Our Collaborative Approach to Your Pet's Health
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical technique used for over 3,000 years in China, Japan and Korea. Needles are placed in designated points to effect various changes in the body to decrease pain, help heal injuries or disease conditions, stimulate or regulate immune responses, and/or decrease anxiety or behavioral issues.
Chiropractors use spinal “adjustments” to reduce subluxation and help restore vital nervous system communication. The chiropractic method of pain inhibition is a combination of mechanical, soft tissue, neurological and physiological aspects.
Animals benefit from massage very much like people do. Our massage therapists work with different techniques to do both gentle and deep tissue massage. The massages can be invaluable to the healing process. Massage increases circulation to problem areas, stretches muscles that are poorly or improperly used due to injury or disease, and sometimes just helps a spasming muscle to finally relax.
In humans, physical therapy is widely used to help people recover from trauma, surgeries, illnesses, arthritis, obesity and other problems. We use similar techniques to help animals recover from many of the same conditions. There are a number of therapies that can be used. The underwater treadmill is one method. We also can use or recommend therapeutic exercises, agility techniques, theraband limb work, exercise balls, proprioception equipment, or therapeutic clothing. We work with the animal and the owner to design a program that will work best for them.
Mission & History
The Royal Treatment Veterinary Center (RTVC), under the supervision of Dr. Barbara Royal, is a veterinary facility for veterinary rehabilitation, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, herbal and nutritional consultation, holistic medicine, and chronic care. Dr. Royal has been a veterinarian for over 20 years, graduating with high honors from the University of Illinois in 1995. She has completed certification coursework in Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, and has been trained in Veterinary Rehabilitation. She has practiced acupuncture and alternative medicine for over 13 years. She has also been a specialist at the Veterinary Specialty Center, general medicine practitioner at Family Pet Animal Hospital, emergency veterinarian, and an exotic/zoo consultant.
We are both a traditional as well as complementary veterinary practice. We believe that animals can benefit from a comprehensive and integrative approach to their medical care. Working with veterinarians and other specialists, we strive to improve and extend the quality of life for your pet. We have state-of-the-art underwater treadmills with incline and resistance jet features for therapeutic uses and conditioning. We can also employ the use of a large free-swim pool located in our building at STAY Dog Hotel.
At the Royal Treatment Veterinary Center, animals are individually assessed for any health, nutrition, mobility or behavioral issues. We may recommend any combination of alternative therapies and/or possible return to Western medical veterinarians for further treatment. When an animal comes under our care, our comprehensive approach can decrease pain, increase mobility, invigorate health, and improve energy. Owners can regularly consult with us about the care of any age pet with any condition.
Meet Our Team
Dr. Barbara Royal, DVM, CVA
Dr. Maria VonderHaar, DVM, CVA, CVSMT
Dr. Tricia Stimac, DVM, CVA, CVSMT
Dr. Arielle Herndobler, DVM, CVA, CVSMT
What our clients (and patients) say
EVENTS - RECALLS - USEFUL ARTICLES
In a surprising but delightful turn of scientific events, a team of researchers from the esteemed California A&M Polterstudy University and the well-respected Boston P&M Pixigram Institute have conclusively determined that food has absolutely no affect on pet health. Their research has shown that we should forget nutrition in favor of more scientific medical management[…]
Each year on Valentine’s Day, the poison control center reports a significant rise in cases of poisoned pets around February 14. Here are a few guidelines to ensure a safe Valentine’s Day for your furry loved one!
Carnivore Meat Company has voluntarily recalled a single lot of Vital Essentials Frozen Chicken Patties that tested positive for Salmonella during routine FDA testing. No other products have been affected by this recall. Full information about the recall can be found on Vital Essentials’ website. The single lot involved in this voluntary recall is: […]
Get a sneak peek of the upcoming coffee table book “The Chicago Pet Project”! Pre-order your copy today. Proceeds of this book support Millie’s Mission, The PuppyMill Project’s rescue fund. Millie’s Mission helps other organizations involved in the direct rescue of puppy mill dogs pay for their extensive veterinary expenses. Photography by Karen Morgan.
