Integrative Veterinary Medicine

What is Integrative Veterinary Medicine?

A healing oriented medical approach that takes into account all aspects of an individual including mind, body, spirit and environment. It makes use of all appropriate conventional and complimentary medical options.

Principles of Integrative Medicine

  • The appropriate use of conventional and alternative medicine methods to facilitate the body’s innate healing response
  • Consideration of all factors that influence health, wellness and disease; including body, mind, spirit and environmental conditions.
  • The use of natural, effective, less invasive interventions whenever possible
  • A philosophy that neither rejects conventional medicine, nor accepts alternative therapies uncritically.

The following Integrative Medical services are now available at Commerce Village Veterinary Hospital

  • Integrative Medical Consultations
  • Acupuncture
  • Herbal Medicine
  • Food Therapy
  • Osteopathic Manual Therapy
  • Veterinary Medical Aromatherapy
  • Pain Management and Rehabilitation
  • Healing Touch for Animals™

Integrative Medical Consultations

This is the first step to exploring the Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medical therapies we offer and discovering how they may be beneficial to your pet. This is a 45 to 60 minute appointment, during which time; we will go over your pet’s medical history, perform a comprehensive physical exam and present a treatment plan to start your pet on the path to healing.

 Veterinary Acupuncture

Developed over 3,000 years ago in ancient China, today, acupuncture is recognized throughout the world as being both safe and effective. Acupuncture can relieve the symptoms and lessen the discomfort of many health conditions that effect animals. Common examples include musculoskeletal pain and inflammation, digestive problems, neck and back pain, allergies, arthritis, cancer, neurologic disorders, immune dysfunction.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine offers a safe and effective, time tested resource for maintaining and restoring health. They can often be combined with conventional pharmaceutical medications to better manage chronic health conditions.

Food Therapy

Food therapy is a branch of Chinese Medicine that evaluates the energetic properties of food and how they can be used to help preserve health and treat illness.

 Intravenous Vitamin C Therapy

Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that has been demonstrated to improve immune function, increase resistance to infection and protect against a wide range of diseases.

When given in high doses into the blood stream, Vitamin C, has been shown to have therapeutic benefit in the process of wound healing, treating burns and snake bites, fighting viral infections, metabolizing anesthetic agents and anti-cancer effects that can help support patients naturally in the fight against cancer.

How does Vitamin C cause this non-toxic chemotherapeutic effect in the body without damaging normal healthy cells?

Essentially, at high doses, Vitamin C interacts with Iron and other metals in the body to create hydrogen peroxide.  Healthy cells are not susceptible to the hydrogen peroxide, but in cancer cells it damages the DNA and the mitochondria of the cell, shutting down their energy supply and resulting in death of the cancer cell, all the while leaving healthy cells unaffected.

It is also known to stimulate collagen formation around the tumor, helping the body to wall off the mass.  Additionally, it helps to prevent metastasis and spread to other areas of the body through its inhibition of hyaluronidase, an enzyme that tumors use to spread to other distant sites in the body.

Unfortunately, just giving oral Vitamin C supplements by mouth will not result in high enough blood levels to induce the anti-tumor effects.  It must be administered Intravenously (via a blood vessel) and is delivered over 1 to 2 hours as a slow IV drip.

Indications for IV Vitamin C Therapy include cancer, burns, snakebites, poorly healing wounds, viral infections, immune deficiencies and can also be administered to senior pets after anesthesia and surgery to help them metabolize the anesthetic agent and hasten their recover from anesthesia and surgery.

If you are interested in learning more about IV Vitamin C an option for your pet, please contact us at (248) 779-8000 for more information or to schedule an Integrative Medicine Consultation.

Osteopathic Manual Therapy

A gentle, hands-on therapy in which the practitioner identifies and corrects abnormalities in the structure and function of the body that are producing dysfunction and pain. It works to realign and balance an animal’s musculoskeletal system, helping to restore normal movement, reduce pain and support the rehabilitation process. It is particularly useful for patients undergoing rehabilitation therapy, as well as elderly, athletic, and service animals.

Veterinary Medical Aromatherapy

Healing Touch For Animals: A gentle system used to influence the health and well-being of animals through the use of energy and intention. The techniques offer many benefits, including, building the human animal bond, reduction of stress and anxiety, supporting patients battling illness, injury, trauma or past emotional or physical abuse. It fosters confidence in performance animals prior to training or competition. It also supports animals during their end of life transition and euthanasia.

Healing Touch For Animals

A gentle system used to influence the health and well-being of animals through the use of energy and intention. The techniques offer many benefits, including, building the human animal bond, reduction of stress and anxiety, supporting patients battling illness, injury, trauma or past emotional or physical abuse. It fosters confidence in performance animals prior to training or competition. It also supports animals during their end of life transition and euthanasia.