Welcome To Always Helpful
Welcome to Always Helpful, the integrative veterinary medicine and therapy practice of Dr. Judith M. Shoemaker and Dr. Sarah E. Urban. Located in southeastern Pennsylvania in idyllic Lancaster County, this well-known practice draws clients and clinicians from around the world for holistic treatment programs and state of the art education — in a healing environment.
The practice is dedicated to the creation of balance and health for all — please see our Mission Statement. This goal is achieved through the integration of the best combination of top quality allopathic care and skillfully applied complementary modalities. With emphasis on owner education, caring interaction, and communication – for top level competitive athletes, geriatric and chronically ill patients, and all in between – we strive to be Always Helpful.
Our staff at Always Helpful Veterinary Services is filled with passionate animal lovers who are here to help you and your pet! They are highly trained and dedicated to making sure that your pets receive the care and compassion every time that they walk in the door!
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What Our Clients Say
Always Helpful is exceptionally knowledgeable. I always come away having learned something and feeling that mey dog is in good hands.
We are so fortunate to have this practice within 1 hour driving distance! We love Dr. Sarah Urban and are so grateful for all of the knowledge and experience there to help us come up with a solid integrative health plan for our goldens. Invaluable!
The holistic knowledge this vet office has is outstanding. I truly believe this practice and some modern medicine are what helped my dog. He was diagnosed with chronic liver disease and over the course of two years we changed his diet, added medicine, herbs minerals, and acupuncture. After two years his disease is in remission. He beat the odds! I am very grateful for finding Dr. Urban and this practice.
If you are like me and are looking for an alternative, holistic veterinarian, look no further than Always Helpful. They don't believe in vaccinations unless they are needed so they titer before giving shots. This procedure is simply a blood sample that they check for the antibodies of the vaccination in question. If there are enough antibodies, vaccination is not needed. They do chiropractic adjustments on your furry friends, acupuncture with a new infrared twist, PEMF treatments and nail clippings all while you are there watching and talking to the vet. You get a full hour each visit and the Dr. is there the entire time. An enormous change from a traditional vet that you might see for a total of 5 minutes while the vet tech does most everything and anything they have to do; they take your pet behind closed doors where you aren't allowed to go. I know Always Helpful is a little out of the way for most of us, I live in West Chester, but it is well worth the trip. As you pull in, you can see the old 1800's farmhouse that Dr. Shoemaker is currently renovating, and her practice is inside a totally renovated barn. It's a beautiful country setting, making that alone worth the trip. As you park you are greeted by goats, geese, horses, llamas, guineas and sheep. The goats and geese always greet us when we get there to the point that you can pet them through the fence. Don't worry, all the animals except a few chickens are fenced in so there is no danger to you or your pet. They are the most thorough practice I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with during my 67 trips around the sun and I am absolutely sure you will feel the same after your first visit. I only wish my medical doctor was as thorough, hehe. In closing, I might add that their prices are right in line with a traditional veterinarian, but you get so much more for your money with Always Helpful that, like me, you will never want to use a regular vet ever again. Please give them a try. I'm sure you will be thoroughly satisfied with your findings knowing that your fur baby is getting the best care possible!!!