Alternative Therapy

 

For many pet parents, having the option to choose alternative therapy for their animal family members is a huge benefit. These techniques combine ancient methodology with modern technology for natural healing and enhanced wellness. At Westside Pet Hospital, we’re pleased to offer a number of these integrative treatment options to help you better care for your four-legged friend.

 

Acupuncture

The ancient practice of acupuncture operates under the theory that when the body’s natural energy source becomes disrupted, sickness and pain can occur. To address these ailments without the need for medication, acupuncture needles are inserted into specific points along the body. Once inserted, the needles cause a cellular response in the targeted area. This restores the body’s energy, thereby promoting healing and reducing pain. Veterinary acupuncture can be used to treat anything from arthritis to respiratory problems and just about everything in between. It can also be used to boost the immune system and create better balance.

 

Chinese Herbal Medicine

For thousands of years, the Chinese have long held the belief that certain herbs, when strategically combined together, can provide a natural way to manage the health of both people and animals. Chinese herbal medicine is particularly effective in treating chronic medical conditions and is often used to relieve pain, improve and restore proper organ function, and strengthen the immune system. The ultimate goal of herbal therapy is to gradually return the body to a state of balance and wellness without the risk of side effects that traditional pharmaceuticals can present.

 

Homeopathic Medicine

Homeopathy is a holistic therapy option that is based on the theory that the same substances which cause illness in the body, when used properly, can also counteract those same symptoms. The word homeopathy literally means “to treat with a similar disease”. Homeopathic medicine uses natural ingredients to help strengthen the body’s ability to fight off illness and restore a sense of balance throughout. It is especially effective in managing chronic medical conditions to improve the patient’s overall quality of life.

Our holistic medicine options are typically used in conjunction with our traditional Western medical services, although they can be used as standalone treatments in certain cases. Your pet’s individual situation will be carefully considered when we are developing our treatment recommendation.

If you’re curious about how our integrative therapy options might provide healing and relief for your pet, we invite you to start a conversation today!

 

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    • Mary WeirichMary Weirich

      My 5 kitties (between 6 and 12 years old) would HIGHLY recommend Dr. Shaw and staff! We've been with Westside for more than 2 1/2 years since we moved from Texas and have had anything from yearly checkups/vaccinations to dental cleanings and thyroid cancer treatments at the clinic. The staff is friendly, the facility super clean and relaxing. Us kitties appreciate the separate kitty and dog areas. Dr. Shaw has very good "kitty manners" and is extremely knowledgeable and patient. We really appreciate that our appointments are always on schedule with very little waiting time and we always feel our 5 babies are in capable hands. Laurie at the front desk is so nice and kind! Five stars all the way!!!Thank you guys (and ladies)!!! Marita S.

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    • Leigh CrainLeigh Crain

      Our fur baby Radar had knee surgery yesterday. Dr. Shaw and his staff provided us with a professional service with compassion and support. We left her for the surgery feeling confident that she was in good hands.
      Their caring nature is so apparent when you see them work with your pet. Thank you Dr. Shaw and staff!

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    • Gretchen WoodruffGretchen Woodruff

      We absolutely love Dr. Shaw and the entire team at Westside Pet Hospital. They are great to work with and always get our boys in ASAP. We are lucky to have such a caring team to take such good care our dogs : )

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      Highly recommend Westside Pet Hospital. Exceptional customer service and knowledgeable staff.

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      I think when I moved to Bend 2 1/2 years ago I was more worried about my fur-babies having a good doctor then I was about my own doctor!! Dr. Shaw is the best and they have always been super helpful. I am never worried when I have leave them for the day with the staff and Dr. Shaw. Thank you so much for loving my babies as much as I do!

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      I visited Dr. Shaw after my sweet little yorkie was screaming in pain for 2 days. We took her to another veterinarian and they misdiagnosed her as having... Read More

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      We drove down from the Portland area to have gold bead implants done on our Puppy for hip dysplasia. The staff was great and Dr Shaw was very kind. This was yesterday. This morning our puppy got up from bed and I can already see a difference in her limp. She is happier and has more energy than I have seen in a long time. That is one day! I am so happy to see her so happy. Can't wait to see how she continues to improve. Thank you, Dr Shaw!!! :)

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