Holistic Veterinary Care
Acupuncture . Nutrition . Herbal Medicine
Dr Neal Loh BSc BVMS CVA
Veterinarian, Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist
Holistic veterinary medicine is based on Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) principles where we look at the body as a whole and utilises a more natural approach to promote healing and recovery. Neal uses Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Nutrition (feeding wholesome foods) to allow the body to achieve balance and natural healing. On the other hand, the holistic approach can also be extremely effective and beneficial when integrated with conventional western veterinary medicine.
Dr Neal’s broad knowledge in both western and eastern medicine (TCVM) allows him to understand and treat his patients from a completely holistic perspective. This ranges from acute to chronic conditions, physical ailments, emotional disturbances, behavioural issues, and more.
Dr Neal enjoys being a holistic veterinarian whose approach to veterinary care and treatment strategies have seen continual improvement and enhancement to the well-bring of our furry companions.
Read more about Dr Neal Loh and his TCVM journey here
An essential aspect of TCVM, acupuncture uses very fine needles that are inserted at specific acupuncture points along the body, to facilitate energy flow and therefore healing. You may also have heard of the term “meridians”, which are essentially a network of channels where energy flows throughout the body constantly - like a highway and roads that are all interconnected. The number of points chosen, chronological sequence of needling, needle retention times, are based on TCVM diagnosis and reasoning. Acupuncture is gentle yet highly effective for all musculoskeletal conditions and is also used to support numerous diseases associated with internal medicine.
Herbal medicine has been practised traditionally for thousands of years, in both western and eastern cultures. Herbs are a lot closer to us than we think, such as their extensive use in the culinary world, or even just growing in our backyards. Each herb retains their own natural healing properties, which allows the right combination of herbs to work together synergistically to achieve the desired effect. One or multiple herbal formulas can be used together at once, often added to food, and are chosen specifically based on TCVM diagnoses and individual patient’s needs. Prescribed herbal formulas may come in the form of powder, tea pills or liquid tinctures.
Nutrition or ‘Food therapy’ forms a key component of my consultation, whether it is for a young growing puppy, kitten or an adult. “We are what we eat” - wholesome foods provide the right energy for general well-being and immunity against ailments. The diet of our pet becomes increasingly important especially when they are fighting or recovering from illnesses. Therefore it is also important to recognise that each individual pet may have different dietary requirements as well as intolerances. Food therapy is commonly used in conjunction with herbal formulas, to help correct specific imbalances within the body.
Dr. Neal Loh graduated from Murdoch University (Perth, Western Australia) as a veterinarian and has a background in veterinary public health and small animal private practice. After experiencing how holistic medicine (TCVM) have changed many of his patients’ and pet owners’ lives, he pursued further training in TCVM from the Chi Institute (Florida, USA). Dr. Loh is a holistic veterinarian as well as a veterinary acupuncturist based in Perth, Western Australia. He typically spends an hour with the patient on the initial consultation, and between 30 - 45 minutes for follow up visits.
Dr. Loh commonly treats patients with musculoskeletal issues (eg. hip dysplasia, neck/back pain, ligament strains, joint dislocations, lower back weakness), spinal diseases and various neurological conditions. He is passionate about continuing education and is also an active member of the World Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (WATCVM).
"We are delighted with Dr Neal's thorough holistic approach to looking after our dog. He came at a time when our dog was very ill and has patiently & empathetically worked through the cause of the problem and its solution, keeping us informed of what to expect the Chinese herbs can go & producing a great realistic result. He does not over service and allows the client to take responsibility for the next step, which is very empowering. We cannot speak highly enough of his fantastic ability diagnosing & prescribing herbs that heal & are indebted to him for enhancing our dog's immunity & her own innate ability to be healthy again. Thank you Dr Neal for your quiet, efficient manner, which really when as pet owners, we are concerned & your expertise. It's very edifying to know you're there as our uplifting & practical mentor. Thank you" - Gerri
"I love your gentleness Neal and your kindness to Dimi dog. I feel so empowered with the massage techniques you have taught me and the fine tuning of her diet to make her more settled. A happy heart for her mama. Sincerely thank you" - Julie
"Friendly and very informative, my two actually love to see Neal when he arrives." - Raelene
"Dr Neal was super friendly and has an impressive knowledge base of both Chinese and western veterinary medicines and gave us good suggestions. And our dogs loved him!" - Sacha
"Amazing amazing human being that genuinely cares about his fur patients, so grateful to have discovered Neal." - Jaime
"Fantastic knowledge sharing to improve my animal's health. I learnt a lot that I will be putting in place" - Sandra
"I love Dr Neal. He had been recommended to us by our former Holistic vet who moved to the country. He treated our older dog and has recently consulted us with our new puppy. He is very compassionate and knowledgeable" - Wendy
"I most certainly recommend Dr Neal. I've seen 2 'miracles' with 2 different pets. My young Doberman, suddenly developed a strange paralysis of the left hind leg. Western vets recommended complete rest for 8 weeks. Dr Neal worked on him and after the first session he was weight bearing, 2 weeks from onset and now is running. My Siamese cat had major surgery after being hospitalised for 6 days for ongoing UTIs and constipation. The constipation returned and was going to take him back to hospital, but asked Dr Neal to do an acupuncture session. Once finished my cat jumped off my lap and ran to his litter tray straight away. It worked!!! Dr Neal is now a part of my pets ongoing health care. I'm so grateful to him" - Linda
"Wonderful day of learning with an appointment session for 8 Bullmastiffs. Dr Neal was patient and gentle with the dogs and humans. Highly recommend" - Lesley
"Highly recommend Dr Neal...After 2 months of vet visits, lots of meds & specialist hospital visit, due to meningitis & enlarged liver, he helped our Maremma Diesel come off cortisone a lot quicker, so his recovery with acupuncture, herbal medicine & a special diet has transformed him back to his cheeky energetic self after 3 months .... Many thanks Dr Neal" - Rae😊
"After months of watching my French Bulldog suffer with stiff muscles and a sore back we met Dr Neal. He was able to bring him back to his mischievous happy self with a few sessions of acupuncture. Batman loved every session and was so relaxed with Dr Neal’s techniques. This along with a change of diet that he helped us put together has made our dog so much happier and healthier. I cannot thank you enough!" - Rachael
" I am overwhelmed by the way Dr Neal works, as a dog groomer I am always looking for Vets with specialist knowledge to recommend.
I became so tired of other professionals taking so little notice of chronic conditions, irritations and health issues. My dogs mean the world to me, so I can't thank him enough; after just my first consult I finally have some answers to questions other vets couldn't answer.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!" - Erin
"Dr Neal is amazing! He has been doing acupuncture on 2 of my pets and it has helped them both a lot" - Jami
"Dr Neal is such an amazing and compassionate vet, he really cares about his patients and their families." - Hannah
"Dr Neal is an amazing veterinarian. he has seen so many of my animals and helped them so much, he is so compassionate. My mum loves seeing him with her Husky aswell. He's approachable and full of knowledge. I highly recommend!" - Beca
"Dr Neal brings together the best knowledge of Western and traditional Chinese medicine, and is truly passionate about what he does. I wouldn't trust anyone else to present better care for my ailing pet than him!" - Pearl
"Dr Neal is so compassionate and caring, nothing is too hard for him, he doesn't rush you. He is treating my little old girl (17yr old Jack Russell /foxy) her back legs were constantly going from under her (very distressing as her Mum) Dr Neal has been treating her with his herbs and its a miracle result! Highly recommend Holistic Vet :)" - Kerry
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