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Welcome to Dr. Doug – The Holistic Vet

Hello and welcome to my blog. I’m Dr. Doug Knueven but I go by Dr. Doug for reasons that become obvious when you try to pronounce my last name. (By the way, it is pronounced “KNEEVEN” – you pronounce all the letters except the “U”) I was raised in a small suburb of Cincinnati named Mt. Healthy. This town name has taken on new meaning throughout my life.


When I graduated from The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987, my idea of health revolved around the mechanistic, Western model of medicine where there is a drug or surgery for just about every condition (never mind the side effects and surgical risks). After a few years in practice I realized that things didn’t always go the way the text books said it would. I realized there had to be more to health and healing than what I was taught in vet school. This realization started me on my journey into holistic medicine.

I started with veterinary acupuncture as I had an interest in this therapy that was sparked by an after-hours lecture in vet school. After seeing the benefits of this strange healing modality, I completed courses in homeopathy, Chinese herbal medicine and chiropractic. I also joined the American Holistic Medical Association and through their conferences, continue to learn more about holistic pet health. Today, for me the word health is more about lifestyle and less about what you go to the doctor to get.

As excited as I am about alternative medicine, I have not thrown the baby out with the bath water. I do see the value of Western medicine for certain situations. I practice integrative veterinary medicine which involves the use of the most appropriate treatment for the individual animal. As an integrative medicine practitioner I have more tools in my kit to treat the many patients I see.

Along the way I also realized that any given patient was not going to heal if they were not being fed properly. This led me into my own research into animal nutrition. I soon abandoned much of what I had been taught about nutrition in veterinary school, as that information is highly influenced by the major pet food companies. From my research and decades of experience it is obvious to me that pets benefit from an evolution-based diet rather than the starch-rich, highly processed convenience pet foods most pet caregivers currently feed. Animals simply cannot be healthy if their bodies are not provided the raw materials and nutritional signals that are needed.

The longer I have practiced veterinary medicine, the more convinced I am of the value of the Holistic-Integrative approach to pet health care. My passion for pets and for true health (physical, mental and spiritual) is what this weekly blog is all about. Together we will explore pet health topics.

This weekly blog will cover topics in holistic veterinary medicine as well as current events in the veterinary world. I hope to open a dialog with pet caregivers and veterinarians about these issues. Much of what I say may be controversial to some readers. I am all for healthy criticism and I love to hear different points of view. I do not claim to know it all and I plan to learn from the people who participate in the discussion.

Have you or your pet had experience with holistic medicine? Click on the title above and join the conversation. Don’t forget to sign up on the right for blog notifications.


The Mother of All Pet Lectures


For all pet-lovers in the Pittsburgh area, I’ll be speaking from Noon – 2 PM this Sunday (Mother’s Day) at the 2017 PetCon Expo at the Washington County Fairgrounds. My topics are nutrition and integrative medicine. Join me, and bring your mom!







Special Presentation July 31

DSC_3163Special Presentation

‘Paws, Claws, & Laws: Tails of Regulations, Advocacy, and Proper Labeling’

Healthy Pet Products is excited to present, “Paws, Claws, and Laws: Tails of Regulations, Advocacy, and Proper Labeling.” This full day event will feature industry experts who will be discussing the importance of what and how we feed our pets, what it means to be your pet’s advocate, and how to navigate through pet food ingredients. We will explore the benefits of holistic healing, the science behind food as medicine, how pet foods are prepared, and why we must continue as their advocates!

Our all-star lineup features local and national experts in the fields of holistic veterinary medicine, food science, industry regulations, and consumer advocacy:

Dr. Doug Knueven of Beaver Animal Clinic
Roxanne Stone of Answers Pet Food
Billy Hoekman of Answers Pet Food
Susan Thixton of Truth About Pet Food
Marty Hudak Roos of Nature’s Variety Pet Food

Where: The Dog Stop
2530 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

When: Sunday, July 31, 2016
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Why: We love

$75.00 VIP seating
$50.00 General Admission
To register, visit http://www.wpahumane.com/events

We are proud to partner with our friends at the Dog Stop for this fundraising event to support the efforts of the Western PA Humane Society.

*VIP ticket guests will be invited to a special coffee hour with some of our guest speakers, priority seating, and individual gift bags.

Lunch to be provided.