Pet Acupuncture & Holistic Pet Care in DeRidder, LA
Holistic therapies are those that promote the body’s healing of itself through procedures that stimulate physiological changes in your pet’s body. They are widely used as complementary therapies to conventional medicine to help increase your pet’s response to treatment. Our veterinarian, Dr. Lacey, is a Mixed Animal Certified Acupuncturist and also has extensive training in other traditional Chinese medicine modalities including chiropractic and herbal medicine.
These services are only available at our DeRidder, LA, location, Hayes Veterinary Hospital.
Acupuncture is an ancient complementary procedure originating in China, that involves the insertion of very thin needles into certain acupoints all over the body. These points generally correspond to muscle groups and nerve clusters. The needles trigger several physiological effects including:
- The release of the body’s natural painkillers (endorphins)
- Increased blood flow to the area
- Nerve stimulation
Together, these effects help to relax patients, relieve their pain, and decrease inflammation. Acupuncture can be used to help treat a variety of conditions including musculoskeletal injuries or conditions, orthopedic problems, gastrointestinal issues, neuromuscular problems, and more.
Chiropractic, or spinal manipulation, involves moving the spinal column with a controlled thrust using the hands. Our veterinarian, Dr. Lacey, has training in mixed animal chiropractic care and will work with you and your pet to develop a treatment plan. Chiropractic is primarily used to correct and prevent musculoskeletal problems in cats, dogs, and horses, but can be used on other animals as well.
For a chiropractic adjustment, you can expect the following:
- First, Dr. Lacey will examine your pet and determine if there are any areas of restriction and if your pet is in any pain. If they are in substantial pain, she may prescribe pain medications to help alleviate their discomfort before making the adjustment.
- Dr. Lacey will perform the adjustment using her hands to deliver a quick thrust to your pet’s spinal column, which will release the tension. Most animals take the therapy very well.
- Improvements can often be seen immediately but it may take some time. After an adjustment, it is normal for your pet to feel some fatigue for up to 48 hours after their appointment.
- To continue your pet’s improvement, further animal chiropractic sessions are often necessary. Dr. Lacey will work to develop a plan that suits both you and your pet.
Chinese herbal medicine, or herbal therapy, is the use of plants in their full, concentrated forms, to help treat disease. It is commonly used in conjunction with acupuncture and chiropractic to increase your pet’s benefits. Dr. Lacey has specific training in herbal medicine and will recommend certain supplements depending on your pet’s condition and health. Herbal therapies can be useful in treating:
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Hormonal disorders
- Liver or kidney disease
- Skin conditions
- And more