Alternative therapies have recently grown in popularity as a way to supplement traditional medicine and surgery. When combined with our traditional offerings, alternative medicine helps us improve outcomes for many of our patients. Feel free to contact us if you are interested in learning more about our alternative therapies and whether they could benefit your pet.
Just like humans can benefit from herbal supplements and other natural treatment options, pets can too. Many plants found in nature produce extracts that support organ function, relieve pain, and provide benefits that pharmaceutical options may not. Your veterinarian can help you decide which herbal treatments are right for your pet.
Recently, acupuncture has experienced growth as a treatment option for both people and pets! This ancient form of Chinese medicine has been practiced in Asia for over 3,000 years. Within the past 50 years, the practice of acupuncture has steadily grown in the veterinary field, to the point that is now considered an integral component of veterinary medicine by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Acupuncture can be used as a complementary therapy for the treatment of a variety of medical conditions, such as:
- Arthritis and back pain
- Skin allergies
- Chronic heart disease
- Respiratory and gastrointestinal disorders
- Cancer therapy
Most pets are very receptive to acupuncture. In fact, it’s not uncommon for a pet to doze off during treatment because it is so relaxing! You are welcome to stay with your pet during their 20-30 minute acupuncture session.
At Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital, we use acupuncture in addition to, and along with, our conventional protocols in order to maximize your pet’s overall quality of life. Acupuncture is a great option for long-term management of chronic illness or pain, especially when a pet does not respond to traditional therapies. Our veterinarians are happy to talk to you about how acupuncture may benefit your pet.