A healthy and happy pet doesn’t necessarily mean a happy and healthy owner, but it certainly can improve one’s mental and emotional health. With that in mind, The Queens Tribune interviewed Doctor John Lu, who is a partner and veterinarian at Queens Animal Health in Fresh Meadows. The following question and answer was edited for space and clarity.
Queens Tribune: What sparked your interest in working with and treating animals?
John Lu: Vets are generally animal lovers before we start with a career as a vet!
QT: Would you say your approach to treatment and rehabilitation with animals works well in Queens given the diversity of the borough?
JL: Dr. Burton Miller and I have both practiced holistic veterinary medicine, including Acupuncture and Chinese herbs, for 20+ and 30+ years respectively. New Yorkers and Queensites are smart. Our clients work with us to take care of many cases holistically, but not for all cases.
QT: Can you describe some of the types of holistic treatments you have done recently?
JL: Acupuncture and chinese herbs for herniated disc disease, allergy, liver/kidney problems, arthritis and many other chronic diseases. We formulate many of our own herbal compounds in-house if the commercial alternative is not available.
QT: What percentage of treatments are traditional versus non-traditional?
JL: We have about 20% holistic, 80% conventional.
QT: Do you take all types of animals, or is there a specific focus area of the practice?
JL: Mainly Dogs and cats, some ferrets, rabbits and small rodents, and birds with certain doctors. We don’t see monkeys.
QT: What is your advice to pet owners out there who are deciding where and how to treat their pets ailment?
JL: It is difficult for a client to judge a medical professional’s ability to help their beloved pets, I would advise trying to get a second opinion. Dogs and cats don’t lie. If whatever the reason your pets not getting better with the current doctor, you need to seek the second opinion.