From the 1980s until 15 years ago, Dr. Jeff Feinman was Westport’s “HomeVet.”
With clients like Paul Newman, Keir Dullea and Patti Davis — and hundreds of less famous, but equally loving pet owners — he was known for his house calls.
Inside their homes — watching dynamics between animals and humans — he developed a holistic approach to treatment.
Medications like antibiotics and anti-inflammatories have their place, “Dr. Jeff” notes. But he helps pets (and their owners) heal naturally too.
A neurodegenerative disease led to Dr. Jeff’s pivot to online treatment. His HomeVet site offers advice like: Do a “sniff walk” with your pet. Let it engage with the environment, and “feel the awe of nature.”
Many problems have to do with their owners, he says. Their worries can exacerbate issues for their pets.
“Dogs and cats go with the flow,” Dr. Jeff says. “Humans get in the way, with all our own fears.”
Now he’s gone one step further. His newest site, HolisticActions, offers new ways to learn how holistic care and conventional veterinary medicine work together. Through forums, webinars and consultations, members can access professional advice and community support.
With one-on-one guidance, Dr. Jeff is returning to the personal approach he enjoyed when he was just starting here.
This past Friday morning, he had a 2-hour consultation scheduled with an owner in Pennsylvania. The dog had diarrhea, and skin, ear and behavioral problems.
Dr. Jeff planned to advise the owner on upgrading his pet’s diet, from processed to fresh food. He’d talk about ways to re-engage with the animal, to help the dog re-engage with the world.
The vet points to a Westport client’s dog, diagnosed with nasal cancer that had metastasized to the brain.
With chemotherapy and radiation, the pet’s prognosis was 6 months. Following Dr. Jeff’s homeopathic protocol, he says, the animal lived for 18 months — pain-free.
“Researching and teaching love-based strategies that heal pets are my all-consuming passions,” Dr. Jeff says.
“I’m enjoying reconnecting with our Westport community, to help in any way I can.”
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