For many pet parents, having the option to choose alternative therapy for their animal family members is a huge benefit. These techniques combine ancient methodology with modern technology for natural healing and enhanced wellness. At Wise and Wonderful Integrative Veterinary Center, we’re pleased to offer a number of these alternative and complementary treatment options to help you better care for your animal family member.
The ancient practice of acupuncture operates under the theory that when the body’s natural energy source becomes disrupted, sickness and pain can occur. To address these ailments without the need for medication, acupuncture needles are inserted into specific points along the body. Once inserted, the needles cause a cellular response in the targeted area. This restores the body’s energy, thereby promoting healing and reducing pain.
Veterinary acupuncture can be used to treat anything from arthritis to respiratory problems and just about everything in between. It can also be used to boost the immune system and create better balance.
For small animals, the following are some of the general conditions which may be treated with acupuncture:
- Musculoskeletal problems, such as arthritis or vertebral disc pathology
- Skin problems, such as lick granuloma
- Respiratory problems, such as feline asthma
- Gastrointestinal problems, such as diarrhea
- Selected reproductive problems
For large animals, acupuncture is again commonly used for functional problems. Some of the general conditions where it might be applied are the following:
- Musculoskeletal problems, such as sore backs or downer cow syndrome
- Nervous system problems, such as facial nerve paralysis
- Skin problems, such as allergic dermatitis
- Respiratory problems, such as heaves and “bleeders”
- Gastrointestinal problems, such as non-surgical colic
- Selected reproductive disorders
In addition, regular acupuncture treatment can treat minor sports injuries as they occur and help to keep muscles and tendons resistant to injury. World-class professional and amateur athletes often use acupuncture as a routine part of their training. If your animals are involved in any athletic endeavor, such as racing, jumping, or showing, acupuncture can help keep them in top physical condition.
Chiropractic care in pets is very similar to what’s practiced on human patients. A chiropractic adjustment can be used to help correct the musculoskeletal system when it has become misaligned. It is most commonly applied to the spine. Chiropractic care is important because when even one vertebra is out of place, it can cause problems in the surrounding muscles, ligaments and organs. Veterinary chiropractic care can relieve pain, improve movement and enhance overall wellbeing.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
For thousands of years, the Chinese have long held the belief that certain herbs, when strategically combined together, can provide a natural way to manage the health of both people and animals.
Chinese herbal medicine is particularly effective in treating chronic medical conditions and is often used to relieve pain, improve and restore proper organ function, and strengthen the immune system. The ultimate goal of herbal therapy is to gradually return the body to a state of balance and wellness without the risk of side effects that traditional pharmaceuticals can present.
If you’re curious about how our integrative therapy options might provide healing and relief for your pet, we invite you to start a conversation today!
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