Alternative Medicine for Pets? With guest Dr. Barbara Royal,DVM
Original Air Date: 11-14-2008
Willie, Susan Frank's cat. He's older here and suffering from a number of ailments.
Another picture of Willie.
A cat undergoing acupuncture. (photo courtesy of Dr. Royal)
A dog rests easy with the acupuncture needles inserted. (photo courtesy of Dr. Royal)
A Beagle receiving acupuncture. (photo courtesy of Dr. Royal)
Dr. Royal is giving a camel at a zoo acupuncture. (photo courtesy of Dr. Royal)
The same camel receiving acupuncture. (photo courtesy of Dr. Royal)
An assortment of Chinese and western herbal supplements. (photo courtesy of Dr. Royal)
The underwater treadmills at the Royal Treatment Veterinary Spa. (photo courtesy of Dr. Royal)
A dog sitting in a currently dry underwater treadmill. (photo courtesy of Dr. Royal)
A dog getting a treat and reassurance while undergoing underwater treadmill therapy. (photo courtesy of Dr. Royal)
Dr. Royal administering underwater treadmill therapy. (photo courtesy of Dr. Royal)
Profile of a dog in the underwater treadmill at the Royal Treatment Veterinary Spa in Chicago, IL. (photo courtesy of Dr. Royal)
An underwater shot of dog's legs paddling in the underwater treadmill. (photo courtesy of Dr. Royal)
Cats can benefit from underwater treadmill therapy too! (photo courtesy of Dr. Royal)
A basic introduction of Veterinary Acupuncture.
Dr. Royal administering acupunture.
A rabbit on an underwater treadmill at The Royal Treatment Veterinary Spa.
Dr. Barbara Royal, DVM graduated with high honors from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. Initially, Dr. Royal, like most veterinarians, was skeptical of alternative medicine, but she found conventional medicine to be inadequate to fully meet the needs of her patients.
After witnessing the effectiveness of acupuncture and herbal medicines, Dr. Royal decided to become as competent and confident with alternative medicine as she was with conventional medicine and to incorporate both into her own practice. To this end, she completed training in Acupuncture at the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 1998, Western and Chinese Herbal Medicine at Tufts University, and Animal Physical Therapy and Healing Techniques at the University of Tennessee.
Dr. Royal has been trained to work with many species of animals, including exotics and zoo animals, and she consults with the local zoos for alternative treatments on their animals and lectures nationally and internationally. She has a strong success record with her patients, and she is as fiercely loyal to them as they are to her. Most of her patients are referred by word-of-mouth recommendations from other clients. She feels very lucky to do what she loves every day.
Dr. Royal writes a regular Pet Rx column for the Pioneer Press and is a regular contributer to the Greyhound Magazine, The Skinny.