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:
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Chemotherapy side effects
- 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.