For many pet parents, having the option to choose alternative medicine for their animal family members is a huge benefit. These techniques combine ancient methodology with modern technology for natural healing and enhanced wellness. At Southlake Animal Hospital, we’re pleased to offer a number of these integrative treatment options to help you better care for your four-legged friend. These services are available as stand-alone treatment options or can be used in conjunction with other methods for optimum results.

Titer Testing

While vaccinating your pet is important to preventing many common illnesses and diseases in companion animals, it’s equally important not to over-vaccinate. One innovative way to avoid this is through the use of titer testing. A titer test is a simple blood test that measures the antibody levels for a particular CORE vaccine virus. A positive titer indicates that the animal is protected against the disease and vaccination is not required. Titers can be checked annually, but every 3 years is typically sufficient.
If you are interested in learning more about this type of testing or any other holistic medical options we offer, contact us today. We can evaluate your companion’s unique situation and advise whether alternative medicine would be a good fit.

Nutritional Counseling

Here at Southlake Animal Hospital, we believe the foundation to a healthy pet is proper nutrition.  We recommend a species appropriate moisture rich diet that includes fresh whole foods. Dr. Carlson would be happy to discuss your pet’s specific dietary needs at your next appointment.  

Chinese Herbs

Although the use of Chinese herbs is relatively recent in North America, there’s nothing new about them. They’re part of an ancient approach to wellness called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that originated in China thousands of years ago. As a whole, TCM’s overall philosophy encompasses a broad range of approaches, including acupuncture, massage and dietary therapy as well as Chinese herbs. 

Acupuncture

The ancient practice of acupuncture operates under the theory that when the body’s natural energy source becomes disrupted, sickness and pain can occur. To address these ailments without the need for medication, acupuncture needles are inserted into specific points along the body. Once inserted, the needles cause a cellular response in the targeted area. This restores the body’s energy, thereby promoting healing and reducing pain.  

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