Northside Veterinary Clinic

Alternative & Holistic Vet in Brooklyn, NY

Holistic (or Integrative) Veterinary Medicine is the examination and diagnosis of an animal, considering all aspects of a pet's life including behaviors, medical and dietary history, environment, emotional stresses, and other factors. Before beginning treatment, the Veterinarian will usually discuss aspects of your pet's health and lifestyle. In addition to symptoms of illness, your pets personality traits, diet and activity level are all often part of the holistic diagnostic picture. Depending on the diagnosis and stage of treatment, herbal medicines, supplements, acupuncture or multiple modalities of treatment may be used in assisting your pet's natural healing process.

What is a Holistic Vet?

Holistic veterinary care is an approach to treatment that utilizes the body’s natural ability to heal without the use of drugs or invasive procedures. Natural healing pet care can involve the use of herbs, supplements, and essential oils, as well as non-invasive techniques such as acupuncture, massage, and chiropractic adjustments. Natural healing pet care also emphasizes the importance of a healthy diet and lifestyle, including regular exercise.

Holistic Care for Dogs

Our approach to holistic care for dogs involves considering all aspects of canine health, including behaviors, diet, lifestyle, medical history, environment, and emotional stressors. The most common conditions we treat with natural healing pet care for dogs include:

  • Arthritis
  • Allergies
  • Digestive disorders
  • Skin conditions
  • Anxiety or behavioral issues
  • Cancer

Holistic Cat Care 

Holistic care for cats is similar to that for dogs, treating the whole cat, not just their physical symptoms. The most common conditions we treat with natural healing pet care for cats include:

  • Urinary tract issues
  • Digestive disorders
  • Skin and coat conditions
  • Respiratory issues
  • Anxiety and behavioral issues
  • Cancer

Natural & Holistic Veterinary Care Services

Holistic veterinary medicine can entail many types of natural treatments to help your pet heal and live a full, happy life. 

Chinese and Western Herbal Therapy

Integrating Chinese herbal therapy with Western treatment is a form of holistic veterinary medicine that addresses both chronic and acute pain. Chinese herbal therapy uses herbal medicines to promote healing with fewer side effects than pharmaceutical drugs. Conditions that can be improved with herbal therapy include: 

  • Arthritis
  • Digestive problems
  • Discomfort from chemotherapy and radiation
  • Skin disorders 
  • Allergies 
  • Asthma and respiratory disease
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Kidney, liver, and heart disease 
  • Behavioral disorders

Herbal medicines are usually combined with acupuncture, diet and lifestyle changes, and traditional western treatments to promote the best outcome and support your pet’s holistic health. 


Acupuncture is a needle placement technique used by holistic veterinarians to enhance blood circulation, stimulate the nervous system, and improve your pet’s ability to release anti-inflammatory substances that promote natural healing. Acupuncture can be used to address a range of problems in pets, including: 

  • Arthritis
  • Hip dysplasia or degenerative joint disease
  • Chronic pain 
  • Digestive problems 
  • Sores or lesions
  • Side effects from chemotherapy and radiation
  • Impaired organ function 
  • Asthma and respiratory disease

Acupuncture has no side effects and can be safely used with other medicines prescribed by a holistic vet to treat medical conditions or their symptoms. 

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment method used by our holistic vets to treat pain and promote your pet’s natural healing ability. During this procedure, high-energy sound waves travel through targeted areas of soft tissue, triggering the body’s repair system to activate. It has been shown to reduce healing time, improve mobility, and relieve pain for pets experiencing conditions like: 

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendon and ligament injuries
  • Hip and elbow dysplasia
  • Degenerative joint diseases
  • Bone fractures
  • Severe lesions or wounds

Shockwave therapy typically has no side effects, requires little recovery time, and can be safely used with other medicines to holistically treat pain and health conditions.

Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy gently relieves tension in the central nervous system with a light touch that promotes the healthy movement of fluids. It restores balance by treating your pet’s individual head bones, relieving tension, and making your furry friend feel better from their head to their tail. 

The procedure is commonly used by holistic vets to address discomfort caused by back and neck issues. Your pet’s stiffness and tension are likely radiating from one injured area that can be relaxed with craniosacral therapy and other holistic treatments. 

Companion Laser Therapy

Laser therapy effectively reduces pain and inflammation caused by a variety of health conditions in pets. Our holistic vet near New York City offers Companion Laser Therapy, a state-of-the-art, FDA-approved technology that shines a deep-penetrating light on your pet’s injury to help it heal faster. It works by stimulating the injured cells and releasing endorphins that promote natural self-healing. Thousands of lame or inactive pets have regained normal or almost normal function after receiving laser therapy.

The Companion Therapy Laser System provides immediate results without any harmful side effects. It can meaningfully benefit pets struggling with chronic conditions such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, back disease or injury, degenerative joint diseases, and the normal aches and pains that come with aging. 

Holistic Dental Care

Holistic pet dental care involves understanding that your pet’s dental hygiene could be related to its overall well-being. During a dental checkup with a holistic vet in our NYC clinic, your pet will receive x-rays and a dental cleaning to evaluate and protect their oral health. Should any dental health issues be revealed, your vet will develop a holistic care plan that may include diet and lifestyle changes to improve your pet’s health. 

Best Holistic Veterinarian Near Williamsburg

Dr. Barbara Eisner is one of the best holistic vets near Williamsburg and the greater New York City Area. She has been certified in veterinary acupuncture for over 20 years and has been on the executive board of the New York complementary and alternative veterinary medicine association for five years running.

Finding holistic veterinary care in Brooklyn is easy with our online direct booking feature. Both new and existing clients seeking care from a holistic dog or cat vet may schedule an appointment at our Williamsburg vet clinic. 

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