Sea to Sky Holistic Vet is a specialized house and farm call only veterinary practice offering high quality personalized holistic veterinary care tailored to the unique needs of your animal. For more information about equine services see our equine website www.SeatoSkyEquine.com.
Learn more about some of the different holistic treatment options offered by Dr. Aja: Rehabilitation/Conditioning, Acupuncture, Laser Therapy, Massage, Chiropractic, Herbal Medicine, Nutrition/Food Therapy, Aromatherapy, Supplements/Nutraceuticals
Sea to Sky Holistic Vet is a specialized house and farm call only vet focused exclusively on holistic care so all surgeries (including dog and cat dentistry), xrays, diagnostic ultrasound, bloodwork and emergency/urgent care is referred to other trusted veterinary clinics. A partial list of emergency clinics in western Washington can be found at the bottom of this page.
Rehabilitation & Conditioning
Physical Rehabilitation and Conditioning (a different name for what we would call Physical Therapy, PT or Physio in people) aims to restore and improve fitness and function. While rehab is extremely beneficial for reducing inflammation and pain and aiding in return to normal function and performance after an injury it’s also a powerful tool to help prevent injury and optimize health, well being and performance. Common conditions treated include arthritis, knee problems (torn ACL, kneecap issues), hip dysplasia, elbow and shoulder issues, neurologic problems, neck/back/disk issues, as well as just maintaining health and performance in healthy animals. As part of a holistic, integrative treatment plan techniques used can include therapeutic exercises and stretches, exercise/conditioning programs, as well as acupuncture, chiropractic, laser therapy, electrotherapy, massage/Tui-na, and therapeutic ultrasound. In addition to rehab work during the appointment Dr. Aja will also work with you and your pet to develop a plan for exercises and massage you can do between appointments to help your pet.
Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine which looks at the whole patient and tries to treat underlying issues rather than just focusing on symptoms. Acupuncture is a technique using very small needles to stimulate points on the body. This results in pain relief, decreases inflammation and normalizes blood flow and nerve function. Acupuncture can help in the treatment and prevention of many diseases including allergies, arthritis, kidney disease, gastrointestinal disease, lameness, thyroid disease, metabolic disease, cancer, and behavioral problems. It can also be a tool to optimize the health and performance of equine and canine athletes. Dr. Aja is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist with advanced training in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine including acupuncture. Techniques used include classic Five Elements, Meridian, and Zang-Fu needling and as well as several special gentle but powerful non-insertion needling Japanese acupuncture techniques called Teishin and Sanshin.
Sometimes called "Cold Laser" or "Low Level Laser Therapy" the scientific term is Photobiomodulation. Laser therapy uses near infrared light wavelengths (not visible to the human eye) which go into the tissue and change what the cells are doing. Within the cells it essentially "turns off" the pathways that are causing inflammation and pain and promotes healing and return to normal function. It's painless and doesn't even require direct contact to work so it's an effective option for animals that prefer minimal touching or don't enjoy acupuncture as we can stimulate acupuncture points with it as well.
The therapeutic benefits of massage have been known to cultures throughout history. It's beneficial for animals just as it is for people. Massage is helpful for reducing pain and inflammation as well as normalizing blood flow and nerve function. In addition to massage during the appointment Dr. Aja will teach you some simple but effective techniques that you can use to help your animal between appointments. Dr. Aja has advanced training in massage and bodywork techniques including Tui-Na a Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine technique which combines massage and acupressure to get many of the benefits of acupuncture without the use of needles and treatment of musculoskeletal issues and pain with Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy.
Bodies are meant to move. There's actually over a hundred joints in the body, mostly in the spine, which allow normal movement. When joints aren't moving correctly then other areas of the body have to compensate and they start moving incorrectly because they're overworking, the muscles get tight and painful from overwork, the nerves get irritated by the abnormal movement and bloodflow is altered. All of these changes lead to inflammation, altered function of the body and pain. With chiropractic treatment a veterinarian or chiropractor with special training and certification in animal chiropractic checks every joint in the body to make sure it's moving correctly. If it's not moving correctly an adjustment is done which allows the joint to then move normally again restoring normal blood flow and nerve function and reducing inflammation and pain. These adjustments are very quick and precise and typically don’t cause any discomfort. Most of the time it’s so quick and painless that people don’t even realize it’s happened! Dr. Aja is Certified in Veterinary Chiropractic by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association.
