Alternative Medicine for Pain Management:
There’s More Than One Way

Therapeutic Laser Therapy

Therapeutic laser therapy has been used to treat humans for the last 40 years with a great deal of success. It has only recently progressed to the point that it is also being utilized in veterinary medicine.

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This form of therapy helps treat acute and chronic injuries such as sprains, arthritis, disc injuries, and other orthopedic issues. Laser therapy can be used to reduce healing time of wounds or surgical sites by increasing blood flow to the area.

Laser therapy is noninvasive, has no side effects, and is usually well tolerated by most pets. Therapeutic laser therapy is a safe and effective method to relieve pain for many pets that do not require surgery or medication.


Acupuncture has been around for literally thousands of years, but it is still considered a fairly new therapy for pets in the United States. There is evidence of acupuncture treatments being used to treat horses in China as much as 4,000 years ago.

In what ways can your pet benefit from acupuncture treatment?

  1. Acupuncture can stimulate the release of pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory substances in your pet’s own body.
  2. Muscles relax at the site of the needle insertions and that relaxation radiates to other areas of the body. This relaxation helps with pain relief at specific locations and in a more generalized fashion.
  3. Blood flow is improved with acupuncture, helping with blood oxygenation and waste removal.
  4. Acupuncture has few known side effects.
  5. There are no drug interactions to be concerned about with acupuncture. This allows your pet to continue taking needed medication while receiving acupuncture therapy with no risk.

Call today to schedule an appointment and see if our alternative medicine modalities are right for your pets’ needs.

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