SPORTSVET Animal Medical Center is pleased to offer an individualized, integrative medical approach for our patients.

We use a combination of traditional medicine as well as alternative modalities in order to provide the best path to maintaining your pet’s health and quality of life.

Meet Our Holistic Veterinarian

Dr. Susan Hites began seeing patients out of our SportsVet facility in 2010. She is the owner of The Whole Pet, which provides individualized, integrative medicine for small animals. Dr. Hites has worked at hospitals in the Chicagoland area, southern New Mexico, and throughout central Illinois. Since elementary school, her only career desire was to be a veterinarian. After graduating as valedictorian from Grayslake High School, she attended the University of Illinois where she completed her undergraduate degree in Agricultural Science and was a member of the University of Illinois Women’s Club Volleyball team.

Dr. Hites graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992 and practiced traditional medicine, working with small animals, pocket pets, birds, and reptiles. Realizing that she had a passion for aging pets as well as those with chronic illnesses, she studied animal chiropractic, acupuncture, nutrition, and herbal medicine. She began using integrative therapies in 1997. By using both traditional and alternative modalities, Dr. Hites improves quality of life and improves the human-animal bond. Dr. Hites is devoted to partnering with clients to help their animal companions live better lives.

Dr. Hites is certified in animal chiropractic by the Animal Chiropractic Certification Commission (ACCC) of the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA). Her Acupuncture training is through the Chi Institute. She received her training in the use of herbs under the Chi Institute, Greg Tilford, Ihor Basko, Signe Beebe and Mona Boudreaux.

What is Holistic Medicine?

Acupuncture is a technique for relieving pain and improving the function of organ systems by stimulating the nervous system via acupuncture points on the surface of the body. The points are stimulated with fine needles, therapeutic laser, or pressure.

Some conditions that can benefit from acupuncture include:

  • Musculoskeletal problems: osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease, disc disease
  • Neurologic disorders: seizures and facial paralysis
  • Chronic conditions: skin problems, kidney disease, liver disease and behavioral problems
  • Gastrointestinal disorders: constipation, chronic vomiting and chronic diarrhea

Chiropractic is a non-invasive technique based on the relationship of the nervous system to the spinal cord. Correction of subluxations (improper alignment between two bones) allows the nervous system to function at an optimal level. A chiropractic adjustment is made by hand or using an adjusting instrument.

Some conditions that can benefit from chiropractic care include:

  • Neck, back, leg and tail pain
  • Disc and nerve problems
  • Pets involved in athletic sports, show, hunting, therapy, military and police work

The use of herbs and plants for medicinal purposes has been practiced for millennia all over the world. Veterinary herbal medicines include Western herbs, Ayurvedic herbs from India, traditional Chinese herbs, and many others. Modern pharmaceuticals evolved from herbal medicine, but today’s drugs typically isolate individual compounds.

Herbalists believe that whole plants provide a broad spectrum of desirable effects, from specialized nutrition (herbs contain vitamins and minerals that drugs do not) to synergy of the various components, which may allow lower doses of pharmacologic ingredients to be used.