People have been using herbal medicines for thousands of years across cultures. Herbs contain many active ingredients which have physical effects on the body and mind. Today we mainly use herbal medicines from Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurvedic Medicine or from Western traditions of herbalism. Each of these types of herbal medicine use a different medical framework for diagnosing, preventing and treating disease with herbal medicine. Traditional Chinese Herbal medicine typically uses herbal formulas with 2-20 different herbs which all work synergistically in a balanced and holistic manner to treat the underlying disease. Ayurvedic Herbal medicine uses more single herbs than Traditional Chinese Medicine but some formulas with multiple herbs as well. Western herbal traditions typically use a single herb at a time. Dr. Aja has advanced training in herbal medicine and is able to prescribe Traditional Chinese, Ayurvedic or Western herbs based on the individual, unique needs of each patient.
Nutrition & Food Therapy
Nutrition is one of the most important things we can do to optimize health and to prevent and manage disease. In fact in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine the power of food to help the body stay balanced and heal itself is recognized with Food Therapy being one of the 4 branches of treatment alongside acupuncture, herbal therapy and Tui-Na (Chinese massage and acupressure). Every animal has unique needs for nutrition based on their species, breed, age, history and lifestyle. We can develop a nutrition plan targeted to you pet's exact needs to optimize health and well-being to prevent and manage disease. Many conditions can be dramatically improved with just targeted nutrition and food therapy. Check out our Blog for lots more information on food and nutrition.
This technique uses essential oils and is similar in many ways to herbal medicine in that each oil contains many active ingredients which have physical and emotional effects and they act to balance the mind and body. They are usually very short acting but this means they act more quickly than herbal medicines and they are very effective for behavioral and emotional/mental issues. Essential oils are very powerful so they need to be used very carefully but with appropriate training they are very safe and effective.
Supplements & Nutraceuticals
There are many conditions that can benefit from certain supplements. Unfortunately there are also many supplements available which are not helpful. Dr. Aja will help you understand what these supplements are actually doing and recommend those that would be beneficial based on the unique needs of your pet.
Annual wellness exams are recommended for all animals. A Wellness exam includes a physical examination, Traditional Chinese Medicine examination, chiropractic examination, orthopedic and neurological examinations, as well as an assessment of Body Condition Score, Muscle Condition Score and Pain Assessment. Since holistic veterinary care means looking at the whole picture Wellness exams also include discussions of behavior, nutrition/diet, exercise and environmental enrichment. We will work together to come up with a plan tailored to your animal's unique needs to optimize their health and wellness. These exams are an important opportunity to keep healthy animals healthy and identify potential problems early to help prevent them from becoming significant problems.
Performance Animal Care
Whether you have an equine athlete, a canine athlete, or even show dairy goats, Sea to Sky Holistic Vet can help your animals stay in top condition. We'll create a comprehensive, holistic, treatment plan to optimize health and well-being which will also optimize performance. This may include a combination of many holistic treatments like rehabilitation/conditioning, acupuncture, laser, massage, chiropractic, nutrition, herbal medicine and supplements tailored to the exact needs of your athlete.
Herd & Flock Health Care
For any herd or flock of farm animals (chickens, sheep, goats, llamas, alpacas) this service covers routine evaluation of the herd or flock including nutrition, housing, management, husbandry and disease treatment and prevention to optimize the health, well-being and productivity of all animals. It may also include routine health care procedures such as foot trims in sheep, goats, llamas, or alpacas. Herd health checks are an important tool in identifying potential problems early to prevent them from becoming significant problems and can help improve production, health and well-being of all your animals.
Is your cat walking a little funny? Is your dog hesitating a little before jumping or slowing down? Many people think that this is "just old age" but age is not a disease. Decreased energy, decreased mobility, arthritis and "old age diseases" are all treatable conditions that we can manage with a combination of Western medicine and holistic treatment options. Animals age much faster than people. Cats and dogs have decreased mental and physical capabilities as early as 6-8 years old and by 10 years old about 75% of dogs and almost 100% of cats have developed arthritis. Many conditions common in older animals like arthritis, mobility issues, thyroid issues, kidney disease, and heart disease can be managed holistically with excellent results. Even for healthy older animals as they age they have different needs for exercise, nutrition, and healthcare than young animals. We can come up with a plan tailored to your pet's unique needs to help them age gracefully.
