Eastern Medicine


Acupuncture may be defined as the stimulation of a specific point on the body with a specific method, resulting in a therapeutic homeostatic effect.  Modern research shows that these points are located in areas of high-density free nerve endings, mast cells, small arterioles and lymphatic vessels.  Most of the points are motor points. Acupuncture works primarily through the central nervous system affecting the musculoskeletal, hormonal and cardiovascular systems.  It increases circulation, relieves muscle spasms, stimulates nerves and stimulates the body's defensive systems.

What conditions does it treat?
Acupuncture is known to affect all major physiologic systems and is a safe way to treat:  

  • Musculoskeletal problems including muscle soreness, back pain, spinal disc problems, osteoarthritis, and degenerative joint disease.
  • Neurological disorders, such as seizures, laryngeal hemiplegia, facial and radial nerve paralysis. 
  • Gastrointestinal problems, such as diarrhea, gastric ulcers, colic, vomiting, and constipation. 

Other chronic conditions, including asthma, cough, uveitis, behavioral problems, Cushing’s disease, thyroid problems, infertility, renal failure, geriatric weakness, dermatologic problems, and immune mediated problems. 


Laser Therapy

Laser Therapy is an FDA-cleared modality that reduces inflammation and that results in pain reduction. Laser Therapy is effective in treating acute pain, chronic conditions, and post-operative pain.

Laser therapy treatment is safe, painless and fast. Treatments to deeper tissues are administered in 5 to 10 minutes. Typically, even chronic patients exhibit improvement after 3 to 5 treatment sessions. Laser therapy utilizes the body’s own healing powers by stimulating cellular activity. Despite short treatment times, laser therapy treatments initiate a healing process that continues to actively reduce inflammation for up to 24 hours after treatment.

Companion therapy lasers are the most popular among veterinarians. Laser therapy is a clinically proven modality in both human and veterinary medicine. LiteCure, the parent company of Companion, is the leader in scientific research and education. - from the LiteCure website.

What conditions can laser therapy treat?

  • Arthritis
  • Wounds/Cuts/Bites
  • Allergies
  • Infections
  • Post-Surgical Healing & Pain Relief
  • Lick Granulomas (Hot Spots)
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Tooth Extraction Pain Relief
  • Inflammatory Conditions
  • Sprains, Strains & Fractures
  • Acute Conditions​
  • Chronic Conditions
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Periodontal Disease
  • Geriatric Care
  • Feline Acne
  • Tendonitis

For more information including videos and answer to questions please click the picture link to visit the LiteCure Companion Laser Therapy Site for Pet Owners. 

Chinese Herbs

Herbal medicines have many roles in veterinary medicine.  Some are used as a single agent (such as Milk Thistle for liver disease), and some Chinese herbs are used as a combination (such as Red Front Door for bladder infections).  These Chinese herbs have many different ingredients combined in a single capsule for their combined effects.  

We view the action of herbal treatments in two different ways.  In many cases, the effect the herb has on the body is understood through standard Western science.  It is also understood through the Traditional Chinese Medicine viewpoint.  As an example, we know that ecchinacea helps boost the immune system by helping the body make more T-lymphocytes, which is a type of white blood cell that fights infections.  In addition, we understand that Body Sore helps fight pain from arthritis through alleviating Qi-blood stagnation.  

The benefits of using herbal modalities include fewer side effects, providing more options for treatment, as well as reducing interactions with other medications. Many traditional herbal remedies are designed to treat the patient as a whole instead of focusing on a single body part or symptom as Western medicines do.  

Some of the most common issues treated with herbs are kidney disease, bladder infections, arthritis, and liver disease.  Herbs are also very useful as adjunctive therapy in treating many types of cancer.

Here at Westside Veterinary Clinic, we combine both Western medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat the patient as a whole.  It is important to remember that herbs must be used with a degree of caution. Herbs should only be integrated into your pet’s health care plan as part of a strategy designed with your veterinarian.