If you are like most pet owners, you want your pet to live a long and healthy life. You may have found that the conventional approach to pet health has led to unsatisfactory results. While Western medicine works well for emergency situations but for cancer and chronic diseases – not so much.
I’m Dr. Doug – The Holistic Vet and this blog is dedicated to helping pet caregivers understand and benefit from holistic methods of pet wellness. I’ve been a vet for 26 years and for 20 of those years I’ve integrated holistic medicine into my practice. I’ve helped lots of pets with acupuncture and herbs as well chiropractic and natural nutrition. Occasionally I’ll throw in a little homeopathy when I think it will help. I am passionate about Holistic-Integrative medicine and love to speak to pet caregivers and vets about what I do.
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.
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Dr. Doug Knueven was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He received his veterinary degree from Ohio State University in 1987 and has been practicing veterinary medicine in Beaver County, Pennsylvania ever since. Dr. Knueven owns and operates Beaver Animal Clinic, a full service animal hospital, and shares clinical duties with two associates.
After several years of conventional practice, Dr. Doug began to feel discouraged by the limitations of conventional veterinary medicine and sought to broaden his training beyond traditional approaches. He has pioneered holistic pet care in the Pittsburgh region since 1994. Dr. Knueven has earned certification in veterinary acupuncture, veterinary Chinese herbal medicine and animal chiropractic. He also has advanced training in veterinary clinical nutrition, massage therapy and homeopathy. His personal research into natural nutrition for animals has made him an authority in that subject as well.
Besides his 20 plus years of experience lecturing to kennel clubs, Dr. Knueven is a popular speaker at veterinary conferences. In the past 10 years he has lectured on holistic topics at numerous conventional and holistic veterinary conferences across the United States. He also lectures regularly at veterinary schools, helping students gain an appreciation for natural nutrition and alternative medicine.
Dr. Knueven has written for Clean Run magazine and for four years he by-lined a weekly pet health column in The Beaver County Times and The Allegheny Times. He currently writes regular Q&A columns in Venture Inward Magazine and Pittsburgh Pet Connections Magazine. Dr. Knueven is the author of Stand by Me: A Holistic Handbook for Animals, Their People, and the Lives They Share Together and The Holistic Health Guide: Natural Care for the Whole Dog.
Dr. Doug lives with his wife Judy in Western Pennsylvania. They share their secluded home in the woods with their cats Vinnie and Gracie, and their little Maltese, Katy. Besides his healing work with animals, writing and speaking, Dr. Doug enjoys gardening, hiking, swimming and traveling.