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    Alternative Therapies

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    At White Oak Veterinary Clinic, we understand that veterinary medicine cannot be approached with a one size fits all philosophy. No two pets are the same. That's what makes our companions so special! We're proud to offer comprehensive traditional and alternative care options to maximize your pet's health, happiness, and comfort.

    Dr. Eve O'Neil brings expertise in traditional Chinese herbal therapy and veterinary acupuncture as alternative treatment options that aim to improve a pet's quality of life and extend longevity. Dr. O'Neil completed training in mixed animal veterinary acupuncture at the Chi Institute for Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, and will soon earn Certification as a Veterinary Acupuncturist.

    Call us at 412-678-4042 if you would like to set up an assessment with Dr. Eve O'Neil. She is a talented veterinary professional who is committed to relieving your pet's pain and discomfort with an alternative and effective healing plan.


    What is Chinese Herbal Therapy?

    Traditional Chinese Herbal Therapy involves the therapeutic benefits of plants and other substances that occur naturally in the environment. Typically, herbal medicine is used in combination with veterinary acupuncture. This helps to achieve natural balance in the body, and therefore promotes faster healing and disease management.

    Based on your pet's needs, Dr. Eve O'Neil will decide what herbal remedies are most beneficial and create a treatment plan.


    What is Veterinary Acupuncture?

    Like human medicine, veterinary acupuncture involves inserting needles into precise points on a pet's body to promote natural healing and pain relief. Each insertion point causes a specific bodily response that may increase blood flow, stimulate nerves, relieve muscle pain, and trigger the release of hormones like cortisol and endorphins that lower pain in the body. This is a great alternative treatment for pets that need help managing disease and those suffering from degenerative conditions.

    For some pets, conventional methods alone may not do the trick. The good news is; conventional medicine can be used in combination with alternative therapies to produce amazing health outcomes for pets! This is a comprehensive and effective approach that has been used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine for humans and animals alike.

    Don't let the needles fool you. Veterinary acupuncture is not painful to pets. In fact, we find that many pets are extremely relaxed and may even fall asleep during treatment! If your pet has any muscle pain or tension, slight discomfort may be felt at the insertion point. However, treatment does effectively alleviate muscle and joint pain. Depending on your pet's unique case, treatment times typically run between 15 minutes to an hour and are recommended 1-2 times a week.

    Our goal is to provide an effective treatment plan for your pet. If your pet is suffering from any of the following conditions, veterinary acupuncture may offer an impressive alternative solution:

    • Chronic Pain
    • Chronic Arthritis
    • Muscle & Tendon Pain
    • Spinal Cord Trauma
    • Postoperative Pain Management
    • Pancreatitis
    • Bone Injuries
    • Dermatological Conditions
    • Respiratory Disorders
    • Anxiety & Behavioral Issues
    • Gastrointestinal Disorders
    • Seizures
    • Endocrine Disorders
    • Dental Disease
    • Cancer Support
    • Geriatric Support & More