarian giving her a unique perspective of conventional care. They both have a strong knowledge base of conventional veterinary medicine which they combine with appropriate holistic modalities to help each individual achieve optimal health. Dr. Weingardt and Dr. Kayser are skilled at looking at the big picture and finding what works best for each individual animal and their people. Although they will prescribe medications when necessary, they focus on using nutrition, herbal medicine, acupuncture and homeopathy to encourage the patient’s innate healing ability. Having Dr. Weingardt or Dr. Kayser work on your pet in our home like setting greatly improves the experience for the patient and the client.
What types of things can we not treat?
If a patient requires diagnostics including bloodwork, radiographs, ultrasound or any other invasive procedure, we will refer them back to their general veterinarian or help them find a veterinarian who will best suit their needs. In addition, if the patient requires any sedation, anesthesia or surgery we will refer them to their general veterinarian. It is not safe for our doctors to restrain animals by themselves or enlist the help of the owner as this may cause injuries both to the animal and people.
If I prefer to have one of your doctors be my primary veterinarian why do I need to keep a relationship with a general veterinarian?
Our doctors attempts to be available for their patients but there are times when scheduling will not allow for a timely appointment or the problem requires care that is beyond the scope of that provided by us. For this reason, we recommend maintaining a relationship with a general veterinarian to help when needed. If you do not have a veterinarian to help in this regard, we can refer you to several great practices.
How is it decided what treatments my pet will receive?
Based on an evaluation of history and physical examination, the doctor will suggest a course of treatment which may involve dietary therapy, supplements, acupuncture treatment or herbal/homeopathic prescription. Therapy is chosen based on the individual’s presenting issues, temperament (acceptance of treatment) and caregiver preferences in regards to cost and follow-up.
How often do you suggest having check-ups if my pet appears healthy?
In general, we suggest a healthy pet have a check-up once a year. Once an animal lives to be greater than 8-9 years old then every 6 months is appropriate. With ongoing medical issues we may suggest follow-up weekly or every 2 weeks at first and then every month to 2 months, progressing to quarterly and then every 6 months contingent on the patient’s response to treatment.
See Fees page for more details. Initial examination and treatment includes an in-depth history and physical examination, diagnosis, treatment (including acupuncture) and prescription.If anything is dispensed (medication, supplements, herbs or remedies) then there are additional fees.