Acupuncture, the stimulation of specific points on the body using needles, has long been one of the most common types of holistic medicine for pets and humans alike.
Acupuncture points contain nerve bundles, clusters of blood vessels, and a concentration of mast cells that release histamine and other chemicals when stimulated – including endorphins and enkephalins, the body's natural painkillers.
Acupuncture complements, but does not replace, the use of traditional treatments. All pets undergoing Jacksonville veterinary acupuncture should be treated medically or surgically as appropriate prior to acupuncture.
Acupuncture is one of the safest therapies available. Treatments last anywhere from 10 seconds to 30 minutes and are often repeated once to a few times weekly for four to six weeks.
Herbal approaches have been developed for the management of almost all conditions that challenge conventional veterinary medicine. These include:
Our South Jacksonville veterinarians believe that in some cases using herbal remedies produces improved outcomes and fewer side effects than many pharmaceutical products. Research has shown that certain herbs can:
Our animal hospital in South Jacksonville have invested in a therapeutic laser, which we use on our patients following surgery or an injury and to help manage a range of chronic and acute conditions.
This form of veterinary laser therapy is effective at:
As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved, allowing your pet to quickly return to his or her normal activities.
Wound healing, including:
Skin conditions, including:
Pain caused by musculoskeletal disorders, such as: