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Alternative Therapies

No two pets are the same. After all, it's what makes our companions so special! For this reason, Skippack Animal Hospital practices versatile veterinary medicine designed to meet the unique needs of each pet under our care. This includes traditional services, alternative treatments, and everything in between.

You can trust us to provide effective, cutting-edge rehabilitation services for your best friend. A well-rounded combination of traditional medicine and alternative approaches has helped our expert medical team heal, and even cure, countless pets. To us, there's nothing better.

Combining traditional and holistic medicine may do wonders for your pet. Before we begin treatment, we will take a complete look at your pet to devise a personal treatment plan. For pets suffering from chronic pain, arthritis, and post-operative pain-to name a few-traditional medicine alone may not do the trick. The good news is; traditional medicine can be used in combination with alternative therapies to produce amazing health outcomes for pets.

Our clinical team is trained to help your pet heal with:

 

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy provides drug-free, surgery-free, pain-free, relief for your pet. This FDA cleared deep-penetrating light allows relief of pain through the release of endorphins and stimulates injured cells to heal at a faster rate.

Benefits of laser therapy include: anti-inflammatory, pain relief, accelerated tissue repair and cell growth, improved vascular activity, increased metabolic activity, stimulation of acupuncture points, reduction of fibrous tissue, improved nerve function, immunoregulation, and faster wound healing.

Conditions that Respond to Laser Therapy:

  • Arthritis & Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Post-Surgical Pain Relief & Increased Healing
  • Otitis (Ear infections)
  • Wounds/Lacerations/Abrasions
  • Gingivitis
  • Cystitis
  • Burns
  • Lick Granulomas

 

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is a progressive treatment approach that helps pets with chronic pain and lameness heal. High energy sound waves allow for non-invasive deep tissue penetration that triggers the body's natural healing response. This advanced type of sound therapy is especially productive in treating musculoskeletal injuries, osteoarthritis, and wound healing.

The benefits of shockwave therapy are impressive. By interacting with the body's internal tissue non-invasively from outside the body, pets heal faster, improve mobility, and experience pain relief within one to three treatment sessions. In most cases, pets feel relief in as little as 24 hours! All of this provides pets with optimal comfort and an improved quality of life.

Shockwave therapy treats pets with:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Hip & Elbow Dysplasia
  • Chronic Back Pain
  • Tendon & Ligament Injuries
  • Chronic Soft-Tissue Wounds
  • Slow Healing Fractures
  • Painful Scar Tissue
  • Lick Granuloma

 

Acupuncture

Don't let the needles scare you! Our medical team is highly trained to insert needles in precise locations to stimulate the body's natural pain relieving response, promote healing, and release anti-inflammatory substances, endorphins, and hormones. Insertion points also improve blood flow, support oxygenation, and rid the body of metabolic wastes and toxins.

Acupuncture is a great alternative to prescription and over-the-counter medications, which cause adverse side effects for some pets. If your pet is taking medications or supplements, that's okay. Treatments are safe and will in no way interfere.

Treatment plans are devised on a case by case basis. Some pets may need longer, more frequent sessions than others. It all depends on your pet's symptoms, condition, and pain severity. Sessions typically take 15 minutes to an hour and are recommended 1-2 times per week.

Acupuncture therapy treats pets with:

  • Arthritis
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Trauma & Injury
  • Metabolic Disease
  • Immune Functioning
  • Endocrine Disorders
  • Atopic Dermatitis
  • Disc & Neurologic Disorders
  • Asthma

 

Chiropractic

Pets can get aches and pains, too. Like humans, pets living with joint pain and degeneration benefit from chiropractic care. Our clinical team is highly experienced to relieve pets of pain and discomfort with gentle vertebral alignment. This prevents the body from adjusting to unhealthy positions to offset joint pain. While we treat pets of all ages with chiropractic care, senior pets are seen most commonly.

Chiropractic therapy treats pets with:

  • Neck & Back Pain
  • Post-Surgical Healing
  • Injuries
  • Neurological Abnormalities & Muscle Spasms
  • Maintenance of Joint & Spine Health