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Lafayette, California
We are one of the few veterinary clinics in the Bay Area that is exclusively dedicated to Holistic Medicine. This allows us to concentrate our energies 100% on healing via holistic modalities. Our focus is on energetic healing and while we have some western medications available, we rarely need to use them. We are committed to your animal's health and well-being. All products used for cleaning are green and non-toxic. We implement strategies to reduce our carbon foot print and use green and recycled products where possible. We take all of our patients care and well being very seriously. We are passionate about what we do. Every day we are excited to make a difference in animals lives, whether it be offering non-invasive options for a terminal illness to advising owners on natural methods for rearing their new puppy.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Newsletter for August 2011
Hot off the press… new services and new products!

Feed This, Inc.
“Commercial food (called kibble) was introduced about in the 1940's, mainly to help large kennels feed animals faster and to provide food for military dogs. Since then the Kibble industry has boomed. You can find every flavor on the market, as well as special diets for various ailments.” Feed This, Inc

Feed This, Inc. provides already packaged and individually portioned out raw food that are free of grains, yeast and dairy. Each package contains 6 daily meals, including a “bones only” day. Offering your companion animal a diet rich in protein and excluding high allergens (ie. corn, soy, wheat, dairy), will provide healthy gut flora and elevated immune system support. 

Please call Alternatives for Animals at 925 283-6160 to start your furry friend on a specially formulated Feed This, Inc. diet regimen.

Young Living Essential Oils
“Raindrop Technique® combines the art of aromatherapy with the techniques of Vita Flex and massage in the application of essential oils to various areas of the body. This collection provides a revolutionary means of bringing balance and harmony to the body - physically, mentally, and emotionally.” Young Living
After a recent 2-day course in therapeutic essential oils, Dr Rettig is pleased to announce the introduction of Young Living’s Essential Oils at A4A! All essential oils are organically grown and are therapeutic grade. Young Living essential oils are now offered in spray, diffuser, and topical methods. Particularly helpful is the Raindrop Technique. This is based on the theory that viruses and bacteria lie dormant along the spine, where they create inflammation, contort the spinal column and can impair internal organs and the nervous system. 

To find out if incorporating essential oils is helpful for the wellbeing of your furry friend, please call Alternatives for Animals at 925 283-6160. (Note: Please avoid if you have any sensitivities to aromas.)

Animal Dental Care
“Animal Dental has been the leader in non-anesthetic pet dentals since 1992. Our technicians are highly trained and only work under the direct supervision of veterinary doctors. Non-anesthetic dental cleaning is available to dogs and cats. It is a 7-step process including: oral examination, supragingival cleaning, subgingival cleaning, polishing, post cleaning examination and charting.” Animal Dental Care
We’ve already had a couple visits with Animal Dental Care and are pleased with the results! We plan to have them return for another day of dental care on October 21st, 2011. 

Please call Alternatives for Animals at 925 283-6160 to for more information. (Note: Applies only to patients of Alternatives for Animals.)

Wellness Packages

- Senior Wellness Package $200: includes acupuncture, chiropractic and massage 1 each per month.
- Arthritis Package $395: includes 1 acupuncture, 1 chiropractic, 1 massage and 4 laser sessions.
(Note: Applies only to patients of Alternatives for Animals. Please call 925 283-6160 to schedule.)

Email Correspondences
Dr. Rettig receives an enormous amount of emails daily. Some involve lengthy responses, research, and reviewing of test results from another clinic to develop a treatment plan. Unfortunately, due to the volume of emails and the time involved responding, we are instituting a fee for email responses that fall into the above categories. All inquiries will be responded to within 48 hours. 

(Note: Please be aware that the A4A is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Any emergencies need to be called in to either Alternatives for Animals at 925 283-6160, or your traditional veterinarian.)

Thank you for your trust with your furry loved ones!
The A4A Gals

Monday, August 29, 2011

Our friend, the remarkably gifted and delightfully soothing, Victoria Tugwell offers the healing powers of massage to canine and feline patients at A4A. Below are some indications for massage. In addition, she provides relief using Reiki and cranio sacral work. 

Benefits of massage

Massage can be beneficial for the following and more:
Anxiety: Reducing stress and anxiety by building a bond between human and dog through touch and acceptance.
Competition: aiding in reduction of sore and tired muscles to enable the dog to move more freely and reach its optimal performance.
The family pet:  To be happy and content in its everyday environment. To encourage better muscle tone and function, better joint mobility and assist in reducing the effects of postural imbalances and abnormal gaits. 
With Veterinary Guidance, Aiding in Rehabilitation from Injury and Illness:
 Reduces pain and inflammation. Promotes the circulation of blood, oxygen and nutrients to muscle tissue. Promotes healing .

For more information, visit her website. You can call A4A at 925 283-6160 to schedule an appointment.