Palliative Care, Hospice and In-Home Euthanasia
For pets with chronic, end-stage and terminal diseases Dr. Aja offers palliative and hospice care with a focus on pain management. We will discuss quality of life and options to give your pet the best possible quality of life. We'll also talk through your pet's disease process, what to expect, and how to plan for end of life decision making. Dr. Aja uses a combination of conventional Western medicine and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine techniques (acupuncture, massage, food therapy, herbal medicine) plus physical rehabilitation techniques, chiropractic, laser therapy, and aromatherapy to help your pet have the best quality of life possible. When the time is right, Dr. Aja will come to your home and help your pet transition peacefully. Please note that due to high demand in home euthanasia services are currently only available for patients in hospice care with Sea to Sky Holistic Vet.
Some Emergency and Urgent Care Providers in Western washington
Unfortunately due to high demand and the nature of house calls Dr. Aja can't be available on an urgent or emergency basis. For urgent and emergency situations contact your primary care vet or any emergency veterinary clinic. A partial list of emergency clinics is available below. If you're unsure if it's an emergency it's best to call an emergency clinic to discuss the situation. Please take your animal to an emergency facility as soon as possible if immediate treatment is needed. Situations that likely require immediate attention at an emergency facility can include: if your animal has been hit by a vehicle or attacked by another animal, is having difficulty breathing, is having seizures, has collapsed, has eaten something toxic, has a wound, seems painful, or is bleeding.
Small Animal and Exotics
Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital (360) 563-5300 11308 92nd St. SE, Snohomish, Washington 98290
Agape Pet Emergency Center (425) 742-2688 16418 7th Place West, Lynnwood, Washington 98037
Veterinary Specialty Center (425) 697-6106 20115 44th Avenue West, Lynnwood, Washington 98036
Animal Medical Center of Seattle (206) 204-3366 14810 15th Ave NE, Shoreline, Washington 98155
Five Corners Veterinary Hospital (206) 243-2982 15707 1st Avenue S., Seattle, Washington 98148
Emerald City Emergency Clinic (206) 634-9000 4102 Stone Way N., Seattle, Washington 98103
Animal Critical Care and Emergency Services (ACCES) (206) 364-1660 11536 Lake City Way, NE, Seattle, Washington 98125
Animal Emergency and Specialty (425) 827-8727 12305 120th Ave NE, Suite K, Kirkland, Washington 98034
Seattle Veterinary Specialists (425) 823-9111 11814 115th Ave. NE, Suite 102, Kirkland, Washington 98034
Animal Emergency Hospital of Redmond (425) 250-7090 16421 Cleveland Street, Ste H, Redmond, Washington 98052
After Hours Animal Emergency Clinic (253) 939-6272 718 Auburn Way North, Auburn, Washington 98002
Alpine Animal Hospital (425) 392-8888 888 NW Sammamish Road, Issaquah, Washington 98029
Animal Emergency Center of Everett (425) 258-4466 3625 Rucker Ave, Everett, Washington 98201
Pet Emergency Center (360) 848-5911 14434 Avon Allen Road, Mount Vernon, Washington 98273
Summit Veterinary Referral Center (253) 983-1114 2505 S. 80th St, Tacoma, Washington 98409
The Animal Emergency Center, Puget Sound Veterinary Referral Center (253) 474-0791 5608 South Durango Street, Tacoma, Washington 98409
The Center for Bird and Exotic Animal Medicine (425) 486-9000 11410 NE 195th St, Bothell, WA 98011
Animal Emergency and Trauma Center (360) 697-7771 320 Lindvig Way, Poulsbo, WA 98370
Pilchuck Veterinary Equine Hospital (360) 568-3111 11308 92nd St. SE, Snohomish, Washington 98290
Mount Vernon Veterinary Hospital (360) 424-4054 14110 Bradshaw Rd, Mount Vernon, WA 98272
Tacoma Equine Hospital (253) 535-6999 3112 156th St E, Tacoma, Wa 98446