Is your furry family member limping? Wound not healing? Not jumping up as much as usual?
Sometimes, the use of drugs long term is not the best medicine. Instead, an alternative course of therapy may be a better choice for your pet. Dr. Robyn is certified in veterinary acupuncture, cold-laser therapy, medical massage, and has completed all training in veterinary chiropractic medicine.
Schedule an appointment for a full assessment of your pet's chronic/long-term pain or non-healing wound! You and Dr. Robyn can discuss options for a different approach to the management of your pet's issues.
Alternative therapies include acupuncture, cold-laser, massage, and manual manipulation of joints. These therapies can be used in conjunction with each other, with supplements, and/or with medications.
What is acupuncture? The International Veterinary Acupuncture Society defines it as: the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to produce a healing response. Each acupuncture point has specific actions when stimulated due to its proximity to nerves. This technique has been used in veterinary practice in China for thousands of years to treat many ailments.
Acupuncture is used all around the world, either along or in conjunction with traditional medicine, to treat a wide variety of conditions in every species of animal. Clinical research has been conducted showing positive results in the treatment of both animals and humans, and the use of acupuncture is increasing. Acupuncture will not cure every condition, but it can work very well when it is indicated. To find out more visit The International Veterinary Acupuncture Society.
What is cold-laser therapy? Veterinary laser therapy provides a non-invasive, pain-free, surgery-free and drug-free treatment that is used to treat a variety of conditions, and can be performed in conjunction with existing treatments.
Laser treatment for dogs utilizes deep-penetrating light to promote a chain of chemical reactions known as photobiostimulation. This process helps relieve pain through the release of endorphins, and it stimulates injured cells to heal at an accelerated pace.
Although improvement is often seen after the first visit, your dog's condition will influence how often and long laser therapy is necessary. Treatments vary in length, but most sites require 3 to 8 minutes. Laser treatments for dogs are cumulative, so each additional treatment facilitates a greater improvement in your dog's condition. The length and frequency of treatments vary by condition, so allow Dr. Robyn to help create a sufficient laser treatment schedule for your canine family member. The Integrative Veterinary Care Journal can explain the process in more detail.
Medical massage and manual manipulation: If you have ever had a massage, you know the benefits it can have on your physical and mental state. Your dogs and cats are the same. Massages release endorphins and help reduce stress and tightness in muscles. This allows the body to function better. Couple this with manual manipulation (the veterinary version of chiropractic adjustments), and many times an animal will walk with a bit more pep to his step!
Prices are: Initial consultation/exam - $35 (see our Medical Appointments tab for more information on this fee) Initial treatment during initial exam - $20
Follow up treatments - $20-$50 depending on services needed There is an additional charge for larger animals over 30 lbs ($10-30) depending on the amount of area that needs to be treated.
Dalton Clinic: 2518 Cleveland Hwy Ste: 15 Dalton, GA 30721