A Wild Approach to Your Pet’s Health

Want to learn more about Dr. Barbara Royal’s unique approach to animal care? Check out her first blog post on Huffington Post Health, “A Wild Approach to Your Pets Health”, which chronicles her treatment of an arthritic zoo zebra and makes connections about our own pet’s evolutionary needs.

Madison (Maddie)

Madison and I first met Dr. Barb Royal the summer of 2003. Madison had been having trouble getting up from the floor at the age of 6yrs old. Our previous vet had taken x-rays of her hips and diagnosed that she had no hip dysplasia (but didn’t diagnose what the cause was) and prescribed daily doses of Rimadyl. I found this unacceptable and was searching for a better option.


“…It was time to try a different strategy. This time Emma saw Dr Royal and the staff at the clinic as a patient. Both of us were impressed and and soothed by the treatment. Emma spent a lot of time with Dr Royal and got a new lease on dog life. Eating natural carnivore food was tasty, plentiful, and made a tremendous difference. In 6months no more ear issues…”

Miss MoneyPenny

“MoneyPenny is over 14 years old  and had been challenged with her rear hips and legs. She could not hold herself  up when squatting, had enormous difficulty getting up from a laying down position and was unable to jump up on the bed. However, after her first acupuncture treatment, she was able to jump into the car, jump on the bed and sofa and was walking like a puppy again. Remarkable.”


“Rex began seeing Dr. Royal over two years ago, when he was 13. His arthritis had reached the point where we noticed he was no longer running, and occasionally he would even limp. Dr. Barb put Rex on a course of acupuncture and underwater treadmill therapy. We saw results literally within two weeks — he began running again, and his whole demeanor changed. He sprung back to life…”


“…I had taken her to three vets over a three month period and gotten as many diagnoses. Treatments changed with each new theory and she continued to go downhill fast…I sat down at my computer and googled ‘Cat+Acupuncture+Chicago.’  I saw Dr. Royal in a YouTube video doing cat acupuncture. Her depth and connection comes through in that video and I knew she was the healer I was looking for…Today Yin is back to normal weight, appetite and activity. We still see the doctor for an acupucture tune up every few weeks. I am so grateful to have met Barb and to have my sweet pea under her care.”


“…After just a couple of weeks of the therapy, Harp began to use the leg more and more and rebuild the muscles. Six months later, after a regular course of this therapy, we are amazed and happy to say that Harp is walking normally and even running on the leg again. We are extremely grateful to Dr. Royal and all the wonderful staff at The Royal Treatment!”


“Molly is our beloved golden retriever, she is 10 years old.  In January, 2009 we brought her to Royal Treatment, to improve the quality of her life.  She has several fused vertebrae, lumbar arthritis and other minor issues.  She immediately began acupuncture and the underwater treadmill…She just loves her sessions at Royal Treatment.  She knows exactly where we are when I turn the corner onto Rockwell and is quite excited to get in the door…”


“…Barbara first saw Princess in her Chicago office in late July of 2008. After her initial visit a plan was put into place which would help her to recover from her third major surgery and help to bring her weight back in line with what a Pomeranian should weigh…”


“Dr. Barbara Royal is a masterful and compassionate healer.  She and her staff truly care about the animals they treat and their alternative methods saved my dog’s life – literally. Mjiska was diagnosed with Degenerative Myelopathy and Mega Esophagus in January of 2007.  She was given six months to two years to live and after about four months she developed intestinal problems and lost eight pounds in two weeks.  We thought she was going to die.  Our regular vet confirmed it.  Terrified, we visited Dr. Royal as a last-ditch effort…”

Isabella Rose

“I wanted to thank you again for your expertise and awesome approach in treating my precious Scottie, Isabella Rose.  She is FINALLY healthy, happy and a joy to be with!…As a pet professional (dog kennel owner) I will recommend you and your client service oriented staff to my clients, friends and family.  ROYAL TREATMENT gets a superb five paws of excellence rating from all of us!”


Owned and operated by Dr. Barbara Royal, DVM, The Royal Treatment Veterinary Center provides traditional veterinary services along with integrative medical care and rehabilitation, including underwater treadmill therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, herbal and nutritional consultation and chronic care.