Alternative and Complementary Therapy

Although we practice all aspects of internal medicine, dermatology, and surgery, we integrate several alternative therapies to our daily practice as well. Alternative therapies, which are also referred to as “integrative” or “complementary” therapies, include but are not limited to acupuncture, nutritional therapy, chiropractic, herbal and glandular supplements, homeopathy, laser therapy, applied kinesiology. We provide these therapies in conjunction with traditional medicine and surgery to help improve outcomes and to give us additional options for treating our patients. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about whether these types of therapy could benefit your pet.

Therapeutic Massage

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Massage therapy uses a whole body approach to enhance your pet’s well being, through bodywork.  Tension, anxiety, fear, and muscle atrophy are a few ailments that can benefit from hands on healing.

Massage can stimulate areas that are stagnant in the body, opening up channels for increased blood flow, lymphatic circulation, digestive support and stimulation of  the mind to increase cognitive function.

Therapeutic K-Laser

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A therapeutic class IV K-Laser is used in our practice regularly for pain and inflammation. We use it to treat arthritis, neck and back pain, chronic lick granulomas and other wounds that are slow to heal, and chronic infections.  We use it routinely on all surgical procedures to aid with faster healing.  K-laser allows us to treat our patients more effectively without the use of harmful medications.  Ask us if K-Laser may be helpful for your pet!

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Holistic Nutrition

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lotus2Nutrition is so vital to your pet’s health, and we often use it in the place of medications.  What this means for you and your pet is that many or most chronic diseases can be treated solely with proper nutritional choices.  Chances are you will receive nutritional recommendations from us that you have never heard before.  That’s because we prefer for you to avoid processed foods and artificial ingredients.  We see dramatic improvement in the health of our patients with improvement in their diets.  We also can recommend the foods that are best for each individual, and we find that many of our patients no longer need many of the medications that they previously required for chronic conditions.  We also find our patients live longer and develop cancer much less frequently.  We love to see you, but we would prefer to see you less frequently for wellness visits only!

Natural Herbal Medicine

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-¬GraceHillPhotography-72Herbal remedies may be recommended to you for your pet in addition to or in place of traditional medications.  Herbal remedies often allow us to avoid medications with serious or undesirable side effects, treat the origin rather than the symptoms of disease, and sometimes treat problems that would otherwise not be treatable with conventional medicine.  There are several herbal remedies available for pets for a variety of conditions, including allergies, arthritis and pain relief, chronic digestive problems, anxiety, weakness, cancer, poor immune function, and much more!  You are always welcome to tell us when you would prefer a more natural alternative for your pet.

Homeopathic Medicine

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Homeopathy can be used to help treat or prevent a range of health conditions in pets, including allergic reactions, chronic disease, and anxiety. It is sometimes used in conjunction with acupuncture and chiropractic therapy.

Derived from the Greek words homoios, which means like or similar, and pathos, which means suffering (disease), homeopathy is based on the philosophy that “like cures like.” Homeopathy uses very dilute solutions (extremely small quantities) of medication that, in an undiluted form, can actually cause symptoms of the disease or condition.

This therapeutic method was developed more than 200 years ago, when a German scientist ingested the bark of a cinchona tree, which contains quinine (used to treat malaria at the time). He began to experience the same symptoms as malaria. When he stopped taking the tree bark, his symptoms disappeared. The scientist theorized that if a substance could cause symptoms of a disease, minute amounts of that same substance could cure the disease by stimulating the body’s natural defenses.

Homeopathic remedies are prepared from pure, natural substances derived from plants, animals, and minerals. Their preparation may involve diluting the original substance from ten times to millions of times with water or alcohol. Remedies include arsenicum album, belladonna, and chamomilla. Because these remedies are highly diluted, they are generally considered safe and unlikely to cause severe adverse reactions.

Homeopathy is not typically used to replace conventional veterinary treatment. To keep your pet as safe as possible, it is a good idea to have him or her see the same veterinarian for both conventional and alternative treatment.

To discuss the potential use of homeopathy in your pet, please call our clinic to set up an appointment.

Chiropractic Services

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If your pet is suffering from conditions such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, lameness, gastrointestinal disease, chronic health issues, or back problems, he or she might benefit from our chiropractic services. Professional chiropractic manipulation can help ease pain, improve flexibility and mobility, and even enhance organ function. Chiropractic therapy can also promote healing and improve range of motion in dogs injured during sporting events.

Chiropractic philosophy is based on the relationship of the spinal cord to the nervous system of the entire body. It primarily involves manipulation of the spinal cord but can also involve manipulation of the leg joints and skull, strengthening or stretching muscles, and post-manipulation exercise. Most animals show no signs of pain or discomfort during therapy.

Chiropractors evaluate the function and structure of the spine, extremities, and skull. Based on their examination and the pet’s clinical history, they then adjust any subluxations (vertebrae and joints that are out of alignment or abnormally positioned). Subluxations are manipulated back into a normal position by using a short “thrust” that is applied very specifically in the correct direction. Because of the expertise required for this technique, chiropractic therapy should only be performed by a qualified doctor.

We use veterinary chiropractic in conjunction with traditional therapies to give your pet the best possible outcome. To discuss whether your pet is a candidate for chiropractic therapy, please call our hospital and set up an appointment with one of our experienced veterinarians.

Acupuncture

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We regularly integrate acupuncture into our daily practice.  During physical exams, if we detect something that may be very responsive to acupuncture, we will be happy to discuss it as an option.  We would be happy to consult with you and examine your pet if you would like to know if acupuncture may be an option for your pet.  Some of the problems we have successfully treated with acupuncture, alone or in combination with other medications and treatments, include arthritis, back problems, paralysis, weakness, allergies, seizures, inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease, kidney disease and failure, heart disease, and aging.