We're AAHA Accredited!
Dr. Bernie Aleksey’s reputation, credentials, and experience as a veterinarian guarantees that your pet receives the highest level of continuity of care that is recommended by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).
AAHA-Accredited Hospitals: Champions for Excellent Care
Did you know that accreditation for animal hospitals is voluntary? Surprising, isn’t it? Nearly 60 percent of pet owners believe that their pet’s veterinary hospital is accredited when it is not. In actuality, only 12-15% of animal hospitals have gone through the accreditation evaluation process by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). We are proud to call ourselves an AAHA-accredited hospital.
In the United States, all human hospitals that serve people with Medicare must be accredited through an accrediting body; they undergo regular reviews and quality checks to ensure they meet standards of quality for every aspect of medical care. However, not all animal hospitals choose to pursue the AAHA-accreditation process since it is not required by law. When it comes to pet health care, accreditation is voluntary. The accreditation process is rigorous and time-consuming, and not every veterinary hospital wants to go through the lengthy process.
Accreditation by AAHA means that an animal hospital has been evaluated on approximately 900 standards of veterinary excellence. To maintain their accreditation, hospitals undergo a rigorous review by veterinary experts every three years. State and provincial regulations can vary widely – in fact, some states don’t routinely inspect hospitals, only going in for an inspection when a complaint is filed by a pet owner. AAHA accreditation is considered the standard for veterinary excellence, and does not vary between states or provinces (AAHA accredits hospitals in both the U.S. and Canada).
We are an AAHA-accredited veterinary hospital. That means we hold ourselves to a higher standard. Pets are our passion. And keeping them healthy is our #1 priority. Here, we strive to deliver excellent care for pets. Because your pets deserve nothing less.
Learn more about AAHA accreditation and why our accreditation is important to you and your pet. Visit aaha.org/petowner.
We're a Cat Friendly Practice
In the United States, there are millions more owned cats than owned dogs, yet cats visit veterinarians less frequently than dogs. Contributing to the decrease in cat visits is the stress associated with getting the cat to the veterinary practice and owners who are unaware of the need for wellness and preventive care. The Cat Friendly Practice program provides an opportunity for veterinary practices to increase feline veterinary visits and improve the health and quality of life of cats.
Some alarming statistics:
In the United States, there are 86 Million Owned Cats and 78 Million Owned Dogs.
Almost twice as many cats than dogs never visit the veterinarian.
41% of cat owners visit the veterinarian only for vaccinations.
39% of cat owners say they would only take their cat to the veterinarian if the cat was sick.
58% of cat owners report that their cat hates going to the veterinarian.
38% of cat owners report that they get stressed just thinking about bringing their cat to the practice.
This is why we are a certified cat friendly practice, because we have a concern for these issues. We want to insure we have the best possible environment for all of our feline patients.
Certified in Veterinary Acupuncture
Dr. Bernie has gone through a rigorous course of study to become a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA). In addition to spending over 200 hours in lectures and hands on labs, passing a 2 day examination, she has also trained with some of the most renowned veterinary acupuncturists in the United States and presented a detailed case study to the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) for final accreditation.
Acupuncture has its roots in ancient Chinese culture. The techniques used have been developed and perfected over the last 3,000 years. Acupuncture is seen as a safe and effective form of treatment throughout the world, which requires extensive training to be used properly.
Acupuncture can treat a wide variety of conditions such as:
Acute Musculoskeletal Inflammation
Acute or Chronic Vomiting
Acute or Chronic Back Pain
Acute or Chronic Neck Pain
Recurrent Urinary Infections
Dr. Bernie is a member of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.
Herbal Medicine – What is it?
Are you curious about Herbal Medicine? Over the last few years as I have become specialized in Chinese herbal medicine, I have also been studying western herbs with Maureen Erickson.
Maureen Ericson is an Herbalist & Holistic Pet Care Consultant with over 35 years of professional experience in Holistic Health. She has her Master Herbalist Degree, and certifications in Aromatherapy, Veterinary Assistance, and Natural Pet Healthcare, along with extensive training and expertise in Homeopathy, and Flower Essences. As owner of Flora Paws Holistic Pet Care, LLC (www.florapaws.com) she provides holistic pet care counseling to pet owners, rescue/shelter groups, zoos, farms and wildlife centers, and holistic veterinarians. She offers training programs to Veterinarians, Kennels, and Rescue Shelters to integrate holistic care and remedies into their pet care practices. She is co-founder of the Connecticut Herb Association and developed the Early Puppy Socialization Program for Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation.
Together we have collaborated on a number of cases. The cases have involved pets currently being treated for lameness, chronic liver and renal disease, chronic septic pneumonia, chronic undefined infections, cancer and behavioral issues.
In anticipation of offering a seminar to our clients in the near future, Maureen has written the following article describing the benefits of plant medicine for animal pet care.
