In an orthomolecular consultation Bas Peeters considers which therapy, or complement to a conventional therapy, could be used to treat the patient. Consultation takes about half an hour.
Alongside the specific complaint as presented by the owner, an orthomolecular consultation will mainly focus on:
- detailed questions about the nutritional condition of the animal, its weight or overweight, daily feeding pattern, faeces, history of bowel movement, and behaviour.
- the oral cavity: teeth and gums show what an animal eats.
- skin and coat are a reflection of the patient’s internal condition; even the smell of the coat can give a lot of information about digestive processes and disorders.
- character and behaviour: we take time to observe the patient, let the animal walk around freely in the treatment room or take it outdoors. An animal that has calmed down will more readily reveal what’s wrong. A patient in pain will have difficulty making the pain visible when strained and standing on a table.
- a thorough physical check.
An orthomolecular consultation often shows that the patient has not had sufficient regular examination. For an orthomolecular practitioner, as for any other medical clinician, it’s important to have basic information available from blood counts, echo and X-ray tests and so on. An initial parasitology examination may for instance be needed for cats or dogs with chronic diarrhea, or a good skin scraping taken from an itching puppy.
If it becomes clear during this consultation that another conventional kind of treatment could be successful, that option will obviously be offered. We sum up the advantages and disadvantages together with the client.
If you want to schedule an appointment for an orthomolecular consultation, please state so explicitly when you call us.