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.  If you don’t have time to come, we are now proud to offer virtual appointments.

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.

Chinese Medicine

Ancient Chinese medicine is based on the Daoist theory that the cosmic forces governing the universe also govern the inner workings of the body and that life-energy (or Qi) is a fundamental force, driving the body’s every action. Another Daoist philosophy also featured prominently in Chinese medicine is that of Yin and Yang – a theory which holds that opposing forces of the universe (light/dark, hot/cold, etc.) play a pivotal role in the characterization of disease and physiological function.
Chinese medicine, as it relates to the treatment of animals, is comprised of four modalities or “branches” that include: Acupuncture, Food Therapy, Herbal Medicine and Tui-na.

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. Veterinary acupuncture can be used to treat anything from arthritis to respiratory problems and just about everything in between. It can also be used to boost the immune system and create better balance.

Herbal Medicine

For thousands of years, the Chinese have long held the belief that certain herbs, when strategically combined together, can provide a natural way to manage the health of both people and animals. Chinese herbal medicine is particularly effective in treating chronic medical conditions and is often used to relieve pain, improve and restore proper organ function, and strengthen the immune system. The ultimate goal of herbal therapy is to gradually return the body to a state of balance and wellness without the risk of side effects that traditional pharmaceuticals can present.

Food Therapy

Food Therapy is the art and science of using strategically selected food ingredients to feed each individual based upon their age, species, current physiological state or disease process using the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Different kinds of food can be used to treat various symptoms and ailments. Each specific food ingredient has flavors and energies that are selected according to the pet’s unique physiological needs and disease process.

Tui-na

Tui-na, which means “push/pull-lift”, is a Chinese manual therapy used in the prevention and treatment disease. Tui-na uses various manipulations applied to acupuncture points and meridians and/or special limb-stretching movements to bring the body into balance and prevent or treat diseases. Tui-na can be used to soothe joints, promote circulation, balance the organs and strengthen the body’s resistance. These techniques of manual therapy have been successfully used to treat musculoskeletal conditions, arthritis, disk disease, nerve paralysis, generalized weakness and even internal medical problems.

Clinical Nutrition

Your animal companion’s diet is the foundation of his or her wellness. A healthy, balanced diet is paramount to preventing disease and sustaining long-term wellbeing. Simply put, food is medicine. The team at Southlake Animal Hospital is highly skilled in pet nutrition and can advise you on how to avoid the many ailments related to poor diet. We can assist in choosing the best commercial food products for your pet. Or, if you prefer, we can provide guidance on certain homemade diet options that might better serve your loved one’s nutritional needs.

Nutritional Supplements

In many instances, supplementing a pet’s diet can help, either as a therapeutic treatment option or a preventative measure. Some supplements that are routinely incorporated into a companion animal’s wellness program may include things like probiotics, anti-oxidants and supportive supplements designed specifically for the liver, thyroid, joints or immune system. We would be happy to discuss this option with you and determine whether nutritional supplements might be beneficial for your pet’s wellness.

If you have any questions about these or any other alternative treatment options and whether they’d benefit your pet, feel free to reach out. We’re happy to help!