Happy New Year from Dr. Royal, Dr. VonderHaar, Dr. Stimac, and the entire Staff of The Royal Treatment Veterinary Center!
As 2015 winds down and we begin looking forward to what we want to accomplish in 2016, now is the perfect time to curl up with a good book like Dr. Royal’s “101 Reasons to Get Out of Bed” for inspiration. Richard Branson, Founder of the Virgin Group which includes Virgin Unite (the entrepreneurial foundation[…]
We are excited to announce that Dr. Stimac will be leaving the practice to go on maternity leave beginning January 1st, 2016.
Beginning December 10th, Stella & Chewy’s is voluntarily recalling four of it’s products sold in the USA and Canada due to the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes. The recall was prompted by a positive test for Listeria during routine quality testing by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Dr. Barbara Royal’s new book “101 Reasons To Get Out of Bed” is now available in the US in paperback and EBook. Come celebrate the release of this highly anticipated new book Thursday, December 10th at PAWS Chicago Adoption Center, 1997 N. Clybourn Ave, 5pm – 8pm.
There is no doubt that we take bacteria here seriously at the Royal Treatment and to kick off the holiday season we were reminded today that bacteria play a role in just about everything that happens around us.
Happy Halloween from Dr. Barbara “Rotten” Royal & The Staff and a big thank you to everyone that submitted a photo for our virtual Halloween Pet Parade! We hope everyone has a very fun and safe holiday. Here are just a few helpful tips to make sure you and your pet have the best Halloween possible –
We are still seeing cases of influenza in Chicago. Here is a simple recipe for bone broth to help soothe congestion and cough.
Bacteria! Ugh! or Yum? From Deadly to Delicious, How to Naturally Manage Bacteria for Optimal Pet Health
Join Dr. Barbara Royal, DVM, CVA on Saturday October 24th online at the National Canine Healthy Symposium – The largest online holistic canine care conference on the planet!
Beginning Thursday, October 15th, Dr. Royal will be out of town for a veterinary continuing education conference. Her good friend and colleague Dr. Susan Fife will be available to see appointments Thursday 10/15 through Saturday 10/17.
Join Dr. Barbara Royal tonight to discuss Anti-aging & Life Extension for You and Your Pet at the PAWS Chicago Training Center, from 6 – 8 p.m.
The Healthy Happy Dog Summit will train YOU to provide the happiest, healthiest life possible for your pup! With 30 world experts sharing their knowledge, they’ll teach you the best ways give your dogs the wonderful lives they deserve!
On July 24th, Nature’s Variety announced a voluntary recall of their Instinct Raw Chicken Formula for dogs with a “Best By” date of 04/27/16 because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella.
Carnivore Meat Company, producers of Vital Essentials raw food, has issued a voluntary recall of two Frozen Beef Tripe products due to the detection of Listeria in product tested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. More information is available below and on Vital Essential’s Official Website.
Full information, including a list of products affected by these recalls can be found on the Stella & Chewy’s Company Website.
The Fourth of July is a fun time for kids and adults but it can be scary for your pets. How do you keep your little guys from getting scared by the fireworks this weekend? Dr. Barbara Royal from the Royal Treatment Vet Center has the answers!
The Royal Treatment will be open with reduced hours on Friday, July 3rd from 9am until 1pm. We will be closed on Saturday, July 4th, and will reopen on Monday, July 6th at 9am. Dr. Royal also offers expert advice to help your pet deal with the stress of thunderstorms and fireworks.
Do you know for certain that you and your pets are safe from harm when you fertilize and treat your lawn?
Summer weather is finally returning to Chicago and that means increasing temperatures! Today we bring back a feature article Dr. Royal wrote during a hot August week a few years ago for the Huffington Post. Keep this always valuable information handy (on your fridge or in your car’s glove box for example) and if you suspect your pet may have be having a heat related problem, seek emergency medical care.
