Chiropractic medicine, recommended for musculoskeletal problems, can also be used to treat a wide variety of illnesses including: maintenance of joint and spinal health, epilepsy, chronic ear problems, jaw and TMJ pain, bowel incontinence and chronic bladder problems, and, of course, back pain and injuries from slips, falls and accidents. Our chiropractors are certified by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) and have extensive training in animal chiropractic care. They provide relief from pain by applying manipulations to the body to repair subluxations and misalignment of the spine. Treatment is so gentle that most animals feel like they are getting a massage and enjoy their treatments!
Homeopathy is a therapeutic method that uses infinitesimal amounts of organic substances that have been potentized to release their energetic potential. Dr. Samuel Hahnemann developed homeopathy over 200 years ago; he and homeopaths since his time have used the homeopathic process to discover the healing potential in plant, animal and mineral substances, using as a springboard the medicinal knowledge of many cultures who came before. It is a very effective method of treatment for almost all physical conditions, and can also be very helpful with behavioral and emotional conditions. Many animals who are touchy and do not tolerate other techniques do well with homeopathy, as the remedies are tasteless and often given only once. A single dose of a homeopathic remedy can provide months of healing for a young animal. Older animals or those with chronic illnesses often benefit from repeated or daily doses of the remedies, which can easily be given at home. Additionally, our homeopath provides house calls, so it can be great option for animals that have difficulty traveling! Our goal is a complete cure of the problems and conditions affecting your pet. Some animals are too old, have been ill too long, or have other complications that may not make this possible. But by working together, we can greatly improve the health of your pet through homeopathy. When homeopathy is indicated, it will be considered in context with other alternatives, both conventional and holistic. Various treatment options will be discussed and offered if possible. We will carefully consider your objectives, preferences, and personal values.
Prolotherapy is a modality often implemented in stead of surgery to treat cruciate knee injuries and other orthopedeic problems. It stimulate the growth of healthy, strong connective tissue to help eliminate many chronic painful conditions. The solution most veterinarians use for injection includes Dextrose, lidocaine or procaine and Vitamin B12. In humans, some practitioners also include Sarapin, an extract of the pitcher plant, or sodium morhuate, an extract of cod liver oil. This solution causes proliferation of fibroblasts resulting in the strengthening of stretched or weakened ligaments and tendons. When sprains or strains occur, the excessive laxity in a joint causes pain, in part due to the activation of stretch receptors in the sensory-nerve-rich fibro-osseous junctions. Not only is there local pain at these sites, but referred pain to sites often quite distant from the original injury. These referral pain patterns have been worked out in humans, but are less easily recognized in animal patients. Traditional treatments for these injuries include ice, rest and anti-inflammatories which helps relieve the pain, but does nothing for the stretched structures which, due to their poor blood supply do not heal well and continue to be lax, causing further pain down the road and resulting in a chronically weakened structure that is easily reinjured. After the prolotherapy solution is injected, there is a 2 to 4 day period of inflammation as the area is infiltrated with lymphocytes. The patients may be more sore during this period and need additional analgesics to provide comfort. Then the treated tissue moves into a strengthening and healing phase for the next 4 to 5 weeks where, histologically, one can see fibroblastic organization and capillary proliferation in the tissues. Once this healing period is complete, the patient can be re-evaluated for joint laxity and pain and, if needed, the treatment is repeated. I generally treat patients with prolo once monthly for 3 to 5 treatments. Because prolotherapy relies on inducing inflammation which leads to healing, the patient cannot take NSAIDs, Prednisone or strong anti-inflammatory supplements (ginger, curcumin) while being treated with prolotherapy. For pain control, we have the patients take tramadol or acetaminophen (dogs). Common injuries which respond well to prolotherapy include cranial cruciate injury (partial or complete tears), luxating patellas, hip dysplasia, elbow displasia and chronic spinal pain. Prolotherapy is most effective where there hasn’t been a lot of degenerative joint disease and osteophyte production. In these very chronic cases, much of the laxity in joints has been reduced by the thickened joint capsules and bony proliferation and the pain is more likely due to chronic joint inflammation and bone spurs. A useful, human prolotherapy website for more information is found at http://www.getprolo.com
Poor diet is often the cause of chronic health problems. Most pets benefit from nutritional diversity, and a switch to a more natural diet that includes fresh, whole foods and eliminates by-products and preservatives. Pets who eat a fresh, raw diet often have more energy, healthy skin, and a resistance to more diseases and parasites. With help from our doctors you can easily prepare food at home (or find healthy prepackaged foods) that will help to ensure your companion gets the best nutrition possible their specific needs.
Some of our pets are not ideal candidates for a full dental procedure. Health issues, age, and cost can sometimes create roadblocks that make a routine dental procedure impossible. At Creature Comfort, we offer anesthesia-free dental procedures (handscaling) for pets that are at a risk from the often minor potential side-effects from anesthesia. Our highly-trained team of doctors and technicians will work with clients and pets to find a solution that fits each pet.