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,
Dr. Tricia Stimac, DVM, CVA, CVSMT
Our Hospital Staff
What our clients (and patients) say
EVENTS - RECALLS - USEFUL ARTICLES
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.