Pet owners know how to contribute to the health of the earth –If you want to participate today in saving the world/making the world a greener place you can take these easy actions…
There have been many people concerned about the recent upper respiratory outbreak in the Chicagoland area. For our patients, we recommend phoning us if you see any of these signs –
From March 15-April 15, supporters will have a voice in the direction of the AHVMF’s work for the next year. This year’s campaign is divided into four weeks. How people respond to weekly surveys and what they donate to support will direct our decisions and possibilities.
St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching. Shamrocks, rainbows, beer, leprechauns, green rivers, and everything lucky – this holiday has it all. However for pets, St. Patrick’s Day can accidentally become unlucky and even dangerous for a number of reasons. Here are some guidelines for keeping your pet safe.
Probiotics are extremely important in our practice and key to keeping our patients wildly healthy! Today we are sharing Dr. Royal recommendations from her book “The Royal Treatment: A Natural Approach to Wildly Healthy about probiotics –
Are vaccines affecting your pet’s health? Are all vaccines recommended for your pet really necessary to help them be wildly healthy? Watch ABC News’ I-team story and join the discussion!
Because of city work on our water main for the next several weeks, we will help you when you arrive and make it possible for you to find parking for your appointment. Call when you are nearby, and we will meet you for a curbside drop off. Give us a call, 773-267-9966 if you need assistance.
NEWS About parking — Because of city work on our water main for the next several weeks, we will help you when you arrive and make it possible for you to find parking for your appointment.
During the winter season as the weather worsens remember to know the limits of your pet –
Many people travel with pets, and many people have to travel without their pets. How can pet owners make sure their pets have a happy holiday too?
FOX 32 News Chicago One day your furry friend is cute and cuddly, and the next they are packing on the pounds. Dr. Royal explains how you can get your pets in shape and save money while doing it!
FOX 32 News Chicago We know dental hygiene is important, but we can’t forget about our pets either. This week Dr. Barbara Royal explains how important dental hygiene is for our pets, and easy ways to help manage your pet’s dental health.
The Royal Treatment Veterinary Center will be closing at 3pm on Wednesday July 30th for a staff event, and we will reopen on Thursday, July 31st at 10am. We will also open later on Wednesday, August 6th at 11am and will remain open until our regular time of 5pm.
If you want something done right, sometimes you have to do it yourself…
We are very excited to announce that the first course in the Royal Treatment Method Certification Program is now available! For more information about available courses and registration, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
This week on Good Day Chicago, Dr. Royal discusses what you can do with your puppy to keep them healthy and train them properly early on. A must see for any current or future pet owner!
An article in The European Journal of Health Economics, Volume 13, Issue 6, December 2012 showed that patients whose General Practitioner knew additional complementary and alternative medicine modalities like acupuncture and homeopathy spent less on healthcare and lived longer!
Dr. Barbara Royal joined Fox News Good Day Chicago team to talk about the way good and bad bacteria affect your pet’s health and how to use natural and herbal remedies for illness.
“Bravo is recalling select lots and product(s) of Bravo Pet Food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.”~ Bravo Recall Notice
Most of us have some kind of first aid kit at home or work for ourselves. Today Dr. Royal talks about what items to keep in a first aid kit for your pets.
On Saturday, May 17th, 2014 Dr. Barbara Royal will deliver the keynote speech at Blackbird’s 2nd Annual Holistic Pet Festival located at Canal Port Park in Morris, IL.
It’s annual exam season! Dr. Royal talks about what to think about before your pet’s next exam on Good Day Chicago.
Allergy season is in full swing but it’s not just us suffering – our furry friends are too! Dr. Barbara Royal discusses a few ways to make our pets a little more comfortable this spring and summer.
This week on Fox News Chicago’s “Our Pets” segment, Dr. Royal discusses the benefits and risks of micro-chipping your pet.
Now that spring is here it is time to help your pet shed that extra weight gained during the cold winter months with help from Dr. Barbara Royal.
On this week’s “Our Pets” segment, Dr. Barbara Royal tackles the five most common pet myths including, pet vaccinations, raw diets, and cancer treatments.
Moving? New cell-phone number? Forgot to mention it at your last appointment? No problem! We are happy to introduce our contact information update form on our website. Changes submitted here will be made in your records so that we can better serve you.
