Holistic Care for Your Dog & Cat

19 11 2008

The Holistic Approach or Integrative Medicine considers the whole animal, not just the physical signs. The patient’s physical and mental well being as well as diet, exercise, life-style and environmental influences are all important considerations. The aim is to allow the patient’s body to heal itself and not just to use drugs to cover up the signs.  Therapies include the medical approaches or modalities of nutrition, supplements, herbal remedies, conventional western medicine, behavior modification and immune system support. We endorse and refer patients for physiotherapy, acupuncture, chiropractic adjustment, massage, homeopathy and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Dr Lea Stogdale or Dr Kris Dyck or Dr Esther Hill listens to you, your pet’s care giver. We listen to you telling your pet’s story, to your observations, to your concerns including emotional, physical and financial, and to your hopes for your pet. We evaluate all previous blood and urine tests, X-rays and other examination findings. Our approach is: First, Do No Harm. Second, maintain quality of life without pain. And third, owner enjoyment of their pet for as long as possible. This also implies only those vet visits, tests and interventions that improve life by changing what we are doing for your dog or cat (medicine of high quality that is effective).

As each patient is unique, Dr Stogdale or Dr Dyck or Dr Hill approach each pet as an individual. Holistic medicine emphasizes health, normal activities and disease prevention. We emphasize nutrition while integrating elements from conventional and complementary medicine to enhance each other. This increases the pet’s overall health and normal life style.

At Aesops, our approach is:

  • we listen to your concerns and consider them seriously;
  • we collect all the information available including your observations about your pet, your pet’s medical history and physical findings from the examination;
  • we assess the problems and inform you of the various options for managing your pet’s issues. We will tell you our opinion, experience and recommendations;
  • we encourage you to take the time and family discussions that you need in order to reach the decision that you are most comfortable with;
  • we respect and follow your decision;
  • we empower owners in the management and care of their pets. You are the daily friend, observer and care-giver of your pet. You know your dog or cat best. We are here to support you.

In addition to Holistic consultations, Aesops offers vitamin and supplement advice, therapeutic nutrition including home made diets, vaccinations as indicated (preferably using blood titer levels), and natural supplements.

Aesops Services

Family pet health care for dogs and cats
Second opinion consultations
Holistic consultations including supplements
Nutritional therapy and customized diets
Telephone consultations
Acupuncture and Physiotherapy by referral

Please see our Current News for Aesops’ current schedule, seminars, and so on.

Please go to Pet Medical News for the latest pet medical information available.  We regularly add the latest dog and cat health care news and research results that are relevant to our pets.

Aesops Policies

  • Payment is required at the time of service by cash, or by debit or credit card.
  • Professional fees are based on time including for advice over the phone.
  • Dr Stogdale, Dr Dyck or Dr Hill work Monday to Friday, starting appointments at 10:00 am. Evening appointments are available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  • Please phone (204) 487-4744 for inquiries about our services or to schedule an appointment.
  • Professional responsibility and the CVMA and MVMA require that prescriptions may only be provided when there is a valid and current veterinarian-client-patient relationship. This means that Dr Stogdale or Dr Hill needs to have seen you and your pet within twelve months in order to prescribe or dispense medications.

Dr. Lea Stogdale DVM, Diplomate ACVIM

Lea graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Melbourne, Australia in 1970. Lea worked in general practice in Australia and England before teaching veterinary medicine in South Africa and Saskatoon for eight years.

Lea 2017 NVLea passed the veterinary small animal internal medicine specialty board exams in 1981 to become a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. In Winnipeg, she has worked in emergency and pet practice for 30 years. Lea has taken a special interest in diabetes of dogs and cats, complementary medicine and nutrition.

Dr Stogdale is an active member of various organizations:
American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM)

American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA)
Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)
Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA).

Lea enjoys and cares for her clients and patients. Her interests also include her feline friends, CBC Radio, reading, writing, skiing, cycling, and travel. She loves living in Winnipeg, enjoying the cultural variety here. Currently, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Manitoba Arts Council and an active supporter of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Nova and Siloam Mission.

Dr. Kris Dyck, DVM


Dr. Kris Dyck, DVM

Kris graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, in 1998. She worked as a mixed animal practitioner for 14 years in Manitoba, first in Notre Dame de Lourdes and then in Beausejour . In 2012, she decided to focus on
small animals and started working in Winnipeg. She has gained much experience in the area of geriatric medicine, including kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, and diabetes, and has a special interest in dental health. During these years she has often discussed cases with Dr Stogdale. She has recently joined Aesops, and looks forward to providing compassionate care for your pets alongside Dr. Stogdale and Dr. Hill.

Kris lives outside the Winnipeg with her husband and three school-age daughters. They all enjoy and participate in music, both instrument and vocal, and can often be found at Folk Festival or at a Rainbow Stage musical enjoying the talent. They love spending time outdoors canoeing or downhill skiing locally. A goofy English Mastiff dog and a cat complete their family providing entertainment and companionship.

Dr. Esther Hill, DVM

Esther has decided to work full time in general practice at Mackray Animal Hospital. We have all enjoyed working together and continue our friendship and professional consultations.



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