Alternative medicine, sometimes called holistic, complementary or integrative therapy, provides an added layer of treatment for a variety of medical conditions that our animal companions can suffer from. Some of these alternative treatment methods, such as acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, have been used around the world on humans for thousands of years and are now being embraced for the similar benefits they offer in veterinary medicine. Other treatments, like laser therapy, are cutting edge methods that utilize modern technology to aid in the treatment and management of pain and many medical conditions. Academy Pet Hospital is proud to offer these alternative care options as part of a more comprehensive approach to veterinary care.


For centuries, acupuncture has been touted for its incredible, almost immediate benefits by various cultures around the world. This alternative therapy option uses tiny needles which are strategically inserted into various areas of the skin that are known to target specific points within the body. When inserted, the acupuncture needles cause a cellular response that triggers the body’s natural healing mechanism. Acupuncture is drug-free, virtually painless and can be used to treat a broad range of medical conditions, such as:

  • Musculoskeletal Conditions
  • Lameness
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Neurological disorders
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Immune-Mediated Diseases
  • Dermatological Problems
  • Renal and Urinary Disorders
  • Reproductive Problems
  • Behavioral Problems

Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (VOM)

Veterinary orthopedic manipulation is an alternative treatment option that involves locating areas of the nervous system that are not properly communicating and re-establishing proper neuronal communication. The result is a healing response from within the body. VOM is simple, effective and safe, as well as fast and easy-to-apply. VOM is different from chiropractic adjustments in that it addresses neuronal subluxations, or misalignments, rather than directly manipulating the affected bone or joint. It also requires the use of a handheld device, rather than the hands-on approach used in chiropractic adjustments. Some of the many medical conditions that can be effectively treated with VOM include:

  • Lameness
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Disc Disease
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Incontinence
  • Diseases of the Knee
  • Esophageal Disease
  • Wobblers’ Disease
  • Endocrine Disease
  • Performance Problems
  • Behavioral Problems

Chinese Herbal Medicine

The ancient methodology of Chinese herbal medicine holds that certain natural products of various plants, when either used independently or when strategically integrated together, could help bring the body into a greater sense of balance and promote a healthier life over time. That same concept can be applied to our animal companions, helping to keep them healthier, happier and improving their quality of life. Academy Pet Hospital is experienced in delivering this ancient treatment option and can work with you to develop the perfect combination to support your pet’s unique needs.

Class 4 Laser Therapy

Laser therapy is a cutting edge technology that uses a high-intensity light to painlessly penetrate the skin and address areas within the body that are injured or causing pain. Laser therapy has been proven to reduce pain, improve mobility and speed healing following surgery or injury. This treatment option is particularly favorable because it is fast, painless, non-invasive and drug-free. While the results of laser therapy can often be seen almost immediately, the number and frequency of treatments will be determined on a case by case basis, depending on the condition being treated.