What is the difference between having Dr. Weingardt 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. He has a strong knowledge base of conventional veterinary medicine which he combines with appropriate holistic modalities to help each individual achieve optimal health. Dr. Weingardt is skilled at looking at the big picture and finding what works best for each individual animal and their people. Although Dr. Weingardt will prescribe medications when necessary, he focuses on using nutrition, herbal medicine, acupuncture and homeopathy to encourage the patient’s innate healing ability. Having Dr. Weingardt work on your pet in our home like setting greatly improves the experience for the patient and the client.
What types of things can Dr. Weingardt not treat?
If a patient requires diagnostics including bloodwork, radiographs, ultrasound or any other invasive procedure, Dr. Weingardt 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 Dr. Weingardt will refer them to their general veterinarian. It is not safe for Dr. Weingardt to restrain animals by himself or enlist the help of the owner as this may cause injuries both to the animal and people.
If I prefer to have Dr. Weingardt be my primary veterinarian why do I need to keep a relationship with a general veterinarian?
Dr. Weingardt attempts to be available for his 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 Dr. Weingardt. For this reason Dr. Weingardt recommends maintaining a relationship with a general veterinarian to help when needed. If you do not have a veterinarian to help in this regard, Dr. Weingardt 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, Dr. Weingardt 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, Dr. Weingardt suggests 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 Dr. Weingardt 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.
Dr. Weingardt charges a flat fee of $85.00 per 45 minutes for recheck exams and $170 for initial exams. 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 is an additional fee.