Holistic Veterinary Center
Treating the whole system, not just the current symptom.
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At the Holistic Veterinary Center, we specialize in complementary holistic veterinary care for dogs and cats as well as traditional western medicine. In holistic medicine, we treat the whole system, not just the current symptom. The Holistic Veterinary Center specializes in acupuncture, herbal medicine, and nutrition. These non-traditional treatment methods in combination with regular western medicine are used to enhance your pet’s overall healing and general well-being. Our veterinarians are happy to discuss these and many other options in order to develop an individualized treatment plan for your pet.
We enjoy working with many veterinarians in a team fashion and would encourage good communication between all veterinarians involved. With your permission, we send our records to your other doctors. We strive to enhance the “Fear Free” visit. There are quite a few strategies we have put in place to provide a comfortable, calm and quiet environment for you and your pet to heal.
There is truth to the old saying: “food is the medicine you take every day.” This belief in the healing power of food is one central to Chinese Medicine, where food therapy is often utilized alone or (more often) in conjunction with other modalities to treat disease patterns. Like other TCVM modalities, the ultimate goal of food therapy is to restore and maintain balance in the body. It is the art and science of tailoring diet plans to individual patients based on their unique inborn tendencies, age, species, geographical location, personality, and current disharmony or disease process. Chinese food therapy recipes are developed according to TCVM theory and are specific to particular patient types and health conditions.
Acupuncture is the insertion of small needles into specific points on the body to cause a desired healing effect. This technique has been used in veterinary practice for at least 3000 years to treat many ailments. The American Veterinary Medical Association considers veterinary acupuncture a valid modality within the practice of veterinary medicine and surgery. Used either by itself or in conjunction with Western Medicine, veterinary acupuncture can assist the body to heal itself by affecting certain physiological changes.
A healthy body is said to be in “homeostasis” or “balance”. Illness and/or injury cause the body to become unbalanced. Acupuncture is a key therapy used to bring the body back to its proper homeostatic state and is known to affect all major physiological systems. It works primarily through the central nervous system affecting the musculoskeletal, hormonal and cardiovascular systems. It does more than relieve pain. How it works depends on what condition one is treating and which points are utilized. Acupuncture increases circulation, causes a release of many neurochemicals, some of which are endorphins, the body’s “natural pain-killing” hormones, relieves muscle spasms, stimulates nerves, stimulates the body’s defense systems, as well as numerous other beneficial effects.
Laser Therapy is an FDA-cleared modality that reduces inflammation and results in pain reduction. Laser Therapy is effective in treating acute pain, chronic conditions, and post-operative pain.
Laser therapy treatment is safe, painless and fast. Treatments to deeper tissues are administered in 5 to 10 minutes. Typically, even chronic patients exhibit improvement after 3 to 5 treatment sessions. Laser therapy utilizes the body’s own healing powers by stimulating cellular activity with energy from specific wavelengths. Despite short treatment times, laser therapy treatments initiate a healing process that continues to actively reduce inflammation for up to 24 hours after treatment.
Animal Chiropractic is a field of animal health care that focuses on the preservation and health of the neuro-muscular skeletal system. Why? Nerves control everything that happens in your animals. Anything adversely affecting the nervous system will have detrimental effects that will resonate throughout the entire body. The command centers of the nervous system are the brain and spinal cord which are protected by the spine. The spine is a complex framework of bones (vertebra), ligaments, muscles, and nerves. If the movement and biomechanics of the vertebra become dysfunctional, they can interfere with the performance of the nerves that are branching off of the spinal cord and going to all of the muscles and organs. As this occurs, your animal can lose normal mobility; resulting in stiffness, tension, pain, and even organ dysfunction. Additionally, when normal movement is affected and left unattended, it will ultimately impact your animal’s entire wellbeing and quality of life.
Herbal therapy is the use of herbs, either as single products or in combination with other herbs for medicinal purposes. Advocates of herbal therapy maintain whole herbs or their extracts were more efficacious and that the natural product contains other ingredients that act synergistically with the active principle, increasing the efficacy of the medicine.
Animal treatments are frequently inspired by human herbal medicine, but veterinary expertise is required to select the appropriate formula and to address differences in metabolism between animals and humans and between the various animal species. Like other medications, herbal remedies are selected based on the individual patient and its specific clinical symptoms.