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Barbara E. Royal, D.V.M.
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Author and veterinarian, Dr. Barbara Royal, founder and owner of Royal Treatment Veterinary Center in Chicago, is an internationally-renowned pioneer in integrative veterinary medicine, nutrition and physical rehabilitation. Dr. Royal has a thriving practice for pets, consults at wildlife rehab centers and several zoos. She is the first known veterinarian to perform acupuncture on a zebra.
Dr. Royal is also the go-to veterinarian for Oprah Winfrey’s dogs.

After graduating with high honors from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois, Dr. Royal became certified in Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine through IVAS, and studied Advanced Western & Chinese Herbal Medicine and Nutrition through Tufts University, and Animal Physical Therapy & Healing Techniques at the University of Tennessee.

Dr. Royal’s new book, The Royal Treatment: A Natural Approach to Wildly Healthy Pets (Simon and Schuster) is available at:

She is a on the Board of Directors and is President Elect for the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, and the AHVMA Foundation which promotes scientific research into alternative therapies, and she is on the Board of Directors for PAWS Chicago the city’s largest no-kill humane and adoption center. A nationally-published author and international lecturer she is regularly featured in the media for her expertise. She lives in Wilmette, Illinois with her husband, two children, and an assortment of wildly healthy animals.

Entries by Barbara E. Royal, D.V.M.

True Health in a Faux Health World: How CNN's Escape Fire Applies to Veterinary Medicine

(9) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 3:44 PM

After watching the CNN documentary Escape Fire, The Fight to Rescue Healthcare, about our failing health care system, I have to admit I was both relieved and dismayed. Relieved that someone is actually shining a light on our dysfunctional health system. Dismayed that we continue to ask the wrong questions...

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Happy New Year From 2,013 Ants

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2012 | 12:27 AM

Life is all about carrying on in the face of incredible obstacles. I might think of the megavertebrates -- rhinos in single digits, elephants hiding their tusks, cheetahs and zebras losing room to run, gorilla families dwindling. Animals have taught me much in my life. Or, I could mull over...

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City Living Is for the Birds

(2) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 6:00 PM

Spotting an unusual bird in a cityscape makes me happy. I met my husband because of an injured wild Chicago Peregrine falcon he brought to the zoo hospital where I was working. Peregrines in the midwest, at that time, had been threatened with extinction, just as one out...

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Trick or Treat for Animals

(1) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 7:00 PM

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. -- Ghandi

Animals are always making the news. When I hear that a captive baby panda is born with liver disease and cows are being fed...

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Summer's Over! Back-to-School Routines for You and Your Pet

(1) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 2:25 PM

I have always liked the idea of starting fresh with a new school year. Crisp, cold weather is on the horizon and the children are back at school. However, pets remain at home.

During the summer break, your dog grew accustomed to your face and the attention from family...

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Hot Tips to Keep Your Dog Cool in the Dog Days of Summer

(5) Comments | Posted August 13, 2012 | 11:50 AM

It's August, and the thermometer has risen to over 85 degrees again. You are out with your best friend who always wears an impractical black fur coat. What can you do to keep her cool?

Remember that dogs rely on panting and resting in a cool...

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I Heart My Pet: Conditions of the Heart and Natural Healing for Pets

(4) Comments | Posted February 11, 2012 | 11:15 AM

Valentine's Day -- a time to think about your heart and the heart of someone you love. Where do you find more love than in the heart of your pet? Yes, we have husbands, wives, family and friends, but there's no substitute for that happy thump-thump-thump of a wagging tail,...

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Winterize Your Pet With the Royal Treatment

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2012 | 8:15 AM

Global warming may exist, but winter is still upon us, and our pets can feel the chill.

A pet on the lap is a simple and wonderful way to lower heating bills, but what can we do to reduce their risk of illness from the tolls of winter?

Even if...

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Your Pet's Golden Years: Health Tips For Aging Animals

(14) Comments | Posted May 28, 2011 | 5:13 AM

Our pets are precious to us. We want them to live forever, but we are distressed to see their troubling signs of aging.

A decade ago, when my dog Tundra was eleven years old, I felt she might be nearing the end. Because she looked like a German shepherd...

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Old Pets: How To Help

(103) Comments | Posted April 28, 2011 | 9:36 AM

They had not seen Jewel run in a couple of years. "She's just getting old," was the general consensus.

This often serves as a conclusive diagnosis when it is really just an assessment of time spent since birth. Luckily in Jewel's case,...

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A Wild Approach To Your Pet's Health

(16) Comments | Posted April 7, 2011 | 9:18 AM

The third needle went into the massive striped neck smoothly. I was silently elated. This had never been done before. Applying the ancient art of acupuncture to zebras was not at the top of the list in veterinary protocol. Nevertheless, the zoo veterinarian had called me here to help treat...

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