Alternate Therapies for your Pet
Alternate Therapies for your Pet
By using alternate therapies as part of your pet’s wellness plan more treatment options become available to you as a pet owner. These alternative therapies are especially useful in animals with chronic conditions, or for owners who are looking for drug-free options for their pets.
Veterinary acupuncture can be used to treat a wide variety of health conditions. At Town Centre, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat intervertebral disc disease, chronic arthritis pain and other degenerative joint diseases. Acupuncture can also be used to help stimulate healing of the body, treat allergic dermatitis, epilepsy, gastrointestinal disorders any many other health conditions your pet may be suffering from.
Veterinary chiropractic can be used to treat a wide variety of health conditions. Chiropractic is commonly used to help manage degenerative joint diseases and both acute and chronic back and neck pain. Before beginning chiropractic treatments for your pet, it is very important that your pet has a full assessment with one of our veterinarians, including an exam and complete x-rays of their bones and joints. This is to ensure this treatment is appropriate and safe for your pet. Results from a chiropractic treatment are often noted quite quickly, resulting in noticeable improvements in gait, mobility and a reduction in pain.
Veterinary massage therapy can be used to treat both acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries. It can speed up recovery time, improve range of motion and decrease overall pain. Massage therapy is most commonly performed as part of an overall treatment plan for chronic conditions, but can also be beneficial periodically for patients participating in sports such as agility and fly-ball etc.
Using myofacial release techniques in veterinary medicine attempts to release tension in the connective tissues (called fascia) that surround the muscles, bones, nerves, and organs of the body. Tension can accumulate in the fascia due to trauma, posture, or inflammation. This therapy helps by relaxing contracted muscles, improving blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulating the stretch reflex in muscles.
Veterinary Rehabilitation Therapy
Rehabilitation therapy is intended to get your pet back to normal function as quickly as possible and to restore the full range of movement and strength to the affected body parts. Rehabilitation may be recommended for your pet if they are suffering from an acute or chronic injury or recovering from orthopedic surgery. Rehabilitation therapy works on the basis that proper stimulation and movement of areas will promote an optimal rate and degree of healing. When done properly, rehabilitation therapy will speed healing, relieve pain, and improve your pet’s likelihood of a full recovery. Rehabilitation treatment plans will vary from animal to animal depending on each situation, but the plan will usually include periods of icing the affected area, massage and passive range of motion exercises. This will progress to slowly increasing the intensity of everyday exercise until normal activity levels and movement can be achieved.
Laser therapy is used to manage pain, reduce inflammation and accelerate the healing process. Laser therapy can be used to help treat many different things. If your pet is rehabilitating from a trauma or injury, healing from wounds, suffering from a chronically sore condition or simply suffering from the problems that come along with aging, your pet may benefit from laser therapy. Laser therapy is non-invasive and pain free. It is well tolerated by most patients, there is no need to shave your pet’s fur, and it is very time efficient (most treatments take less than 10 minutes!).
We use both eastern and western herbal formulas, which are sometimes used in conjunction with conventional medications. Herbal formulations are used to treat many health issues your pet might be dealing with. These include, but are not limited to skin, immune, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, and respiratory symptoms. Animals are often highly responsive to appropriate herbal formulas. Prescribed herbal medicines are generally used for several weeks or months, and occasionally for the life of the patient in order to maintain the required effect.
If herbal therapy is something that you are interested in, an initial assessment with one of the veterinarians that practices Traditional Chinese Medicine will need to be booked to assess your pet and choose the appropriate herbal formulation for your pet.
The process of homeopathy uses diluted potentiated solutions from a variety of plant, animal and mineral sources to treat acute and chronic health concerns. The goal of homeopathy is to stimulate the body's own immune system and healing processes to facilitate healing. Homeopathy can be used alongside conventional medicine as well as other alternative practices. Homeopathy may be used to help treat acute conditions such as sudden pain or lameness from a strained muscle or to help manage chronic diseases such as cushings disease or pancreatitis.