Dr. Ihor Basko’s methods are unique – he takes his time, befriends the animals, and builds a friendship with each of his clients. Clinic ambiance is important, and soft, fresh towels await your furry friend on a massage table big enough to sleep on.
His mission is simple: Provide loving support and healing to pets and their families using the safest and most natural methods. He incorporates an understanding of nutrition with healing principles of Eastern medicine to create a holistic treatment program that strengthens the immune system on all levels.
Dr. Basko’s greatest wish is for all pet owners to enjoy more years with their furry friends, through fresh natural diets that support great health, and limited use of vaccinations and medications.
Dr. Basko graduated from Michigan State University’s vet med program with a special focus in the fields of internal medicine, cardiology, and bone surgery. His early years in veterinary medicine were spent working in a busy emergency animal hospital in California.
In 1971, he had the wonderful opportunity to participate in the first ever acupuncture study to test the efficacy of holistic modalities on physical ailments in pets (conducted at the University of California, in L.A.).
Since then, Dr. Basko has been devoted to the study and practice of acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary therapy, homeopathy, massage, and other alternative therapies for animals.
A Doctor and an Educator
Dr. B is also an educator and leading authority on holistic animal health. He is one of the founders of the Veterinary Botanical Medical Association. He frequently lectures to veterinarians, animal trainers, and animal caretakers on the use of Holistic modalities in Hawaii, North America and Asia. Aside from lecturing, he has published many magazine articles, chapters in books and journals, has been a guest on numerous TV and radio shows, and has partnered with supplement company Genesis Resources in the development of an herbal and mineral line of products for pets.
I adopted holistic medicine into my veterinary work because it focuses on the true nature of healing – prevention of chronic disease. Holistic treatments have no side-effects, and combine the best of both traditional veterinary care and alternative therapies. – Dr. Basko
Weekly Radio Show
Dr. Basko also hosts the “Pets, People, & Paradise” radio show on KKCR, Kauai’s community radio station, on Saturday mornings from 9 am to 10 am, Hawaii Standard Time. Tune in to learn more about herbal medicine for your pets, facts on Hawaiian healing plants, diet and nutrition advice, and have your questions answered for free on air! Now streaming online via www.KKCR.org so you can listen in no matter where you are!
Dr. Basko lives on the island of Kauai in Hawaii with his wife, Jane Winter. He enjoys hiking, hunting for medicinal/edible herbs and mushrooms, camping, cooking, gardening, and traveling to conferences and workshops that promote healthy and compassionate living. Also since moving to Hawaii more than 20 years ago, Dr. B has found surfing to be a favorite pastime as the ocean is a great source of healing for the mind, body, and soul.
Dr. Basko is lovingly owned by Garbanzo, his 10 year old cat. Sweet Makana, his beloved cattle dog mix and model in many of his pictures, enjoyed a full and happy life with lots of fresh food, and now lives on in spirit. She was 19 years old.
Dr. B belongs to the following professional organizations: