Alternative Therapies

Alternative Therapies

Laser Therapy

One of the alternative therapies we’re proud to offer is laser therapy. Laser therapy is an innovative technology that treats acute and chronic injuries. It successfully accelerates the healing process after surgery, alleviates joint pain, and treats degenerative diseases.

Laser therapy focuses red and infrared light on tissue at and below the surface of the skin. The light energizes the cells, producing a structural protein called collagen used to repair tissue. Lasers continue to promote healing by supporting vascular dilation and synthesis, increasing blood circulation to the affected region. The stimulation also releases the body’s own pain-relieving hormones.

The process generally takes between 5-10 minutes, with most patients seeing positive effects after 3-5 uses. The treatment continues to relieve pain and fight inflammation for up to 24 hours following the session.

Conditions improved with laser therapy include:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Post-surgical incisions and soft-tissue trauma
  • Arthritis and degenerative joint disease
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Neuromuscular disease

Our veterinarians normally combine laser therapy with other types of medicine, including pharmaceutical regimens and alternative treatments. The broad biochemical benefits and lack of adverse side effects have made laser therapy the preferred post-operative rehab method in veterinary medicine.

If you would like to know more about laser therapy and if it could benefit your pet, contact us at 510-350-8538.

Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs with Dr. Dunn

Acupuncture is a 3000-year-old Chinese practice utilizing hair-thin needles to stimulate the body’s nerve centers, improving blood circulation and releasing pain-relieving hormones. This virtually painless process relaxes muscle tissue and oxygenates the surrounding area, allowing the body to heal more rapidly.

Disorders that can be treated with acupuncture include:

  • Neurologic and soft tissue pain
  • Arthritis
  • Allergies
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Musculoskeletal systemic problems
  • Skin conditions
  • Respiratory distress

Acupuncture is one of the safest veterinary treatments available. It requires no pharmaceutical assistance, removing the possibility of overdose and adverse reaction and can be used in conjunction with most other traditional and alternative treatments.

At The Grand Lake Veterinary Hospital, we believe in whole body care. Veterinary acupuncture is a way to treat a plethora of conditions by restoring balance in the body. Dr. Eleanor Dunn received her certification in veterinary acupuncture in 2009, seamlessly integrating her holistic treatments with Western medicine.

Whole Body Care

At The Grand Lake Veterinary Hospital, we are proud to offer alternative therapies such as Chinese herbal therapy for our patients. As more and more people find success using herbal therapy for themselves, they start to wonder about helping their pets using the same therapies. Chinese herbal therapy has been around the longest – with the best success. Many veterinarians use them in conjunction with traditional medications because they seem to work well together.

Our veterinarians use Chinese herbal therapy for many different diseases and conditions, including pain management, allergies, and immune system problems. It has also proven to be useful with skin, digestive, and respiratory problems.

We make sure to stock only the highest quality of Chinese herbs available. We only use herbs that are specifically made for pets to avoid any adverse reactions. The most common problem is diarrhea and that can be easily fixed by changing the dosage. Chinese herbs come in many forms, so owners can decide the best way to give it to their pet. They come in powder, capsules, and even biscuit form!

If you have any questions about Acupuncture, Chinese herbal therapy, or any other alternative therapies, call us at (510) 350-8538.