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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    • Lisa TurnerLisa Turner

      We have been very pleased with Westside Pet Hospital since we've been taking our precious little Maltese Willow there for annual check up, vaccinations, and teeth cleaning since 2015 (new to Bend). Dr. Shaw is great with Willow and is very knowledgeable about pet health issues. We love that he runs a teeth cleaning special every year during the month of February (National Pet Dental Health month). During her teeth cleaning appointment, Willow had her teeth cleaned, her nails clipped, her ears cleaned, blood work, and she came home with a baggy of dental treats. They took very good care of her while she was there for 7 hours. We got a call from Kiley the next day to check on Willow to see how she was doing. Everyone at Westside Pet Hospital is great and cares very much about animals, especially their patients! We highly recommend Westside Pet Hospital.

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    • Debra Burke SimpkinsDebra Burke Simpkins

      I can't say enough about Dr. shaw and the Westside Pet Hospital. The staff is so lovely. They obviously care about what they do. Dr. Shaw is just awesome. He spends an incredible amount of time with you and your pet, is thorough and gives you a lot of information. I love the fact that he uses standard veterinary care as well as being trained in accupuncture and alternative medicine. The practice is also spotless! Our Bernese Mountain dog and our 2 cats are patients and they are quite pleased to see Dr. Shaw. I highly recommend Westside Pet Hospital!

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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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    • Harley C.Harley C.

      Tucker James, my beautiful fluffy baby, received a birthday card this week! I love the personal touch that Dr. Shaw and his team put into their customer... Read More

    • Patricia Rogers JulberPatricia Rogers Julber

      Dr. Shaw diagnosed and is taking great care of our cat Mo. She had lost weight and her personality had changed a bit. He was kind and very thorough with her. I would highly recommend him !

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    • Becky SmithBecky Smith

      Dr. Shaw has given incredible care to our 9 year old lab with liver disease. Her quality of life has improved dramatic calls with accupuncture. So thankful we found him!

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    • Becky DormanBecky Dorman

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

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