As President-Elect of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation (AHVMF), I am excited to offer my clients a chance to donate and improve the condition of integrative veterinary medicine nationwide during our exciting AHVMF MATCHING FUND PLEDGE DRIVE!
On this week’s “Our Pets” segment, Dr. Royal discusses prepping your pet for spring break including appropriate vaccinations, micro-chipping, proper leashing, and hazards hiding under melting snow.
This week’s pet health segment is dedicated to understanding what is listed on your pet’s food labels and how to use that information to make informed pet food choices.
Check out WFLD Fox 32 News at 9:20 am each Tuesday for Dr. Royal’s pet segment. This week Dr. Royal will talk about weight control including tips for weight loss and photos of pets who have made great strides to better weight.
Check out WFLD Fox 32 News at 9:20 am each Tuesday for Dr. Royal’s pet segment. This week Dr. Royal will talk about weight control including tips for weight loss and photos of pets who have made great strides to better weight.
We aren’t only seeking out integrative medical professionals for our own aches and pains, more of us are bringing our cherished pets to veterinarians who combine the best of Western and Eastern medicine. Dr. Barbara Royal, DVM, was recently interviewed by Lisa Fields, writer, WebMD, on how she successfully incorporates nutritional consultation, acupuncture, massage and other rehabilitation therapies in her practice to treat pets with allergies, geriatric conditions or chronic diseases.
Thank you to all of friends, family, co-workers and clients who donated to the Special Olympics and gave us a great reason to jump in the lake! We had a ton of fun and hope to do it all again next year…minus the polar vortexes.
Some animals have thick skin, waterproof feathers, special chemicals in their blood, or a layer blubber for insulation to survive in cold weather and water. Then there’s us, the Royal Treatment Staff who will happily throw themselves in Lake Michigan on Sunday, March 2nd at 11:30 for the Chicago Polar Plunge to benefit the Special Olympics.
Stay tuned! Beginning Feb. 25 at 9:20 a.m. CST, Chicago’s Top Pet Vet Dr. Barbara Royal will appear on Fox-TV’s Good Day Chicago as a weekly contributor. She’ll provide insight into her natural approach to wildly healthy pets, answer the most commonly asked questions about your furry friends, and feature amazing owls live in the studio! Then head over to Fox Chicago New’s Facebook page for Q & A with Dr. Royal following the on-air segment.
Dr. Barbara Royal, DVM, CVA, Founder and Owner of The Royal Treatment Veterinary Center, will present “What You Don’t Know May Hurt Your Pet: Top Ten Nutrition Secrets.”
Learn More! Whether you want to start your puppy or kitten out right, minimize medications and the cost of overvaccination, or just want to rejuvinate your older pet, find practical information in the
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Dr. Royal & Staff wishes everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day and has a great pet-friendly cupcake recipe to share!
Joined by Traci Hotchner & Dr. Patrick Mahaney, catch Dr. Royal as co-host of Holistic Vets – a talk radio program covering a broad range of topics about wellness in dogs and cats. New broadcasts are available every Tuesday at 7pm Central time.
It’s not often that you see a cat so willing to work in water, which makes Barney a very special kitty. Barney has arthritis, is overweight, and has some other health issues as well.
As President of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. Royal attended the 2014 AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference in downtown Chicago. The conference included the Annual Session of the AVMA House of Delegates, of which the AHVMA was represented by both Dr. Barbara Royal and Dr. Nancy Scanlan.
Barney celebrated his 8th birthday last week by having a ball! We look forward to many more years of providing integrative care for Barney!
With the ridiculously cold weather upon us, keeping you and your pet safe when you have to go out is critical. Here are Dr. Royal’s top ten safety tips –
A new holistic veterinary care discussion between Drs. Mercola, Royal, and Becker is available to watch right here!
Merrick Pet Care’s Dogington University present’s Dr. Royal via webinar uncovering the hidden health potentials available in many foods and discussing the critical role food and nature remedies play in helping stressed, troubled animals recover from their tragic histories. Please click continue reading to watch the video.
