Healing Pets Holistically with Dr. Marlene Siegel
Recently I did a podcast with holistic pet health expert and author Dr. Marlene Siegel, of Pasco Veterinary Medical Center. She is best known for integrating holistic treatment options with traditional veterinary medicine. She’s on the show to discuss her 5 steps to healing pets holistically.
We sat down to chat about …
- Dr. Siegel’s Journey
- Integrating Holistic Treatment
- How to Best Help Your Pet
Listen in to the whole episode:
Dr. Marlene Siegel’s Journey
Dr. Siegel had a life-changing experience when one of her show horses, who had previously saved her own daughter’s life, developed debilitating neck spasms. Her veterinarian did not know what was causing the issue. As a result, she recommended that Lily, Dr. Siegel’s horse, be put out to pasture or put down. Dr. Siegel knew she couldn’t give up on Lily, the horse that saved her daughter’s life.
This is when she first began her integrative practice, bringing in a certified animal chiropractor in an effort to help her horse, Lily, with her immense pain. Within 5-6 months, Lily and Dr. Siegel’s youngest daughter went on to win the United States Reserve Youth National Championship, one of the most prestigious horse shows in the US for young riders.
“So I tell people all the time, never let somebody else tell you what you can and can’t do. Never let somebody define your capacity, your capabilities, because there is always that ability to heal.” – Dr. Marlene Siegel
Why Holistic Healing?
When you take your pet to a conventional Veterinary practice, you will most likely come away with a prescription medication for your pet. Dr. Siegel refers to this as “A pill for an ill” medical practice. These pills often seem to work well for our pets, so what is the concern?
The concern is that these pills often address the symptoms, but rarely do they address the cause of the ailment. Additionally, this leads to more and more problems for your pet. In healing pets holistically, Dr. Siegel seeks to address the root cause of the disease or ailment, and return the body to balance.
How Do I Heal My Pet?
Inflammation has long been a well-known symptom of most infectious diseases, but research now suggests that chronic inflammation is not just a symptom, it actually causes and advances many common diseases.
Dr. Marlene Siegel has used her experience in her integrated holistic pet healing veterinary practice to create a free Ebook for pet parents, “5 Steps to Healing Pets Holistically”. It’s available to download for free on her website, here.
Related: CBD for Inflammation in Pets
Step 1 – Stop Polluting the Body
The level of toxicity that we’re experiencing today is unlike anything we’ve experienced before. There’s over 85,000 new synthetic toxins that have been introduced into our environment, and that’s just since World War Two. We’ve never seen this level of toxicity before.
These toxins make their way into our water, our food, our plants and our animals. To combat this, make sure your water is filtered for heavy metals and toxins.
Step 2 – Provide the Essential Nutrients
Make sure you’re feeding your pet a species appropriate diet. Different species have different dietary requirements, and we want to make sure we provide our pets with everything they need to live a long, healthy life.
We recommend a fresh, freeze-dried, or raw, species-appropriate diet to all of our pet parents.
Step 3 – Healing the Gut
70% of the immune system is housed in the gut. For this reason, good gut health is fundamental to overall wellness. Toxins, chemicals, pesticides and herbicides harm the membrane lining the gut. Glyphosate for example, is the most popular herbicide in the world, and it’s often found in dog food. This causes a leaky gut, allowing those toxins into the body, where they end up triggering an inflammatory response.
Therefore, to heal the gut, a fully balanced fresh, freeze-dried or raw, species-appropriate diet can be supplemented with a natural source of probiotics to support gut health.
Step 4 – Detoxify the Organs
This step involves removing all the toxins from your environment. Everything in your environment, from the air quality to the cleaning products under the sink, may be contributing to the toxins in your, and your pet’s, system.
A helpful resource for identifying what toxins may be hiding in your household products, is The Environmental Working Group.
Step 5 – Specialty Tools
This step involves integrating natural therapies for your pet’s overall wellness. Whether that means reducing inflammation, bringing the immune system back in balance, or even addressing negative thoughts that are affecting our own health, as well as our pets.
Related: Your Guide to CBD for Pets
More from Dr. Marlene Siegel
Dr. Siegel sees pets at her practice, Pasco Veterinary Medical Center, in Lutz, Florida and also offers webinars for pet parents. She’s also launching Family Wellness Spas in late 2021, with detoxification services for pets.
Finally, you can find out more about healing pets holistically on Dr. Siegel’s website. There you can download her full Ebook for free, titled “5 Steps to Healing Pets Holistically”. You’ll find more in depth information on the five steps and how to best heal your pet.
About Angela Ardolino
Angela Ardolino is a holistic pet expert who has been caring for animals for over 20 years and operates a rescue farm, Fire Flake Farm, in Florida. She is also the owner of Beautify the Beast, a natural pet salon and shop. After getting her certificate in Medical Cannabis Biology and Therapeutic use from the University of Vermont School of Medicine, she founded CBD Dog Health to provide high quality, all-natural medical cannabis products designed specifically for pets.
Angela has seven dogs, Odie a 12-year-old mini-schnauzer, Nina an 8-year-old Doberman. Jolene a 7-year-old mutt, Maza a 7-year-old mutt, Rhemi an 8-year-old poodle, Potato a 15-year-old shih-tzu, and Miss Daisie a 15-year-old black lab, plus 4-10 more at any time she is fostering or boarding. Additionally, she uses Full Spectrum Hemp Extract on all her pets at her rescue farm every day, and has since 2016. She is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, the Veterinary Cannabis Association. In fact, Angela has educated hundreds of medical doctors and veterinarians on the therapeutic uses of medical cannabis on animals. Visit www.angelaardolino.com for more information.
About Dr. Marlene Siegel
Dr. Siegel is best known for integrating holistic treatment options with traditional veterinary medicine. Since 1987, she has relentlessly pursued the cause of disease in animals. Additionally, she has formulated treatment regimens that literally save lives. It’s not a stretch to say that Dr. Siegel has given back decades of life to the animals she has treated. Further, Dr. Siegel gained national recognition after being featured on the Truth About Cancer Project in 2019, and in the same year, launched EvoLove Raw – her proprietary raw pet food for dogs and cats. Moreover, Dr. Siegel continues to treat pets at her practice in Lutz, Florida and is also a frequent speaker and lecturer across the country.