Our Success Stories

Nothing is more gratifying or heartening than seeing a pet’s health improve, their energy return, and their playful activities resume.

Below are just a few of the many stories of pets that have benefited from treatments with our inspired physicians at Holistic Veterinary Care.

These pets received treatment modalities such as Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, acupuncture, Pulsed Signal Therapy, chiropractic, herbal medicine and nutritional counseling as part of a holistic approach.

If you’d like to find out if holistic care is right for your pet, visit our homepage to request a free phone consultation or call us at (510) 339-2600

If you are a client of ours, click here to share your story with us and fellow pet owners. Thank you!

Jack is a handsome 5 year old chocolate Labrador that came to us with an immensely swollen leg and a defeated spirit. Diagnosed with what seemed to be a black widow spider bite on his rear leg, Jack was referred to us for hyperbaric oxygen treatment to reduce swelling. After just a few treatments, Jack began feeling better and significant improvements were seen as the swelling began to go down. By the end of Jack’s treatments, he went from a lethargic and depressed Labrador to a healthy and energetic one. He bounded into Holistic Vet Care for a re-check from Dr. Richter and was like a completely brand new dog. His owner was very grateful for his improvements and continues to send us updates.

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Athena is a gorgeous husky mix that was becoming highly anemic due to the side effects of a large amount of medications she was given to treat an auto-immune disorder. While she never lost her spunk or her love for treats, she began to experience the negative side effects of her anemic reaction. After several treatments in our hyperbaric chamber, Athena not only felt better, but was less anemic and we were able to successfully reduce her prescription dosages. Athena was a staff favorite because of her beautiful coat and her sweet nature. Her parents were amazed by the improvements they saw and she continues to thrive.

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A touching testimonial from Jillian, who talks about her remarkable experience at Holistic Vet Care. Her dog, Drake, was diagnosed with cancer and was told he only had 3 months to live, even with chemotherapy. Upon hearing such devastating news, she took Drake to Holistic Vet Care, where Dr. Richter put Drake on a series of holistic treatments which allowed Drake to become cancer free!

Hey, don’t take our word for it, here is Jillian herself. Way to go Jillian and Drake!

Here is Evan, talking about her experience at Holistic Vet Care and how Dr. Richter along with the rest of the staff helped her dog.

“Last August (2012) Jeff and I excitedly moved to the Bay Area, for his dream job and my happy retirement. We did not ship, nor fly, our beloved elderly dogs to California. Instead, we left them in good care and waited until we could drive them across country during the Christmas holiday. Gizmo, a pekingese, is now 15. Simon, a Shi-Tzu, is 13. They have the normal aging concerns and I researched the Bay area to find (what I KNEW was here somewhere) a Vet that was forward thinking and used integrative means to treat. HolyCowHolyMoses!!!!! When I found Holistic Vet Care and Dr. Richter, it was so much more than I’d hoped for.”

Click here to read Gizmo and Simon’s success story!

“Boomer, my 9 year old Standard Poodle had been diagnosed with Chronic Hepatitis about four years ago. His liver was enlarged, making him uncomfortable and listless. He was no longer his usual, playful self, and his liver enzymes were extremely elevated. I realized at this point, that traditional “Western” medicine modalities were not helping my poor baby.

I really had no idea what to expect when I took Boomer to see Dr. Richter. I just figured, it couldn’t hurt, and hopefully, it would help. Dr. Richter and his staff made us feel…”

Click here to read Boomer and Duke’s success story!

“Iris was a rescue who spent her whole life in a cage. Her right hip was very weak with a funny gait. After her first adjustment I was very excited on how her gait changed and how much further she could walk and get around without as much pain. I feel like every animal should get chiropractic care because it works so well.”

- Susan A.

“Our 11 year old lab (Chief) was completely crippled and unable to walk at all when we returned from a trip last summer. We truly believed he would not make it through the week when we came to Holistic for a last ditch effort. Beth and her crew were so great! We took their advice and between the acupuncture, the meds, the therapeutic swims and the expert TLC, Chief is like a new dog! I heartily recommend to anyone that, if their animal is hurting, give them a try and you will add years of healthful enjoyment to their life!” - Michael and Cynthia Karasik

“Dr. Richter: Thank you for the care Dr. Lisa Koenig and you have provided for my Labs. Dr. Lisa’s chiropractic treatments and advice on supplements have kept my 14 1/2 year old yellow Lab happy, mobile, and comfortable, for which I am extremely grateful.”

- Pam Streitfeld

“Our sweet, adorable cockapoo, Odie, has been an important member of our family for over 10 years.

Odie was losing his vision due to a genetic eye disorder known at PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy). It was happening gradually over a 2 year period, probably longer. We didn’t notice until he couldn’t find the toys we tossed for him, and occasionally would bump into something. This started happening more often. Then he started having trouble navigating the stairs…”

Click here to read Odie’s success story!

Meet Kettle

Kettle is a 15-year-old feline that loves to careen down hallways and snuggle on his owner’s lap.

The Situation

After a routine checkup at the beginning of the year, Kettle was diagnosed with renal failure. The owner had heard only distressing news about CRF, so by the time she came to see Dr. Richter she was understandably upset…

Click here to read Kettle’s success story!


Meet Poppy

Poppy is a very inquisitive young adult female kitty that likes to get into everything.

The Situation

Poppy’s owner brought her into Montclair Veterinary Hospital after witnessing the cat “twitching” with middle-back discomfort. Poppy had been playing near a tall bookcase and knocked over a large vase, which may have fallen on top of her. The pain began after that incident…

Click here to read Poppy’s success story!

"We are so happy with the progress our Beagle has had after going through the Hyperbaric Chamber at Holistic Vet Care. Our Beagle had 2 intestinal surgeries in the matter of a week due to a few strings from a rope dog toy. He was not recovering well and our Vet recommended we try the HBOT treatments to see if it would help. This was our last option to his recovery being a success. Toby did 4 treatments (2 per day) and after day 2 he was finally alert and moving around. He is a fighter and we attribute it to the care of Dr. Richter and his team on a phenomenal innovation to help dogs in the healing process. THANK YOU for our family to yours... we highly recommend your services."

Amy N. - Menlo Park, CA

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