At Lakeway Animal Medical & Surgical Clinic, we believe that providing the best possible care to our patients involves offering plenty of choices to their loving owners. In addition to our comprehensive suite of traditional veterinary medical services, we also offer a number of integrative therapies which can be used alone or in conjunction with other treatment methods to deliver a more holistic approach to animal health care. These innovative therapies are available to aid in the care and treatment of a variety of illnesses and injuries and can be used to bring about both mental and physical balance in your four-legged best friend.
Acupuncture has been used on humans for thousands of years as a way to manage pain and treat a wide variety of medical conditions. Now, this same ancient methodology can be applied to our animal companions. Veterinary acupuncture involves the strategic placement of tiny needles which, when painlessly inserted into the skin, can cause a cellular response in the area being targeted, triggering the body’s natural healing ability.
Some of the many conditions that veterinary acupuncture can help with include:
- Gastrointestinal Tract Problems
- Musculoskeletal Conditions
- Respiratory Issues
- Urinary Tract Disorders
- Dermatological (Skin) Conditions
While the results from acupuncture are often noticeable after just one treatment, the number and length of treatments may vary based on the condition being addressed. Our experienced veterinarians will determine exactly how often and how many times your fur baby should be treated.
Veterinary chiropractic services are very similar to those techniques used in human chiropractic work and can be used to treat many of the same types of conditions. Chiropractic adjustments address what are known as subluxations, or areas of the skeletal system that are misaligned. Subluxations are most commonly seen in the spine, but may also be present in the joints or other areas of the body. These misalignments can cause stiffness, pain and reduced mobility. If your companion suffers from bone or joint problems, give us a call to see if a chiropractic adjustment might help alleviate their discomfort and help them enjoy a more comfortable life.
Therapeutic laser is an alternative treatment methodology that uses an intense beam of light to painlessly penetrate the skin and underlying tissue, targeting areas of pain, improving mobility and speeding the healing process following surgery or injury. Pets can benefit from this therapy because it is non-invasive and drug-free, and results can be seen almost immediately following treatment. The number and frequency of treatments vary depending on the condition being addressed and based on the recommendation of our experienced vets.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine is a practice that has been used for thousands of years, from ancient cultures to today. Now, we are able to apply these same innovative concepts to veterinary care, using natural herbs derived from different types of plants to support good health and treat a variety of illnesses. Herbal medicine can be used in conjunction with traditional Western medicine or as a stand alone treatment to address any number of conditions, including:
- Skin Conditions
- Digestive Problems
- Respiratory Conditions
- Reproductive Problems
- Immune System Disorders
The ancient methodology of food therapy, also called nutrition therapy, is a form of Chinese medicine that involves strategically combining certain natural foods in a way that will bring about balance throughout the body, prevent illness, support ongoing good health and address a number of medical conditions that may be present in the body. The practice of food therapy is typically used in collaboration with other Chinese medical treatments, such as acupuncture and herbal medicine, but it can also be used as a stand alone therapy.