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Meet Patrick Mahaney of California Pet Acupuncture and Wellness in West Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Patrick Mahaney.

Patrick, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I moved to Southern California in 2006 for the quality of life and professional opportunities.

At the time, I was finishing veterinary acupuncture training and wanted to figure out a way to provide it and other services to clients beyond that which I could offer by working within the confines of a hospital facility.

I would spend a lot of time driving around the Hollywood Hills taking my now-deceased dog Cardiff on hikes and dog parks and many occasions I saw mobile pet services like veterinarians, groomers, walkers, and trainers.

I had a moment where I recognized that I could have my own house call practice offering acupuncture, Chinese medicine, and dietary consultations. California Pet Acupuncture and Wellness (CPAW), Inc. was then born in 2008, has become my full-time veterinary practice, and has organically evolved into a concierge-style business through which I offer a variety of veterinary services (diagnostic testing, dispensation of medications and supplements, vaccinations, health certificates, euthanasia, etc.).

I often find myself working with clients with whom I’ve become familiar through the media, which makes for interesting days and sometimes the development of personal relationships that I’d otherwise never have access to without having been called upon to be a celebrity’s personal veterinarian.

Needless to say, by moving to Southern California I’ve put myself in the right spot and am on the correct path with my veterinary career and personal life.

Has it been a smooth road?
Overall, it has been a relatively smooth road plodding from where I started to where I currently am professional.

Yet, it has been a challenging road with many occasions for learning along the way. Having previously worked a lot of unusual shifts (overnights, 24 hours in a row, etc.) in a hospital setting I always greatly appreciated my time off where I had now veterinary responsibilities.

Now that I own my own business, although I can set my clientele, responsibilities, and hours of patient care every day has become a workday in some capacity and it’s even challenging to not have work to do or clients contacting me for help when I’m on some version a break (which requires me to leave Los Angeles so I am physically not in town to see patients).

The line between working and having time off has become very blurred, which is something that I simply must accept at this point and be grateful for the professional opportunities that I have developed over the years.

We’d love to hear more about your practice.
California Pet Acupuncture and Wellness (CPAW), Inc. Is a concierge-style, holistic, house call veterinary practice that services dogs and cats in the greater Los Angeles area.

What I am most proud of as a company is that I have been able to identify the aspects of veterinary medicine that I feel that I can best provide for my clients (owners) and patients (pets) and implement those services while working closely with area specialists to provide the best possible level of care.

Additionally, I am proud that I have been able to proverbially work my way up the ladder to serve the highest-end clientele, many of whom are some of the most-celebrated fixtures in the entertainment and arts communities.

What sets me apart from other veterinarians is my highly-personal practice style, amount of time and energy I put into helping my patients, and the degree of communication I have with my clients.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
In the next 5 to 10 years I see the veterinary industry continuing to develop novel ways to work best with clients to provide medical and other needs for our patients. With the advent of information technology and the accessibility, pet owners have to pet health information simply by doing a web search our clients are generally much more informed now than they were 20 years ago when I started practicing in 1999. We veterinarians must be able to appropriately guide our clients on what is the good, bad, and questionable pieces of information as pertains to their pet’s health.

I am also pleased to see is the burgeoning options for pet owners to feed their companion canines and felines diets and treats that are whole-food and human-grade. There have been too many health problems created in pets (including the number one nutritional disease of pets….obesity) that are directly or indirectly correlated with dogs and cats consuming highly-processed, foods and treats containing feed-grade, non-whole-food ingredients.

I’m becoming part-owner of an LA-based company that produces human-grade, whole-food, low-heat cooked canine meals and treats called PURE Dog Food (www.puredogfood,com) which can be purchased on-line for home delivery or are available in great pet and people stores like Health Spot, Erewhon, Co+Opportunity Market & Deli, and Jayde’s Market. Needles to say, I’m very excited about this opportunity to spread my message of holistic health through nutrition to pet owners in the Los Angeles area (and all over the world!).

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