Holistic Options for Schenectady and Albany County Pets

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Our clinic embraces a complementary and alternative approach to pet health and wellness. We balance the conventional Western approach to veterinary medicine with holistic practices including acupuncture and homeopathy.

Holistic therapies have been rapidly growing as both complementary and alternative medicinal treatments. They offer non-traditional options for animals that do not respond satisfactorily to typical Western veterinary treatments or for those pets whose caretakers prefer not to use pharmaceuticals . The fundamental philosophy behind holistic remedies is one of balance within the body.


Acupuncture is the practice of inserting very fine, sterile needles into strategic places in the body known as acupuncture points. Research has shown that these acupuncture points have increased numbers of small blood vessels, nerve endings and lymphatic vessels when compared to surrounding tissues.

The insertion of the acupuncture needles stimulates the nervous system, increases blood circulation to an area and releases endorphins and other substances which are the body’s own pain relievers, anti-inflammatory agents and immune system stimulants. Acupuncture can be combined with other traditional forms of medical care to achieve optimal health.

Acupuncture is effective in treating:

  • Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Arthritis
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Chemotherapy side effects
  • Anxiety
  • Constipation
  • Recovery from veterinary surgery or illness

Placement of the needles and duration of treatment are based on your furry friend’s individual needs. Most sessions last between 12 and 15 minutes. Your pet will feel little to no discomfort from the needles. In fact, some patients even relax and fall asleep during treatment.


Veterinary homeopathy is a holistic discipline that is based on the principle that disease can be cured by stimulating the body’s natural defense mechanisms. There are two aspects to a disease, the immediate cause such as a bacterial agent, virus, toxin, or internal immunological activity and the body’s reaction which could be fever, inflammation, or discharge.

Conventional Western medicine looks at these bodily reactions as symptoms and fights to suppress or counteract them. Homeopathy, on the other hand, sees them as indications of the body’s attempts to eliminate the pathogen or toxin and to heal itself. While the immediate causes, such as infection, are not ignored, the focus of homeopathic medicine is to strengthen the patient’s natural defenses and restore healthy balance to the body.

“I just wanted to take a minute and thank you all for being so thoughtful and caring of our animal friends” ~ Stacey M.

“I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for the service and mostly the compassion you gave my beloved Pug.” ~ Kevin M.

“Thank you for your care, insights and most of all patience with my “intensive” ways. You gave us all comfort.” ~ Donna C.

“Your thoughtfulness and kind words were most welcome additions to the excellent medical care that Josie received at your hospital.” ~ Helen G.

“I never had to worry about Sara not wanting to go to the vet for office visits, baths or boarding you always gave Sara extra attention!” ~ Shari B.

“A huge THANK YOU for all the years that you and your staff have taken such great care of my kitty cats and their owner!” ~ Pam S.

“I would like to extend the biggest heartfelt thank you for all your kindness. You are truly an outstanding veterinarian!” ~ Ricki V.

“Thank you for helping us in our effort to keep Cash as healthy as possible for as long as we could. You were always so gentle and kind towards him.” ~ Mindi M.

“We remember very fondly all the tender loving care you and your staff provided over the years. For that you have our eternal gratitude.” ~ Ginny G.

“Thank you for all your expertise and support. We have been fortunate to have you and your staff take such good care of Tiger.” ~ Stella C.

“Just a thank you for all the attention you have given in caring for my dog. I cannot thank you enough.” ~ Agnes D.

“The care and concern you, Samantha, Teri, Meghan and Steve have shown our beautiful girl and me, especially during the past 2 months, has been greatly appreciated.” ~ Rita S.

“Thank you all so much for the excellent care that my dog received. In so many ways, it was above and beyond. The many concerned phone conversations, the internet consults, the medicine dosing, all meant so much.” ~ AJ V.

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In 1946, the hospital was awarded its first American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accreditation, a tradition that would be maintained, unbroken, from that year forward. Only a handful of veterinary hospitals throughout the U.S. have maintained accreditation for that length of time.

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