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Holistic Veterinary Clinic

Holistic Vet Dublin is housed within Portmarnock Vet Clinic. This makes Portmarnock Vet Clinic the first fully integrated veterinary practice, combining methods with holistic, natural therapies in the treatment of animals. Holistic treatments come into their own when there is no conventional treatment available.

Integrative Approach

All of the practitioners at Portmarnock Vets are fully trained, licenced veterinary surgeons. They are experienced in conventional medicine as well as the less widely available but increasingly popular holistic approach. We always consider your animal's welfare to be paramount and have the means to resort whichever form of treatment fits you and your pet at that point in time.


This is an ancient form of medicine based on an ancient philosophy that describes the universe and the body in terms of two opposing forces: yin and yang. When these forces are in balance the body is healthy. Energy called "Qi" (pronounced "chee") flows along specific pathways called meridians throughout the body. This constant flow keeps the yin and yang forces balanced. However, if the energy gets blocked, the disruption can lead to pain, lack of function or illness. Acupuncture can release the blocked Qi in the body stimulating a natural healing response through various physiological systems. It works in the same way for animals as it does for people and is particularly effective for controlling pain in musculo-skeletal problems such as arthritis and spinal problems, reducing the requirement for pharmaceutical painkillers.


Homeopathy is a natural, gentle and effective system of medicine which uses remedies derived from the natural world ie plants, animals and minerals to stimulate the body to heal itself. It works on a principle of like cures. The important part of the process is to match the remedy to the patient. In order to do this a detailed history must be taken so the first consultation can last for up to an hour. In this time we talk about your pet, their personality, likes and dislikes. We examine your pet and go through the medical history. We discuss diet and can advise supplements. The first consultation is just the start.

Herbal Medicine

Herbal Medicine is the dispensing and prescribing of natural remedies derived from plants and botanical sources.

Natural and Fresh Feeding

We are what we eat. Nutrition is key to a healthy, well pet and it is important that your pet is on a healthy natural diet so that he or she can heal. We can advise where to buy good quality, cost effective pet food or how to make a healthy, balanced diet at home. Different dogs and cats have different requirements, based on species, breed, age and disease conditions. As vets we are also familiar with prescription and veterinary marketed formulations and can advise accordingly.

Natural Parasite Control

We stock a range of products which are used to control fleas, ticks, worms and mites, both chemical and natural.

Prebiotics & Probiotics

It has been widely known for some time that gut health is a key to general health and wellbeing. Recent research into the gut biome shows that an imbalance in the bacterial flora (bacteria and yeasts in the intestine) can lead not only to digestive disturbances and cancer but to emotional and neurological problems. The gut is being referred to as a second brain where the bacteria in the bowel can directly influence emotion, appetite and feelings of stress and vice versa. The holistic approach has taken this into account.


A neutraceutical is a supplement derived from food which is held to have health benefits in addition to its nutritional value. They have been popular in the veterinary market for some years. The vets at Portmarnock have been using these products since they first hit the veterinary market 30 years ago and know which ones to dispense.



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