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Holistic Pet Care in Lexington, KY

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Individualized veterinary care is a hallmark of our clinic. We offer a variety of treatment options, traditional and alternative, to enhance your pet’s quality of life based on their unique needs. The alternative options we offer are a part of holistic pet care, an area of medicine that takes a more natural, “whole health” approach to healing.

Our very own Dr. Hill is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, and in addition to acupuncture, we also offer Chinese herbal medicine. Both treatments can be used in conjunction with more conventional therapies like medication. At Banks Veterinary Clinic of Beaumont, our goal is to identify the best type of treatment for your pet and use every available resource to help them get better.

If you have any questions about holistic pet care or would like to make an appointment, call (859) 224-2287.

How Acupuncture Works

Acupuncture has a track record of usage and success going back thousands of years. Originally used to treat many different ailments in people, it is now gaining traction as a viable treatment for our pets. It’s a simple procedure that causes complex, self-healing reactions in the body. Placing tiny acupuncture needles at specific acupuncture points called “meridians,” areas where blood vessels and nerve bundles intersect, stimulates the release of endorphins and other chemicals.

This effect can help to reduce pain, inflammation, and other symptoms.

What Can We Treat with Acupuncture?

We can use acupuncture to treat a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Lameness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Back pain

Treatments – For chronic issues, typically advise once-weekly treatment sessions for 3-4 weeks, then gradually space them out. The effects of acupuncture tend to be cumulative, so less-frequent treatments are needed as time goes on.

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Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbal medicine is another holistic modality we offer. Almost any condition can be treated with herbs, but Dr. Hill primarily uses them for pain control and reducing inflammation associated with musculoskeletal conditions. Herbs are generally very safe if they are administered properly, but side effects may occur. These effects tend to be gastrointestinal in nature and include vomiting and diarrhea.

Laser Therapy

Cold laser therapy is a non-invasive and drug-free treatment involving concentrated doses of low-level infrared light. The light beams safely and painlessly penetrate through skin and muscle tissue to repair cells and help the body heal. Joint pain, swelling, inflammation, and soft-tissue injuries can all be improved with laser therapy.

Some of the benefits of treatment include:

  • Less pain
  • Less swelling and inflammation
  • Faster healing
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