Twin sisters have opened a vet surgery which treats pets with herbal remedies including mistletoe and medicinal mushrooms.
Reagan and Jordan Carnwath, 29, grew up ‘obsessed’ with animals and in their childhood would bring sick or injured creatures home to care for them.
The identical twins both studied veterinary medicine at the University of Glasgow, and Reagan graduated in 2013 with Jordan completing her studies a year later.
After finishing her studies, Reagan moved to Dumfries and Galloway to work in a rural veterinary surgery, but in 2017 she returned to her home city and established Herbal Vet Scotland.
Unlike most vet surgeries, regular services such as spaying and neutering are not performed at the practice, in Glasgow‘s South Side.
Instead, complementary holistic treatment is given in addition to regular medical care provided elsewhere, on a referral basis meaning medical records can be accessed.
Pet owners could be issued with recipes for meals to cook for their pets, and acupuncture could be performed as a form of pain relief.
But Reagan says the business is the ‘first of its kind’ in Scotland, and their patients include cats, dogs, and horses.
She stays at the Glasgow branch while Jordan travels further afield in Scotland to visit patients on their farms.
Reagan said: “We’re the only dedicated herbal practice of its kind in Scotland.
“If animals need conventional treatments we’ll send them back to their regular vets but we choose to model on holistic medicine and it seems to work well.
“In North America it’s really big with vets that work in this way.
“It’s important because it shows these treatments are effective.
“A lot of people worry about coming across a vet like us and wonder how effective it is.
“We’re not replacing conventional veterinary care.
“We see a lot of animals with skin diseases and cancers.
“We’re not saying ‘we can cure cancer’, but we have a whole lot of treatments we do such as injections of mistletoe and diet changes.
“One of our patients got diagnosed with a rare form of cancer of the adrenal gland and the vet said it would be weeks to months to live.
“We saw the dog and started him on weekly injections of mistletoe and now he’s doing really well – he’s full of energy and acting like a puppy again.
“We won’t say we’ve cured him, but he’s living a really good quality of life.
“He’s on medication to control his blood pressure, that’s the only conventional medicine he’s on.
“He’s also on a home cooked diet and medicinal mushrooms as well.”
Both sisters believe that raw diets, including raw meat, can be beneficial to animals – but they also provide owners with recipes for home cooked meals.
Reagan, from Cambuslang, Glasgow, said: “We give the owners recipes and they cook them up at home.
“They cook a big batch up and can freeze it so it’s not too time consuming.
“An advantage is you know exactly what’s going on.
“Dog food can be quite processed with meat derivatives.”
Herbal powders, creams and ointments are also prescribed as treatment, along with mistletoe injections.
Reagan said a home cooked diet and herbal treatments can be ‘preventative’ and keep animals healthier so they don’t need as much conventional veterinary care.
She said: “Some conventional medicines like steroids are super cheap but others are really expensive.
“We offer puppy and kitten consultations to get diets right, reducing needs for over vaccination – setting them up to be as healthy for as long as possible.
“It’s really the future of preventative medicine.”
Reagan added: “Since little girls we were obsessed with animals and we’ve been lucky to grow up and realise our dream to become vets.
“We were animal mad and always bringing injured ones home to our mum, much to her delight.”
Source: Daily Record
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