Acupunture involves placement of very fine gauge needles (dry needling technique) into specific points on the body known as acupoints.  These acupoints are located along well-characterized meridians.  The intensive training involved in becoming a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA) focuses on mastery in identification of these meridians. Insertion of the needles produces increased blood flow and relaxation of the muscles and tissues in the area, both critical features of the therapeutic effect of acupuncture.  The needles can also be stimulated with low-voltage electrical current (electroacupuncture technique)  allowing delivery of steady, higher levels of stimulation than traditional dry needling.  Although relatively new to the Western world, acupuncture has been practiced for over 2,000 years in the East.  Common conditions successfully treated or managed with acupuncture (often in conjunction with conventional medicine) include: arthritis, interverterbral disk disease, renal failure, skin allergies, heart disease, wound healing, and gastrointestinal disease.


Herbal medicine or herbology utilizes herbs, plant extracts, minerals and other materials as remedies to treat or prevent many common disease conditions. Frequently multiple herbs are combined into an individualized formula for a patient. Herbal formulas can also be utilized as a supplement to maximize peak health.  Many recipes for successful herbal formulas are described in manuscripts compiled centuries ago.  Common conditions managed with herbal medicine include: skin allergies, heart disease, behavioral issues, and gastrointestinal disease.  Herbal medicine can also promote the quality of life in geriatric patients or pets with terminal disease.


A form of massage often used in conjunction with acupuncture and herbal therapy.  It is often used to stimulate acupressure points to get the body's qi moving through the meridians and into affected muscles and joints.  Various techniques are used involving kneading and lifting the skin of the pet.  Dr. Horton will also instruct owners to perform this on their pet at home. COMING IN 2016!


Likely you have heard the saying: “food is the best medicine”.  With food therapy, intensive consideration is given to the individual constituents of a diet. These diet constituents can then be altered specifically for the individual patient, based on their current pattern diagnosis.  Both home-made and store-bought diets can be utilized. Patients are provided diet recommendations designed to help manage a current disease condition or to promote health and prevent disease.  COMING IN 2016!


Alternative Veterinary Medicine in the News

Acupuncture in veterinary medicine?  See why people have looked into an alternative approach to their pet's health.  Integrative medicine offers your pet the advantages of conventional and traditional Chinese medicine.  Using modern diagnostics and life-saving medications along with more natural herbal medicine options, your pet can have the best of both worlds.