Happy February! Hope everyone has a good start with a wonderful and energizing, fresh January of this newly arrived 2018. Being good Taiwanese Americans who are well immersed in traditional Chinese culture, Helen and Lily want to remind you that the Chinese New Year is around the corner, and this coming “New Year” will be the year of the dog! A second chance to make the new year resolutions and actually putting them into practice if the first ones didn’t work out so well just yet (Just kidding).
If the “first new year” was the one for ourselves, then maybe right now, it’s a good time to pause, and direct our intentions to focus on providing a better care that will ensure the quality of life of our beloved furry friends in this coming new year of the dog. Does Fluffy need to lose some weight from indulging too much during the holidays? It’s a great time to re-consider Fluffy’s nutrition and exercise regimen. Has Norman been suffering from arthritic pain and the on-and-off NSAIDs and pain medications that just don’t do the tricks anymore? It would be a great timing now to seek out for alternative solutions with a certified integrative veterinarian! Did you adopt a puppy or a kitten over the holidays but the little one just hasn’t quite settled yet, and this year started out being a constant struggle for you? Now it would be a crucial timing to correct that for both you and the new family member! Whatever it is that you want to achieve together with your best and most trust worthy furry companions, please don’t miss the opportunity to set the intentions now! Wish this year will be abundant, joyful, and full of positive changes for all of us!
The core of Vetcreations has always been about creating wellness and finding happiness, and we want to apply that to not only the beloved pets, but also the caretakers. We are well aware that everything begins with ourselves, and our humanity. We have to stand strong first in order to carry the big rule of literally being the whole world for our pets.
As a means to exercise both our physical and mental muscles, we went to Ojai, CA for a yoga retreat a few weeks ago. How interesting that everything is connected. Even though the trip was solely for ourselves as people, we were encouraged to channel ourselves into our inner animal spirits-- to live in the moment, and to live life to the fullest. Let go of the noise from worry, fear, insecurity, and just focus on being. Have you seen a dog playing at the beach, chasing the waves, barking from being so excited and happy that s/he just has to make some noise? Do you think that dog is worrying about getting wet, being dirty, and upset that the salty air is irritating his lungs? No! He is focusing on the fun of just being and playing! He seizes the moment! Have you seen your cat lounging in the sun, yarning, enjoying, sleeping, and purring? Do you think this very moment, the cat is meticulously calculating and scheming how to be the most resourceful cat in the neighborhood? Do you think the cat is sunbathing and meanwhile mourning the loss of opportunity to eat more breakfast before the food was taken away? No!
Then why do we?
We can learn so much from our furry companions on the daily basis, and yet we overlook the precious opportunities. We can enjoy the life with pets so much more and so much fuller by just focusing on the moments that we share, instead of worrying. Worrying for their longevity, worrying about their health, worrying that we are not good enough pet owners. To help alleviate the fear and worry of a loving pet owner has been one of the strongest motivations to push both Helen and Lily constantly becoming even better veterinarians. We know that only when we empower the caretakers with knowledge and good medicine, will the pets live good quality of lives. With the same principles and goals, we created Vetcreations. We hope that by providing high quality products, Vetcreations will be part of the solution to cease pet lovers’ fear, and thus fully engaging each moment that our pets share with us.
The first Vetcreations workshop was a great success! We had a fun and awesome crowd, spent a wonderful afternoon talking about food, making food, and of course, eating food!
With the modern busy lifestyles, the therapeutic power of both eating nutritious food and taking the time to actually prepare a meal is often overlooked. Through taking the time to have a discussion on food with a different cultural perspective, taking the time to actually taste foods and experience their various “thermal natures,” taking the time to cook a fresh and balanced meal for our pets, we empowered and reminded ourselves that when it comes to feeding our pets, we have so many more options than just relying on a bag or a can of commercially prepared pet food.
Thank you to our loving and supportive participants, especially those who had traveled far for their fur babies! We are always so inspired and motivated by our pet lover community!
Our paths crossed in 2014 while working shifts together at a West Hollywood small animal hospital. We quickly bonded with each other over our similar interests and hobbies. We were very excited to learn that we both shared similar philosophies on veterinary medicine. We practice Integrative Medicine - combining modern Western Medicine with Traditional Chinese Medicine. We know that everything exists in a balance and it is this balance that brings wellness. We share the same passion about bringing wellness to pets and people as well - and it was with this passion that we found our company Vetcreations. This is our way of reaching out to the pet community to find ways to create wellness and find happiness in their lives.
When we began this journey, we spent a lot of time discussing our dreams and hopes for veterinary medicine. We both believe that lifestyle and food are the fundamental blocks to healthy lives. We both love food and have spent a lot of our time talking with each other over delicious meals. In fact, we conceived the idea of colostrum and turmeric supplements while sharing a traditional broth dish in a busy Japanese restaurant. From there, we spent a year crafting the treats - we wanted them to be therapeutic supplements with the best natural ingredients possible. We tried different recipes and experimented with the coatings for the colostrum treats - ensuring that the colostrum is never cooked and remains bioavailable to the body - while insisting not adding any sugars or preservatives. (Therefore please remember to refrigerate the Vetcreations treats! They are perishable!) We spent countless hours, baked batches and batches of the treats, and all in the meanwhile shared deep conversations, good laughs, and generally good times together. And now, in 2017, we officially launched our supplemental treats. We are so proud of them as they represent our labor of love, and also are tiny packages of what we believe in - that we are conscientious about our choices in treating our pets - even as simple as giving out a treat, it can contain the best thing for their health. And we know pets love them! Even the pickiest dogs we have offered the treats to just devoured them.
We are grateful for everyone who is a part of this community and sharing our journey. We will always be open to conversations about how we can help you and your pets.
After one year of planning and plotting, we as two mostly mellow tempered but somehow detail obsessive perfectionists, finally found the most suitable occasion to introduce Vetcreations to our close friends, both human and non-human--- A holiday party! We were so excited to share our visions on pet care through Vetcreations with our human friends, and of course, very proud to present our yummy supplementing artisan treats to our furry friends, who wolf down the treats in no time!
What we are trying to deliver through Vetcreations is that the pet care to strengthen precious human-animal bond, is not only about the products, but most importantly, it’s the positive attitude and awareness towards the lifestyle, and the collective efforts from the community that truly matter! As a result, besides continuing efforts on product improving and development, Vetcreations will also create workshops and events that will help pet lovers connect to veterinary professionals and bring the community together. It definitely takes a village when it comes to caring and being responsible for another living being that is capable of giving and receiving love!
We were empowered by the positive feedback from the party participants. With the love and support from our friends and colleagues, we believe that Vetcreations is off to a good start! Thank you everyone!!
Special thanks to The Common Houses and Karma Rescue, for sharing the space and introducing special community programs to us!