FAQ

What does “integrative veterinary medicine” mean?

Integrative veterinary medicine is a specific approach to treating pets. As an integrative veterinarian, I take the best of conventional practices and “integrate” alternative medical practices such as nutritional therapy, homeopathy, and acupuncture to address a pet’s overall health — not just their illness. In other words — instead of just finding a treatment, my goal is to help pets regain their full health so their bodies can naturally keep illnesses at bay. This way, they can truly thrive.


I’d love to schedule an appointment with you. Do you still see clients?

Thank you so much for your interest. At this time, I’m not accepting new patients. Creating integrative pet health formulas, while educating as many people as I can about the importance of pet nutrition, is my primary focus right now.

However, the team at Smith Ridge Veterinary Center — where I practiced for more than 45 years — will be more than happy to consult with you. You can learn more about Smith Ridge Veterinary Center by visiting their website.

To see available integrative veterinarians near you, check out this register by the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association: ahvma.org


What kind of food is best for my pets?

I’ve learned that the best way to keep our pets healthy and happy for the long run, is to feed them a raw, whole-food diet — similar to what their ancient ancestors would have eaten.

The problem is, most store-bought pet foods are filled with tons of unnecessary carbohydrates, meat by-products, and potentially harmful additives that are anything but natural. Equally troubling, these foods are often cooked at high temperatures — which destroys much of the remaining nutrients, and doesn’t give pets the high-quality nutrition they need.

I’m proud to say I’ve crafted a fully raw food blend for both cats and dogs to tackle this problem head-on. These blends are packed with premium proteins and antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies to support your pet from nose to tail. If you’re interested in learning more about Nature’s Blend and Nature’s Feast, click here.


Do you have any pets?

Yes! I have a huge pet family :). I’m a pet parent to three dogs, two cats, one pony, eight chickens, two birds, and one bunny. As you can imagine, I absolutely love caring for animals, and have had pets my whole life.


My dog has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, what treatments do you recommend?

I’m so sorry to hear this. I suggest making an appointment with an integrative vet in your area as soon as you can. You’ll find a register of holistic and integrative veterinarians in the United States here: ahvma.org


My dog was diagnosed with pancreatitis and has dietary restrictions. Can they eat Dr. Marty’s Pets food?

You should always follow the instructions of your veterinarian, especially when your dog has dietary restrictions. If you think your dog would benefit from eating Nature’s Blend, take a bag into your next appointment. The ingredients list is short and simple, so you can easily talk with your vet about how your dog can benefit from eating this food


Got a puzzling pet question?

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*Please note that I cannot answer specific questions regarding medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment for your pet. If you suspect that your pet is ill or have a question regarding a medical condition, please contact your veterinarian directly. All information provided on DrMarty.com is designed to support — not replace — the relationship between your pet and your veterinarian.