Alternative Medicine/Holistic Care
The Cardiff Animal Hospital & Wellness Center is pleased to offer a wide range of holistic and integrative medicine modalities to help your pets to lead healthier and longer lives.
The word "holistic" means taking the whole picture of the patient, the environment, the disease pattern, the relationship of the pet with the owner, and then developing a treatment protocol using a wide range of therapies for healing the patient. Veterinary medicine, like all professions, is rapidly changing. Additional modalities of diagnosis and therapy are emerging in both veterinary and human medicine. The populace as a whole is looking for "complementary," "alternative" or "holistic" care for themselves and for their pets.
We provide these specific holistic modalities for our patients:
|Veterinary Acupuncture||Nutraceutical Therapies||Chinese Herbal Therapies|
|Veterinary Chiropractic||Homeopathy||Applied Kinesiology|
|Physical Therapy||Veterinary NAET||Reiki|
Acupuncture is defined as the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to cause a desired healing effect. This technique has been used in medical practice in China for at least 3500 years, and is the main medical treatment modality for a quarter of the world's population.
According to ancient Chinese medical philosophy, disease is the result of an imbalance of the "chi" (energy) in the body. Acupuncture is believed to balance this energy and thereby assist the body to heal disease. Acupuncture can strengthen the body's immune system, stimulate nerves, increase blood circulation, relieve muscle spasm, and cause the release of hormones such as endorphins (one of the body's pain control chemicals) and cortisol (a natural steroid).
Veterinary acupuncture incorporates the use of needles, electro-stimulation, heat (moxibustion), massage and low power lasers to stimulate acupuncture points. Acupuncture is indicated mainly for functional problems especially of the musculoskeletal system/nervous system, noninfectious inflammation such as allergies or asthma, and pain (e.g., vertebral disks, arthritis, muscles strains).
From left to right: Lulu Belle, Biscuit, and Lasher all enjoying their acupuncture.
Veterinary chiropractic care is the examination, diagnosis, and treatment of animals through manipulation and adjustments of all the joints in the body, especially the joints of the spinal column. When vertebral joints are misaligned or have restricted motion, irritation and inflammation to the nerve root as it exits the spinal column is a common result.
Accidents, trauma, stress, overexertion, muscle weakness and even toxicity can result in skeletal subluxations and misalignments. These subluxations can cause symptoms of pain, decreased range of motion, lethargy, physical inactivity and many other common ailments. Chiropractic "adjustments" (we use the specific "hands-on" method of animal adjusting) can help to relieve these symptoms. Applied Kinesiology, Logan Basic and Network chiropractic techniques are also used to create a softer and more relaxing chiropractic experience for your pet. In our experience, there are healing potentials achieved through chiropractic that are NOT achievable by any other forms of therapy.
The use of specific herbs and plants for medicinal purposes has been practiced for millennia all over the world. Herbs have healing powers that are capable of balancing the emotional, mental and physical dimensions of animals. Nutraceutical medicine is the use of micronutrients, macronutrients and other nutritional supplements as therapeutic agents. Cardiff Animal Hospital has an extensive herbal and nutraceutical inventory to help provide our patients with the best in holistic medical care.
Veterinary Homeopathic Remedies
Veterinary Homeopathy is a system of medicine developed by the German physician Dr. Samuel Hahnemann in the early nineteenth century. Through careful study of his patients, Dr. Hahnemann discovered natural laws governing the interaction between the "vital force" of the patient, the disease, and the medicines used to treat disease.
Modern Homeopathy stimulates the body's own healing abilities and strengthens the patient. Symptoms, as signposts of a treatable internal imbalance, are important guides to the proper treatment of a patient's disease.
Homeopathic remedies are made from plants, minerals, drugs, viruses, bacteria and animal substances. These remedies do NOT mask or suppress symptoms; they treat the deepest constitutional causes of the illness. Homeopathic remedies contain vibrational energy essences that match the patterns present in the diseased state within the ailing patient.
Allergies create a major challenge to the health of many of our pets. Allergies are understood to be an unusual sensitivity to certain substances. An allergy may result from numerous causes, including repeated exposure to a particularly strong or toxic allergen over a short period of time, or from events such as serious trauma, major surgery, any anesthetic event, vaccinations, as well as emotional stresses such as change in habitat, weaning or change in family members (human or animal).
Through the use of this technique many "allergies" can be identified and "cleared." NAET (Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Technique) -Treatment Vials offers the proper stimulus to the immune system to effect a cure for allergies and in many cases emotional issues (NET=Neuro-Emotional Technique) as well. With this holistic treatment modality, we have been able to effectively address (multiple treatment sessions are usually necessary) skin allergies, food allergies, chronic recurring infections, recurring GI and respiratory conditions, vaccine and drug reactions, degenerative and auto immune diseases, gingivitis, emotional and stress related behaviors, etc.
To ensure that Dr. Laflin's current patients continue to receive their necessary care, Dr. Laflin is only accepting an average of one new patient per week. If, however, you are interested in an integrative medicine approach, Dr. Woods would be happy to meet with you and your pet. We thank you for your understanding and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.