Alternative Medicine

Along with traditional veterinary care, Animal Health Services also offers alternative therapies like acupuncture and laser therapy. These treatments often work best in conjunction with other traditional treatments like medications.

Hydro-Massage Ozone Therapies

Ozone (O3) is an energized form of oxygen (O2). This means the ozone molecule contains three oxygen atoms, while the oxygen molecule contains only two. Ozone is the most powerful and rapid-acting oxidizer man can produce, and it oxidizes all bacteria, mold and yeast spores, organic material and viruses.

Hydro-massage ozone therapies can help pets with all kinds of skin and general health disorders, including:

  • Fungal conditions like dermatophytosis, dermatomycosis, malassezia dermatitis and candidiasis
  • Allergies like dermatitis caused by fleas and food
  • Seborrhea (itchy, scaly skin)
  • Alopecia
  • General itching
  • Skin wounds

It can also soothe arthritic joints, boost postoperative orthopedic healing and help heal incisions.

Hydro-massage ozone therapies aid our groomers in regaining skin health. The immune system has to do the work of healing the body, so skin ozone therapy receives the best results when paired with other treatment modalities.

The number and frequency of treatments will vary depending on the condition being treated. Your Animal Health Services veterinarian will develop a treatment plan with you depending on your pet’s particular needs.

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy is a holistic, noninvasive, effective way to treat and manage many different conditions in pets. Laser therapy works by stimulating cells and tissues and reducing inflammation. Reducing inflammation minimizes pain from a variety of chronic conditions.

During treatments, pets may feel a painless tingling as light enters tissues and cells, but it is a very slight sensation. The length and frequency of treatments your Animal Health Services veterinarian recommends will depend on how chronic the condition is and the depth the laser light needs to reach to be effective. Most treatments only take between two and ten minutes, and most pets show positive results within three or four treatments.

Some conditions laser therapy can treat include acute and chronic otitis, intervertebral disc disease, hip dysplasia, cranial cruciate ligament tears, chronic pain and inflammation, degenerative joint disease and arthritis. Laser therapy can treat many more diseases and injuries as well, so ask your Animal Health Services veterinarian if laser therapy could help your particular pet.

Veterinary Orthopdic Manipulation (VOM)

Veterinary orthopedic manipulation (VOM) is a healing technology that locates areas of a pet’s nervous system that have fallen out of communication and reestablishes that neuronal communication, inducing healing. VOM is the most simple, effective and safe healing modality in veterinary care to date.

Animal Health Services regularly treats the following conditions with VOM:

  • Acute and non-acute lameness
  • Progressive lameness
  • Syndromes similar to hip dysplasia
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Progressive myelopathies (“down in the rears” dogs)
  • Urinary and fecal incontinence
  • Unilateral lameness
  • Wobbler’s disease
  • Diseases of the knee
  • Esophageal disease
  • Abnormal GI motility
  • Digestive disorders
  • Performance problems
  • Behavioral problems
  • Agility dysfunctions
  • Endocrine disease

For more information on how these alternative medicine treatments can help your pets, schedule an appointment at Animal Health Services.