THE BENEFITS OF PLANT MEDICINE FOR ANIMAL PET CARE
By Maureen, Ericson, M.H.
Plant medicine has been a healing tool for humans and animals for thousands of years. Many ancient cultures have shown through historic evidence of the wide spread use of plants as food and medicine in cave drawings, writings and in verbal traditions handed down from generations to generations. As immigrants moved from one country to another they brought with them their cultural healing herbs and seeds. They planted them in backyard gardens to continue the availability of those healing plants. These plants were used as teas, tinctures, salves, and oils. They were used for their families and animals as their main medicines to heal what ailed them.
Herbalism has been practiced since the beginning of written history and continues to this day. Herbs are used by more people worldwide than any other healing medicine. In many countries herbs are offered in hospitals where doctors were trained in herbal medicine as part of their pharmacy training. Plant medicine today has grown into many different forms such as homeopathy, aromatherapy essential oils, flower essences and using herbs in traditional Chinese medicine that complements acupuncture. Many doctors and veterinarians are starting to explore these options in modern medicine as more people are requesting their use for healing themselves and their animals.
Animals in the wild will self medicate themselves with the healing plants that they are foraging on. They will seek out the plants that they instinctively know is their healing tool. Research studies have shown this and have labeled this as zoopharmacognosy.
Why has the demand for plant medicine become so popular for healing animals? Because the demand from clients who use holistic health for themselves want to use it for their animals. Traditional vet care doesn’t always have the answers for them. This is what they have found:
Sometimes traditional modern medicine can no longer help your animal- Veterinarians have exhausted all of their healing tools leaving you and your pet with no answers to healing your animal. Plants have many ways to heal by detoxing and tonifying the animal’s body to create strong immune systems and repair damage.
Their animal has antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria- Plants have broad spectrum anti-microbial properties that bacteria are not resistant to, helping to fight infection quickly and safely without killing off good bacteria.
Viral infections that modern medicine cannot fight- Many plants have anti-viral properties in their chemical constituents that effectively fight viruses and support the immune system during infections.
Cancer, Liver or Kidney Disease- Plants have anti-tumor properties and the ability to rebuild the immune system and repair major organs and systems of the body.
Skeletal/Muscular and Neurological Diseases- Plants have the ability to provide essential nutrients needed to repair and rebuild damage done to bones, joints, muscles, connective tissues and nerves.
Eyes- Plants and their anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help to protect and rebuild damage to the eye tissues.
Emotional and mental stress that is causing behavior issues or illness- Plants heal on an energetic level addressing many emotional and mental issues. These issues can cause stress leading to behavioral problems and sometimes illness. A happier animal is a healthier animal.
Choosing plant medicine for your animal is naturally in harmony with your animal’s energy field and wellness. By doing so you are providing them with many healing tools that can complement their wellness with the vet care of your choice. Plant medicine can be used daily and safely with the right instructions from a holistic healthcare provider. A healthier pet lives a good quality of life and is a happier animal. (originally published in June 2016)
Consider scheduling a joint consultation with Maureen and myself to explore how herbal medicine can help your pet, please call 860-554-5588.
What is Holistic Veterinary Medicine?
Holistic medicine, by its very nature, is humane to the core. The techniques used in holistic medicine are gentle, minimally invasive, and incorporate patient well-being and stress reduction. Holistic thinking is centered on love, empathy, and respect.
In treating an animal, a holistic veterinarian will determine the best combination of both conventional and alternative (or complementary) therapies for a given individual. This mixture of healing arts and skills is as natural as life itself. Therein lies the very essence of the word “(w)holistic.” It means taking in the whole picture of the patient—the environment, the disease pattern, the relationship of pet with owner—and developing a treatment protocol using a wide range of therapies for healing the patient. The holistic practitioner is interested not only in a medical history, but also genetics, nutrition, environment, family relationships, stress levels, and other factors.
Many patients present in a state of “disease.” At this point the holistic challenge lies in the question “why?” A simple-appearing symptom may have several layers of causation. When one area of the body is ill, it can manifest in many different ways. Only when the true cause of the ailment has been found is there the possibility for a lasting recovery.
Through a series of analytic observations and appropriate testing, the goal becomes finding the true root source of the pathology. It is at this point that the most efficacious, least invasive, least expensive, and least harmful path to cure is selected.
In many acute situations, treatment may involve aspects of surgery and drug therapy from conventional Western technology, along with alternative techniques to provide a complementary whole. This form of treatment has great value for severe trauma and certain infections.
Once the symptoms have been treated, the task is not complete until the underlying disease patterns have been redirected. The patient, as well as the client, will be guided to a new level of health. The wholeness inherent in the scope of holistic veterinary medicine nurtures all aspects of an animal’s well-being, resulting in lasting physical, mental, and emotional health.