Alternative & Holistic Veterinary Treatment Options

holistic veterinary treatments for dogs, cats and more

Our alternative veterinary treatments are often less intrusive and more effective than traditional care.

Like cats and dogs, traditional and alternative veterinary techniques might not seem like the best match, but think again! Over the past 15 years, Dr. Shaw expanded his veterinary education to include holistic medicine. This field of medicine provides many benefits to the pets we serve, as acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and prolotherapy are unique, effective treatments for a wide variety of common illnesses, diseases and issues. Many of these techniques have influences in eastern medicine, while others like homeopathy are based simply on treating the whole patient instead of just the disease.

Often, pet owners aren’t even aware that alternative medicine is an option in treating their trusted companion. Some are hesitant to try out scary and seemingly invasive procedures like acupuncture, but our team sees great results with these techniques every day. A combination of traditional and complementary holistic treatments helps our patients get better as quickly as possible.

If you have questions about any of the treatments listed below, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team today! (541) 678-5540


Acupuncturists believe that illness occurs when something blocks or creates an imbalance in chi, a Chinese word for life energy. Acupuncture is used to remove those blocks and reinstate balance, treating acute and chronic ailments, strengthening the immune system, and relieving pain.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbal remedies are used to realign a pet’s balance and improve overall well-being. Chinese herbal formulas complement the positive effects of acupuncture, improving effectiveness and the duration of effects.


Homeopathy means to treat like with like. The primary focus of homeopathy is to strengthen the patient’s immune system, improve natural defenses, and shift the balance in favor of recovery.

Cancer Treatment

Traditional chemotherapy is just as hard on pets as it is on people. Our natural, customized treatment plans help reduce the negative effects of chemo. Our goal with every pet is to cure cancer, but also to make your pet as comfortable as possible during this trying time. Often, just the knowledge that your companion is in good hands can help provide you with the strength and encouragement to keep moving forward.

Food Therapy & Nutritional Counseling

Food therapy is the practice of using natural foods with or instead of traditional medication and herbs. We also provide customized nutritional counseling to help identify the best diet for your pet.


Prolotherapy is a natural healing method used to treat chronic musculoskeletal pain and injuries. In this technique, a combination of concentrated solutions is injected into joint spaces, ligaments, tendons, and acupuncture points to stimulate and reactive the body’s natural healing response.

Gold Bead Implantation

Implanting gold beads in acupuncture points is used to treat many chronic conditions, such as hip dysplasia, spondylosis of the back, and epileptic seizures.

Contact Us

Westside Pet Hospital
133 SW Century Dr #102
Bend, OR 97702
Phone: (541) 678-5440



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