Integrative veterinary medicine is a broad discipline that includes and combines several different aspects of whole-pet care. Our vet team blends western medicine with holistic approaches to treatment, and can include physical rehabilitation, acupuncture, regenerative (stem cell and PRP) medicine and nutrition.Patients are evaluated on the basis of their environment, disease, condition or pain score, and lifestyle, as well as results from other diagnostic modalities such as blood tests, ultrasound and radiographs (x-rays). Practicing integrative medicine allows us to treat your pets whole self.
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years as a way to help treat different ailments. Acupuncture involves the placement of needles in specific areas of the body to target musculoskeletal conditions and other health issues. Acupuncture stimulates the body to help produce a healing response.
Acupuncture can help relieve many problems, such as:
IVDD intervertebral disc disease
Myofascial trigger points and pain
Hind end weakness
Nerve paralysis (radial nerve, brachial plexus avulsion)
Please contact us to see if your pet is a candidate for acupuncture therapy.
Laser therapy uses light energy to reduce pain, increase metabolic activity, and facilitate healing. The light from the laser is absorbed by the cells within the tissue, which activates cell reproduction and growth. Laser treatments are painless and will increase circulation and stimulate oxygen, nutrients and water content of the body towards the damaged tissue in need of repairing tissue. This will result in optimal healing with decreased muscle stiffness, pain and inflammation.
Benefits of Laser therapy
- Accelerated tissue repair and cell growth
- Enhances wound healing
- Increased nerve functioning
- Reduced scar tissue
- Enhancing immune cells to combat pathogens
- Drug free solution to pain relief
When can Laser Therapy be used?
- Tendon/ligament injuries
- Muscle spasms
- Bladder infection/ cystitis (Feline lower urinary tract disease)
- Ear infection
- Anal gland inflammation (anal sacculitis)
- Post-operative care (incision site healing)
- Swollen joints
- Insect bites
- Hot spots
Ultrasound waves are produced by synthetic crystals that vibrate at a particular frequency which can, then, penetrate the skin. We have two types of ultrasound in our clinic, therapeutic and diagnostic. The therapeutic ultrasound is used as a healing modality in our rehabilitation patients. The therapeutic sound waves are specifically targeted to penetrate the damage issue. The waves will reduce pain and inflammation, increase circulation and increase mobility of soft tissues. This will result in expediated healing. Ultrasound therapy can help with a variety of injuries, please contact us to see if ultrasound therapy is appropriate for your pet.
Common injuries therapeutic ultrasound is used:
Sprains and muscle tendinopathies (biceps tendonitis, infraspinatus tendinopathy, supraspinatus tendinopathy)
Achilles tendon injury
Veterinary Rehabilitation is a therapeutic approach to help relieve pain and dysfunction in animals. Each pet has a unique and individualized treatment plan involving therapies to help regain function and relieve pain. These therapies can include: exercise, stretching, heat, cold, laser, ultrasound, regenerative therapy, hydrotherapy (underwater treadmill), manual myofascial therapy, TENS/NMES and others. Rehabilitation can be used for a variety of ailments including but not limited to: post-surgical recovery, musculoskeletal injuries, lameness, joint injury, neurological conditions, performance problems in sport animals, weight loss management.
Visit our rehabilitation section on our website for more details!
Electrical stimulation is the application of electrical impulses to muscles, stimulating contractions. It aids in pain management and prevents muscle atrophy (muscle loss).
Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) stimulates a target muscle or tissue using nerves. We will use this mode of therapy in cases where muscle loss is significant or nerve function is impaired, such as nerve paralysis patients or post operative patients.
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a form of NMES and is mainly used to help alleviate pain or muscle spasms. Our first and foremost goal of all patients is pain control. We utilize TENS in many of our patients to give immediate pain relief. In many cases of chronic back pain and spondylosis patients, we teach owners how to use the machine at home so pain control can be managed at a constant level.
Regenerative Medicine - Platelet Rich Plasma and Stem Cell Therapy
With advancements in technology, we are able to use the body's own cells to heal and regenerate damaged tissue in way that other medical and surgical techniques may not be able to.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelets are a blood cell naturally found in the body. They are important in wound healing and blood clotting. The platelet has two types of granulaes. In PRP therapy, we are interested in the granules responsible for wound healing and growth factors. It is these growth factors that will stimulate other body cells to migrate to the injured area and start tissue healing. Platelets will also recruit and activate stem cells. This is all very important in the healing of tissue-cartilage, muscle, soft tissue, tendon, skin and ligament.
Stem Cells (Bone marrow derived)
Once the bone marrow is collected and processed in house from the patients bone, the concentrated stem cells are injected into the damaged joint, tendon or ligament. The stem cells will:
1. Activate surrounding resident cells
2. Release cell factors and growth factors to speed healing and tissue repair
3. Reduce and /or eliminate scar tissue
4. Modulate immune function
5. Differentiate into surrounding tissue type
Injection site discomfort is the most common side effect reported. This typically resolves within 12-24 hours post injection. Steriods and anti inflammatory medications are avoided immediately pre and post injection to avoid interference with the healing process.
To optimize maximum healing and mobility potential, we recommend a dedicated conditioning and post op rehab program alongside injection therapy.
Pulsed Electrical Magnetic Therapy (PEMF)
PEMF utilizes bursts of low level electromagnetic radiation to decrease pain caused from injury. It will increase the healing of damaged bone, tissue and muscle. This therapy is pain free and can often be prescribed for owners to use at home on a daily basis for chronic conditions. PEMF technology is one of our unique therapies utilized for our rehab and surgical patients to increase pain control.
At our clinic, we utilize two different PEMF systems, the Respond system and Embrace system. Both provide pain relief especially in chronic pain conditions such as arthritis. Ask us if you think your pet could benefit from an at home system that is affordable, easy to use and beneficial to their mobility and quality of life!