Integrative Medicine and Rehabilitation
Our Integrative Medicine & Rehabilitation service staff consists of veterinarians and technicians that are passionate about the comfort and care of your pet. Our integrative approach to veterinary treatment incorporates both traditional Chinese and western medicines. We treat companion animals, as well as exotics and farm animals.
- Herbal Therapy
- Food Therapy
- Tui-na (Chinese acupressure and massage)
- Therapeutic Laser
Information for Clients
Do I need a referral for my pet to see Integrative Medicine & Rehabilitation?
No. However, please call your veterinarian to send over any previous records and radiographs they have for your pet.
What should I expect at the first consultation?
A questionnaire will be emailed to you prior to the first appointment. Please fill that out and bring it with you. If you do not have access to print it out, please arrive early for your appointment time to fill it out. We will not be able to begin assessment without it.
Because we are a teaching hospital, you will be greeted by a student who will get a thorough history of your pet. The student will then have you return to the waiting room while your pet is taken into the hospital and evaluated by our veterinary team. Please do not leave during this assessment unless prior arrangements have been made. We will not be able to proceed with any treatment without your consent.
Once the assessment is complete, our veterinarian and student will return to talk to you about their findings and recommendations. This may include acupuncture, rehabilitation, herbal supplements, and other therapies.
Will my pet receive treatment at the first consultation?
We would love to treat your pet at the first visit! Please make sure you indicate that you are interested in pursuing Integrative Medicine treatment when you make your initial appointment. This will indicate to our receptionists to schedule the allotted time needed for treatment.
How often should my pet be treated by Integrative Medicine & Rehabilitation?
Once the assessment has been completed, we will make recommendations on frequency of visits. Usually, we see patients once or twice a week.
Acupuncture is a form of medicine using small sterilized needles inserted in specific points to treat many disorders. Each point has a specific action to help the body heal itself. Acupuncture can stimulate nerves, increase blood flow, relieve muscle spasm, and release of endorphins. The use of acupuncture in animals has been widely studied and proven to help all systems of the body. Because the needles are so small, patients rarely feel them and have even fallen asleep during treatment.
Our rehabilitation service has state of the art equipment to treat a variety of orthopedic and neurologic conditions. Our treatments include aquatic therapy (underwater treadmill), electric stimulation, therapeutic ultrasound, and exercises. An exercises program using some or all of these modalities will be tailored to your pet and their condition. Your pet will also be prescribed at-home exercises to maximize their recovery.