Also called integrative, alternative, or complementary medicine, holistic therapies are an important part of the care we provide to Pewaukee’s dogs and cats and includes therapies such as pet acupuncture, spinal manipulation, and nutritional and herbal therapy. Integrative medicine is a personalized and often preventative form of care, in which the ultimate goal is to enable the body to heal itself an minimize the intervention of drugs or surgery.
Different Pets Respond to Different Therapies
Schedule a consultation today and discover the best integrative approach for your pet!
Pewaukee Veterinary Service’s Dr. Ann-Margret Morgan is a member of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and is certified by the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association, and the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. Dr. Lisa Nashold is also a certified veterinary acupuncturist through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and also received certification at Colorado State in Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians in 2009.
Pet acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine sterile needles into certain points on the body. These points are vital areas along “meridians” or energy channels of the body that can be disrupted due to disease or injury. Scientifically, many acupuncture points correspond to joints, nerve clusters, and muscles.
The inserted needles have numerous benefits such as:
- Improved blood circulation
- Pain management
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Relaxed muscles
- Regulated breathing
- Reduced blood pressure
- And more
Conditions we treat with acupuncture include:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Epilepsy, seizures, and other nervous system problems
- Joint injuries
- Organ dysfunction
- And more
Dr. Ann-Margret and Dr. Nashold work with you to develop an effective treatment plan for your pet. Some pets benefit from one to two acupuncture sessions while others need a series in order to feel the effects. Oftentimes, we also use animal acupuncture as a preventive measure against certain illnesses and injuries.
In spinal manipulation, or chiropractic care, the spine is the focal point for treating mobility issues from certain musculoskeletal problems, nervous system issues, joint and muscle injuries, and more. Pet chiropractic care is generally not a one-and-done service. It may take several adjustments for your pet to regain their full mobility. When you visit Dr. Ann-Margret for a chiropractic appointment, here’s what you can expect:
- Ann-Margret will start by fully assessing your pet with range of motion and motion palpitation techniques. She’ll look for signs of discomfort and areas of restriction.
- After identifying any restriction, she will evaluate the level of pain your pet may be in. If it is severe, she will postpone the adjustment until your pet’s pain is more manageable (pain medication is often used to lessen pain).
- Once your pet’s pain is reduced, Dr. Ann-Margret performs the adjustment using a quick, precise movement that relieves the tension.
Nutritional & Herbal Therapy
Nutritional therapy involves the use of food and supplements to promote well-being while herbal therapy uses plants and herbs in their natural forms to facilitate healing. Your pet's diet can play a huge role in their health by affecting more than their weight; a good diet and supplements can help with brain function, joint problems, digestive health, and so much more. Within the practice of herbal therapy, it is believed that plants in their full form are more effective and comprehensive at treating illness because all of the plant’s elements have a unique and important role to play. Herbal therapy includes teas, tablets, powders, topicals, and more.
A titer test is a possible vaccine alternative and measures the antibodies for certain diseases already present in your pet’s body. A high level of antibodies could mean your pet does not require booster vaccinations at the time of the test. However, the law requires rabies vaccines to be administered on schedule, regardless of a titer test. Also, a titer test may not be enough to qualify your pet for boarding, grooming, training classes, or travel. Please talk to your veterinarian about any concerns regarding vaccinations and if titer testing is right for you and your pet!