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Alternative Therapies

Veterinary acupuncture for dogs and cats

Acupuncture, an ancient practice which uses needles placed in specific locations on the body, has been shown to cause the release of the body’s natural painkillers. Practiced for thousands of years on people and animals alike, veterinary acupuncture is a wonderful natural treatment for your beloved pet.

Yes, acupuncture can help your pet!

At Oswego Vet, we use acupuncture in conjunction with our Western medical therapy to help reduce the need for medications for a variety of pet concerns such as:

  • Pain and weakness associated with arthritis and spinal disc disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Gastrointestinal diabetes
  • Lower urinary tract disease
  • Allergies

What to expect from an acupuncture visit

Your first appointment with Dr. Duggan will be an hour long, and she’ll go over your pet’s medical history and health concerns. She will examine your pet with both Western and Chinese medicine techniques and start a plan for treatment. We may need additional Western medical testing to help guide our acupuncture to ensure that we have the safest and most effective plan possible.

Like humans, animal responses to acupuncture can vary

Most pets are very tolerant of the needles, but it can take a little while for them to get used to the idea, especially for some of the points around the head and feet. As endorphins are released, many will become very relaxed and come to enjoy their visits!

Most conditions require three to four weekly treatments to resolve the issue. For chronic health conditions, we can then drop this frequency to maintain your pet’s improved health.

A day or two after treatment, older pets especially may feel a little more tired before they feel better.

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For patients who may not tolerate needles, our Companion Laser Therapy is a great alternative

Photons of laser light penetrate deep into tissue and are absorbed into the cells which initiate a photochemical response.This response in the cells blocks nerve impulses accelerates tissue repair, increases circulation and reduces swelling.

Laser Therapy for cats and dogs

If your pet is in pain or has an area of injury or inflammation, laser therapy can help them heal and reduce pain. This includes patients that have the aches and pains due to old age, have just had a surgical procedure, or who have an open wound or recent injury.

Laser Therapy is used to:

  • Reduce pain and discomfort
  • Speed healing
  • Increase mobility and motion in joints
  • Reduce swelling

Your pet is in good company when receiving Laser Therapy. It is being used by over 2000 veterinary hospitals, physical therapists, and orthopedic specialists.

Contact us to find out more about this safe and effective way to treat your pet!

Veterinary Specialist Referrals

Although we handle the majority of your pet’s medical and surgical needs in-house, we occasionally refer patients to veterinary specialists or specialty clinics when advanced training or equipment will be beneficial.

Board-certified specialists, such as oncologists, cardiologists, ophthalmologists, and neurologists, have extensive experience and training in a particular area of veterinary medicine or surgery. Specialty clinics and university-affiliated referral centers have specialized equipment to perform procedures that are not routinely performed by general veterinary practitioners.

We make referral decisions because we want to ensure that our patients receive the highest standard of care and best possible outcome. Be assured that when we refer a patient to another hospital, we continue to stay involved with his or her care, consulting with the treating specialist and often providing any needed follow-up care and rehabilitation.