Alternative Veterinary Medicine

Alternative veterinary medicine uses minimally invasive techniques to improve your pet’s wellbeing, lifestyle, and stress levels. Many of our pet parents ask us about our alternative medicine options, and we’re happy to accommodate their requests—and even recommend them in many cases. At Germantown Vet, our veterinarians have decades of experience treating animals, and we have staff members who actively pursue alternative veterinary medicine treatments.

Learn more about our alternative veterinary medicine treatments—call us today at (301) 972-9730.

Our Alternative Veterinary Medicine Treatments

Our main alternative medicine treatment is veterinary acupuncture. This ancient form of medicine has been used for thousands of years to treat both people and animals with a variety of ailments. Our acupuncture expert is Dr. Bianca Eastep. She is certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) and has an active interest in alternative veterinary medicine treatments.

How Does Veterinary Acupuncture Work?

During acupuncture, a certified medical professional inserts thin, sterile needles into specific points on the body to elicit a certain healing response. The location of the points and the depth of the needle depend on the specific disease or pain that requires treatment. Veterinary acupuncture is used all over the world, both alone and in combination with conventional medicine to treat or prevent a number of different illnesses and conditions in every species of animal.

What Does Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture is commonly used in alternative veterinary medicine to treat a wide range of ailments, including but not limited to:

  • Musculoskeletal problems (arthritis, nerve injuries, etc.)
  • Neurological problems (for larger animals)
  • Respiratory problems (asthma)
  • Skin conditions
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Some reproductive problems

It can also treat and help relieve pain due to:

  • Poor circulation
  • Muscle spasms
  • Nerves
  • Swelling
  • Immune system deficiencies

Is Acupuncture Painful?

Veterinary acupuncture is one of the safest forms of medical treatment for animals when it is performed correctly by a highly trained and experienced acupuncturist, such as Dr. Eastep. Aside from the initial placement of the needle, your pet should experience absolutely no pain. In fact, most animals become extremely relaxed and, in some cases, quite drowsy. However, depending on the treatment, some animals may experience tingling or numbness, which could be uncomfortable.

Acupuncture is particularly helpful for our older, arthritic dogs and cats. We have seen many veterinary patients who have significantly increased their mobility after Dr. Eastep’s treatments—easing their discomfort and reducing their need for medications.

Learn More About Our Alternative Medicine Treatments

If you’re interested in learning more about alternative veterinary medicine treatments, visit our clinic in Germantown, MD to check out all we have to offer! If your pet is dealing with pain from arthritis, a troubling skin condition, or some other ailment, call us today to discuss your treatment options, including acupuncture.

Contact us online or by phone at (301) 972-9730 to schedule your appointment.

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