Kirkland Pet Holistic and Acupuncture Services
What Is Holistic Veterinary Medicine?
Holistic, also called integrative or complementary, veterinary medicine is the examination and diagnosis of an animal that considers all aspects of the animal's life, and employs all of the practitioner's senses. Treatment is generally a combination of complementary, conventional and alternative modalities.
At Finn Hill Animal Hospital, our Kirkland veterinarians want to learn about your pet's behaviors, complete medical and dietary history, and environment, including emotional stresses and other factors. A thorough understanding of your pet's health will help our veterinary team make recommendations and provide you with the appropriate treatment options for improving your pet's health. The techniques used in holistic medicine are gentle, minimally-invasive, and incorporate patient well-being and stress reduction.
Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body that has the ability to alter various biochemical and physiologic conditions and help the body heal itself. Used successfully for nearly 4,000 years on animals and human beings, it is one of a variety of therapies that Finn Hill Animal Hospital offers to support your pet's wellness.
Acupuncture is one of the safest therapies available and side effects, if any, are usually minimal. At Finn Hill Animal Hospital and under the supervision of Dr. Velu, treatments may last from 10 seconds to 30 minutes depending on the condition treated and the method used. Pets may be treated as frequently as one to three times a week but, typically, are treated once weekly for four to six weeks. After the initial treatment period, the intervals between pet acupuncture visits are then extended based upon your pet's response. Most pets are seen once every two to six months for maintenance therapy. Some pets no longer need acupuncture therapy once their condition has resolved.
Conditions that can be treated with veterinary acupuncture include:
- Arthritis (hips, shoulders, elbows, back)
- Hip dysplasia
- Seizure disorders
- Soft tissue injuries such as sprains, muscle strains, and neck pain
- Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS or "dry eye")
- Lick granulomas
- Neurologic conditions
- Pain and nausea related to cancer
- Chronic digestive disorders (IBD, diarrhea, constipation)
- Spinal cord disorders
- Other medical conditions such as immune-mediated diseases and chronic liver or kidney diseases
A comprehensive pet health examination is completed prior to initiating acupuncture treatment for your Kirkland pet. It is also important for you to let us know about any physical changes that occur in your pet's health during and after all acupuncture treatments.
Homeopathy is another holistic discipline that has a wide range of use in veterinary medicine. Our veterinarians at Finn Hill Animal Hospital practice veterinary homeopathy because they find it to be a gentle, safe, and effective medical system that offers a true cure to many pets.
Homeopathy is based on the principle that "like cures like." It means that any substance that can produce symptoms in a healthy animal can cure similar symptoms in a animal who is sick. This idea is referred to as the "Law of Similars," and was understood by Aristotle and Hippocrates and mentioned in ancient Hindu manuscripts. It was a physician named Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, however, who turned it into a science of healing over 200 years ago.
Chiropractic is a neurologically-based, holistic approach to animal health care and an alternative healing technique we embrace at our animal hospital in Kirkland. Our specially-trained veterinarians correct misaligned joints with specific, controlled thrusts by hand aimed at a particular joint. Improperly moving joints not only causes pain and stiffness locally, but also interferes with the functioning of the brain and the rest of the nervous system.
Chiropractic is beneficial for many conditions that befall our pets. Elderly, arthritic pets can experience relief, as do pets suffering from neck, back, and leg pain, muscle spasms, nerve problems, injuries, jaw misalignments, bowel and bladder incontinence, constipation, and disc disease. Chiropractic is also important in the maintenance of health and is recommended for puppies to provide them with a healthy start in life.
We treat our animal patients while they are relaxed and cooperative. Most pets really enjoy it, and some even fall asleep during the care.
Ayurveda or Ayurvedic Veterinary Medicine
India's Ayurveda, meaning "science of life," is perhaps the oldest system of holistic medicine. Though human westerners have increasingly looked to the healthy wisdom that Ayurveda offers, few are aware that their animals and pets can benefit just as much from the alternative, natural supplements and lifestyle practices.
Ayurveda or Ayurvedic medicine is a Hindu system of traditional medicine native to India and a form of alternative medicine. Ayurvedic herbs and techniqies have been in use for thousands of years with safety and efficiency proving its track record. This alternative approach to health and healing is widely used for prevention and treatment of chronic ailments like digestive issues and muscloskeletal issues in the animals.