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Integrative Medicine embraces Western medicine and Holistic Therapies, with an emphasis on those Holistic Therapies with a strong tradition of documented effects, careful research and ongoing study. At Vale Park Animal Hospital these include Nutritional counseling and Nutritional supplementation, Herbal Therapy, Medical Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Therapeutic Laser and Massage Therapy. We also embrace the many positive attributes of medical skills that have been highly developed in Western medicine. Some of these include superb emergency medicine and critical care skills, advanced dental and surgical techniques, Ultrasound, effective and safe medicines for infections, arthritis, inflammation and pain, and many highly sophisticated diagnostic tools.
Simply put, Integrative Medicine offers the best tools, at the best time, for the health condition that is presented. Integrative Medicine offers the best options for wellness-focused care too. At Vale Park Animal Hospital we would no more deprive you of the best that Western medicine has to offer than we would neglect to tell you when acupuncture or herbal therapy would be in your pet's best interest. It's that simple. More often than not, Integrative Care combines aspects of both Western therapies and Holistic therapies for the most optimal treatment/wellness approach.
Acupuncture is an ancient healing art used for nearly 4,000 years on animal and humans. Acu-needle, puntura- puncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body that results in neuromodulation and secondary neurophysiological events locally and in the brain, in order to achieve the desired effect. Acupuncture can be used as a primary treatment but mostly is used in combination with pharmaceutical products, herbs, nutrition, nutritional supplements and/or Therapeutic Laser therapy.
In small animals acupuncture successfully treats many disorders. It is most commonly used to treat Pain and Nervous system disorders such as Arthritis, Intervertebral disc disease degenerative myelopathy, muscle weakness and central nervous system disorders like seizures. It can also be incorporated into treatment protocols for skin diseases, allergies and gastrointestinal disorders.
"LASER" is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Our Class IV laser system provides enough power to transmit photons deep within the tissues. This deep penetration of photons allows the stimulation of cells throughout all of the target organs. Photobiostimulation allows for an increase in cellular health and energy, pain relief, anti-inflammatory effects, immune stimulation, and an acceleration of the animals' own cellular healing processes.
Therapeutic laser therapy is used for acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, such as Hip and Elbow dysplasia, Back and Neck Pain, muscle and ligament injuries, myofascial and trigger point pain. Other conditions that can be helped from laser therapy include lick granulomas, sinusitis/rhinitis, feline lower urinary tract disorder, wound healing, post surgical rehabilitation and healing.
For additional information on this therapy, please click here for an informative article.
Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy (Chiropractic)
Chiropractic care aligns the spine and is very helpful for lameness, fast growing puppies, athletic dogs, trauma patients, or patients recovering from any musculoskeletal disease.
Your pet’s diet is the first pillar of health. Diet is critical to prevention of disease. Food is medicine. We can advise you on what to do to avoid the many illnesses related to inappropriate nutrition. We can even make you aware of the many good homemade diet options available. And we can assist you in choosing the best commercial foods for your pet.
Often we need to supplement our pets diets with Nutritional Supplements. This can be preventative and /or therapeutic. Some supplements commonly incorporated into a wellness plan include probiotics, digestive enzymes, adrenal, liver, thyroid, joint supportive supplements and anti-oxidants and immune support supplements.
Dr. Juhlin is a member of the International Acupuncture Society, American Association of Veterinary Acupuncturists, American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association. She has been a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist since 2000.
What kinds of cases suit an Integrative Approach?
People seeking an Integrative approach often treat their own health in an Integrative fashion. More often than not clients seeking this form of care are looking for safe and effective ways to prevent illness and promote wellness. At the other end of the spectrum are those chronic diseases that have responded unsatisfactorily to a strictly Western medical approach (these include allergies, gi disorders, arthritis, neurological cases among others). Cancer is another area where an Integrative approach is very useful in helping the body deal with chemotherapy, support the immune system and promote healing, quality and duration of life.
What happens at an Integrative Veterinary Appointment?
New cases often come with a long and /or complex history. They require Dr. Juhlin to do some homework prior to the consultation. There is a pre-consultation questionnaire that needs to be filled out. In order to utilize the consultation time most effectively, Dr. Juhlin requests that all lab work, diagnostics and referring Doctors notes be presented to Dr. Juhlin at least a week in advance of the appointment for her review. Bring all xrays to the consultation also. Come at least 20 minutes prior to your first consultation to fill out paperwork.
An Integrative Consultation involves a thorough physical examination, a thorough review of the history and discussion of the presenting complaint. Further diagnostics may be required to determine the next best course of action. A treatment approach is then designed and discussed. Often there are several ways to approach any given issue.
The first appointment may take an hour. Follow up appointments will be scheduled as indicated on a case by case basis.
If this sounds like the kind of care you would like for your pet you can get started by filling out the attached questionnaire and calling our office to set up an appointment!
Dr. Juhlin looks forward to meeting you and assisting you with your pet’s care!