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Integrative Medicine

What is Integrative Veterinary Medicine?

Integrative veterinary medicine is a comprehensive medical approach to pet and animal health care that combines conventional medicine and complementary/alternative therapies. This type of veterinary practice focuses on treating the whole animal, the partnership between the client and the veterinarian, and the use of all appropriate therapeutic options to achieve optimal wellness for your pet or animal. It encompasses many different therapies, including acupuncture, spinal manipulation therapy (animal chiropractic), homeopathy, herbal therapy, nutrition, and reiki. The development of a treatment plan takes into account the whole picture of the animal, environment, disease patterns, diet, and relationship with the owner. This integrative approach to veterinary medicine is designed to minimize adverse effects, maximize successful treatment outcomes, and improve the quality of life of the patient.  

How is seeing Dr. Theisen different from seeing my regular veterinarian?

Dr. Theisen's practice specializes in complementary therapies including Acupuncture, Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy (Animal Chiropractic), Laser Therapy, PEMF therapy, Tui-na, Homeopathy, and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine Herbal and Food Therapy.  While many conditions benefit from these therapies, there are times when conventional western medicine is essential. Dr. Theisen does not perform surgery or vaccinations nor does she offer hospital stays. Her patients that require conventional therapies and/or diagnostics (i.e. bloodwork, radiographs, ultrasound) are referred back to their regular conventional Veterinarian.  Dr. Theisen will gladly work together with your primary care veterinarian in developing the best integrative treatment plan for your pet or horse.  

What can I expect during my visit?

In Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine each patient is treated as an individual.  Great emphasis is placed on a detailed history.  You will be asked to complete a history questionnaire about your pet prior to your visit.  After a detailed examination which includes review of any medical history and TCVM tongue & pulse diagnosis, a treatment plan will be discussed and started at your first appointment.  Generally, a combination of acupuncture, veterinary spinal manipulation, laser therapy, food therapy, homeopathy, and Chinese herbal medicines are prescribed.  Different Tui-na massage  techniques as well as stretching exercises may be recommended to be done at home as part of the your pet or horse's treatment plan.