Integrated Medicine

Dr Kelly Phillips has a huge wealth of experience and offers an integrated approach to patient care. Her skills further add to the range of care we can offer at Nelson Vets and she accepts referrals from other practices. Kelly considers both traditional and holistic treatments to give you the best treatment options for your pet. She brings options for arthritis and cancer patients, amongst many other conditions.

Just like in humans, pets can benefit from looking outside of the traditional therapies to help them live their best life. Remember our goal to treat your pets like family!


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What is Integrated Medicine?

Using the best of both modern conventional Western medicine and Eastern medicine such as acupuncture and herbs.

Use of full western diagnostics such as blood tests, x rays, cytology, and drugs combined with acupuncture and herbs to obtain the best outcome for the animal and minimise symptoms and side effects.

What is Western medicine?  

Western medicine has key foundations that form the basis of treatment. These include:

  • Physically examining the body and the associated symptoms

  • Diagnosing diseases and conditions using scientific evidence

  • Using treatments that are clinically proven to be effective

  • Using the best of modern technology such as MRI, radiation therapy, surgery to get the best outcome for the condition.

  • Western medicine uses a systemic approach, utilising symptoms and separate organ systems to determine treatments.

What is Eastern Medicine?

Eastern medicine Key Foundations are approaching diagnosing, treating, and preventing disease in a holistic manner.

  • Diagnose diseases by examining the entire body with a focus on imbalances, including feeling pulse and looking at the tongue.

  • Aims to treat the whole body not just the main problem area

  • Multiple factors that embrace the mind, body, and spirit.

  • Treatment includes acupuncture and Traditional Chinese herbs

  • Two animals with the same condition are not necessarily treated in the same way.

What conditions can acupuncture treat?

  • Pain related conditions such as arthritis and disc disease
  • Cancer in many forms - helps support the body to stabilise disease and slow growth.
  • Hormonal imbalances such as diabetes, cushing's disease and thyroid disease
  • Seizures- can minimise drugs needed 
  • Chronic kidney disease and liver disease
  • Urine leakage in bitches
  • Neurological problems - nerve damage, referred pain such as sciatica


What conditions can herbs help treat?

Lots! Here are some examples:

  • Green tea - Great for mild conjunctivitis or first aid rinse on wounds Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Cancer cases.
  • St Mary’s Thistle - Great for liver or kidney disease. Speeds up recovery from Anaesthetics. Cancer cases. Decrease seizure frequency.
  • Marshmallow (not the lollies!) Coughing. Stomach ulcers. Inflammatory bowel disease. Pancreatitis.
  • Chamomile - Inflammation and gum disease. Calming/insomnia. Gut pain/spasms.