Practice Philosophy

About Charissa Smith's (holistic veterinarian) philosophies that underpin the holistic services of Acacia Animal Care in Australia.


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What to expect

Dr Charissa listens to past history and clients opinions, and examines old records. This can take some time at the first consultation.

The pet is given a standard vet physical checkup

Dr Charissa gives the pet acupuncture, and or structural adjustment.

Dr Charissa designs a program to suit the client and pet. This includes dietary alterations, and a worming, flea, tick and heartworm protocol. Dr Charissa promotes fresh food diet, ( see Dr Clare Middle's book, "Real food for dogs and cats"), and minimal use of chemicals.

Dr Charissa discusses this program with the owner, as well as  further diagnosis needed, ,for example X rays or Blood tests

There is no Ef pos, so cach only!!! direct debit is possible at the time in house, there is no credit.

Practice dog


Red Rabbits:

He was saved from tick poisoning  by antivenine, Intravenous fluids at Green Cross inala, and by my admnistration of  acupuncture, herbal medicine and homeopathy ( Lathyrus 200c). This was a severe poisnoning and all treatments were necessary. Charissa uses Nexgard as a chemical prevention for ticks, with a combination of herbal meds and homeopathics. No prevention replaces routine checking for ticks after the pet goes into tick infested country. If the pet or family is chemically sensitive, Nexgard is not used. It is a matter of weighing the risk of tick infestation, the possibility of vigilant non chemical programs, and the risk of chemical sensitivity. Chemical sensitivity can be high in some immune mediated diseases where ther has been prior liver and kidney damage, even though the pet appears healthy. Chemical prevention requires less vigilance than hollistic programs in healthy animals, as even if the ticks do not die, they become ill when sucking on the pet, and there is more time to administer antivenine.

Read more : Supportive treatment for tick disease, not all these therapies have adequate research and some  have been used desperation. Veterinary qualifications are needed for their administration.

Below is a description of common signs and symptoms of tick poisoning.

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