Alternative Medicine

Phone / Text: 910-484-7153

Alternative medicine, sometimes called holistic, complementary or integrative therapy, provides an added layer of treatment for a variety of medical conditions that our animal companions can suffer from. Some of these alternative treatment methods include laser therapy, a cutting edge method that utilizes modern technology to aid in the treatment and management of pain and many medical conditions and Acupuncture, a method that uses small needles to rebalance a pet’s vital energy. Academy Pet Hospital is proud to offer both laser therapy and acupuncture as an alternative care option as part of a more comprehensive approach to veterinary care.

Class 4 Laser Therapy

Laser therapy is a cutting edge technology that uses a high-intensity light to painlessly penetrate the skin and address areas within the body that are injured or causing pain. Laser therapy has been proven to reduce pain, improve mobility and speed healing following surgery or injury. This treatment option is particularly favorable because it is fast, painless, non-invasive and drug-free. While the results of laser therapy can often be seen almost immediately, the number and frequency of treatments will be determined on a case by case basis, depending on the condition being treated.


Acupuncture is an aspect of traditional Chinese veterinary medicine that uses small needles to rebalance a pet’s vital energy or “Chi”. The insertion of these needles into areas of the body where nerves and blood vessels converge helps to increase blood flow and stimulate the body’s own anti-inflammatory responses. Alongside traditional therapies, Acupuncture can help provide your pet with pain relief, increased mobility, and a reduction of inflammation-related symptoms. We highly recommend this therapy if your pet has any functional concern.

This therapy can be used to treat chronic conditions like arthritis, IVDD, hip dysplasia, or acute injury. The body’s response to acupuncture is cumulative so to give your pet maximum relief we recommended a series of treatments! Begin the process today by consulting with Dr. Janet John-ston, certified acupuncture professional.

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