Whether it’s an exciting new toy, a soft & comfy bed, delicious treats, or a good read, Dr. Royal has great holiday recommendations for you and your pet!
Barbara Royal, DVM, CVA, founder/owner of The Royal Treatment Veterinary Center, shares her tips on how to best take care of our furry friends this winter.
Even though we like to think of pets as members of our families, we really have to remember that they are a different species, with different ability to metabolize chemicals. Many mediations that are safe for us are not safe for them.
Dr. Barbara Royal will give a presentation on Saturday, November 9th at 3pm at the Chicago Pet Show in St. Charles on the Kane County Fairgrounds.
Happy Halloween from Dr. Royal & The Staff! We hope everyone has a very fun and safe holiday.
October 23, 2013 – ABC News Story: Jerky Treats Reportedly Killed 600 Dogs
If your pets seem healthy and you are feeding them jerky STOP now throw the remaining jerky away.
As fall approaches, many people will witness the amazing bird formations flying south for the winter. The seasonal migration of many animals happens naturally every year for breeding, gathering food and for their life cycles. However, many people are unaware of the effect seasonal migration has on humans and their pets.
Check in weekly for the latest info on Dr. Royal’s book tour, book signings, TV, radio, and local appearances!
Congratulations to Dr. Royal who has been named President of the AHVMA (American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association). You can read her incoming remarks from this year’s AHVMA conference in Kansas City, learn more about the organization she now leads, and look for AHVMA news right here.
Jennifer Skiff, author of “The Divinity of Dogs: True Stories of Miracles Inspired by Man’s Best Friend”, will visit the Royal Treatment from August 15th to 17th.
Dr. Royal discusses how to pick the best pet for your family on Fox 32’s Good Day Chicago, August 11th, 2013.
To bring you better service, we have updated our payment and check-in systems.
Catch Dr. Royal on Fox News Channel 32 – Good Day Chicago at 7:55 AM!
On Monday, June 17th, Dr. Royal gave an hour long interview to Rich Britton on the radio program Passionate About Pets.
Dr. Royal will be talking about springtime allergies and will include tips for alleviating allergies such as bathing and diet. Dr. Royal will also discuss reducing stress during springtime storms, plus upcoming flea, tick, and heartworm preventatives.
Dr. Royal needs your help TODAY to fight a very important Rabies vaccination bill!
(or What Rhinoceros Urine Rainbows Look Like…)
Bravo! of Manchester, CT has announced a voluntary pet food recall of 3 frozen pet food diets for dogs and cats because they could be potentially contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.
The Royal Treatment would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday weekend! There are some things to look out for with pets around Easter, so read on for some helpful advice.
True Health in a Faux Health World: How CNN’s Escape Fire Applies to Veterinary Medicine.
Beginning this week, we are very excited to announce that we have two new veterinarians on staff bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge to our practice. Please help us welcome Dr. Deb Grude and Dr. Maria VonderHaar, and be sure to visit our staff bio page for more info!
As many of you know, I am the President-Elect for the American Holistic
Veterinary Medical Association. If you make a tax-deductible donation to
the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation’s (AHVMF) ‘Be One
in a Million Project’ by March 17th, your donation, big or small, will be
Check out a fascinating new article in the New York Times about owl research, and be sure to mention owl feathers at Madame Zuzu’s on Sunday, March 3rd from 1pm – 3pm for a chance get a signed copy of “The Royal Treatment” for free!
Due to offsite staff training, The Royal Treatment Veterinary Center will be closed on Monday, February 11th and will re-open at 4pm on Tuesday, February 12th. We will check voicemails and emails…
With more and more attention being paid to better quality goods for our pets, local small businesses are popping up with great selections of food, treats, toys, and more. We need your help to list the best pet stores to visit in Chicago and surrounding suburbs!
Dr. Royal will be interviewed on WLS Channel 7 News on Monday, January 7th at 11am! Be sure to tune in and watch Dr. Royal as she discusses alternative pet therapies owners can do to improve the health of their pets!