Northside Veterinary Clinic

Holistic & Alternative Care

Holistic (or Integrative) Veterinary Medicine is the examination and diagnosis of an animal, considering all aspects of a pet's life including behaviors, medical and dietary history, environment, emotional stresses, and other factors. Before beginning treatment, the Veterinarian will usually discuss aspects of your pet's health and lifestyle. In addition to symptoms of illness, your pets personality traits, diet and activity level are all often part of the holistic diagnostic picture. Depending on the diagnosis and stage of treatment, herbal medicines, supplements, acupuncture or multiple modalities of treatment may be used in assisting your pet's natural healing process.

Holistic Consultations

Dr. Barbara Eisner has been certified in veterinary acupuncture for over 20 years and has been on the executive board of the NY complementary and alternative veterinary medicine association for 5 years running.

Holistic consultations for a healthy dog or a healthy cat usually takes only 30 minutes or so; holistic consultations for pets with a chronic disease or medical problem can require up to an hour, depending on the issues that you would like addressed.

For a holistic consultation, we do require that you email us a ONE paragraph description of your pet's medical history and why you are seeking holistic care, as well as all of the pet's medical records attached.

Chinese and Western Herbal Therapy

Chinese and Western herbal therapy is considered a complementary service that not every veterinary clinic will provide, as it tends to fall under the "holistic" approach. The beauty of integrating Chinese medicine and Western medicine into one system is that there is a higher likelihood of both chronic and acute pain, conditions, or other medical issues being addressed. Typically, Chinese medicine has shown great success in treating chronic conditions, where Western medicine shines in the elimination of pathogenic disease or acute trauma. If your pet requires a prescribed herbal formula (holistic medicine treatment can range from a specifically required diet to different combinations of herbs), rest assured that treatments are available in various forms which are suitable for many different types of species. For example, a horse is more apt to be prescribed a powder, whereas a cat or dog's formula will most likely come in a pill or capsule.

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is a high-energy sound wave technology offering a noninvasive treatment option of pets experiencing things like hip and elbow dysplasia, degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis, tendon and ligament injuries, non- or delayed healing bone fractures, back pain, and chronic or non-healing wounds. The high-energy sound waves, also called pulses, travel through soft tissue, reaching specific treatment areas.

These waves trigger the body’s repair system to activate, and can lead to the development of new blood vessels, reversal of chronic inflammation, stimulation of collagen and dissolution of calcium buildup. Studies have shown that shockwave therapy has had positive results in improving bone healing, soft-tissue damage, joint inflammation, and both the progression and pain of osteoarthritis.

My dog has had laser therapy before. Is this different?

Shockwaves result in higher energy outputs and deeper penetration than ultrasound or lasers. This kind of therapy has been proven effective with reducing healing time, improving mobility, and relieving pain. It can be used as part of a rehabilitation/routine postoperative program or in place of increased NSAID doses.

Shockwave therapy is FDA approved and has been used in both animal and human medicine for over 15 years!

Companion Laser Therapy

This FDA-approved, deep-penetrating light allows relief of pain through the release of endorphins and stimulates the injured cells to heal at a faster rate. When choosing a treatment option for your pet there is now an alternative to pharmaceuticals. The Companion Therapy Laser System can provide immediate results without any harmful side-effects. This is a huge benefit in treating chronic conditions such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, back disease or injury, and degenerative joint diseases.

Geriatric patients often suffer from one or more of these painful problems, as well the aches and pains that come naturally with aging. There thousands of reports of pets who were lame and inactive& who return to normal, or almost normal function after laser therapy. More chronic and more severe cases may require multiple treatment sessions to fully benefit.

Call us today to see if this exciting new technology is right for your best friend.


Acupuncture is a holistic medical practice typically used as a preventative treatment in both humans and animals. It requires the insertion of needles into particular places on the body to provoke it's natural healing response. Every acupuncture point results in specific actions when stimulated. For thousands of years, this approach has been utilized in Chinese veterinary treatment to cure a variety of diseases and conditions. Acupuncture can be used to address a range of problems in any species of animal either on its own or in combined application with Western medicines. If your pet suffers from musculoskeletal issues like arthritis, respiratory issues, digestive discomfort, skin irritations, and more then they may be an excellent candidate for acupuncture. It is possible depending on the condition that more than one treatment will be required. While it may not "fix" every potential medical issue, it can certainly be quite effective when used correctly.

Cranio Sacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy is considered a complementary and holistic approach that focuses on addressing physical discomfort that can affect the whole body, usually radiating from one particular area that may have endured some form of trauma. If your pet has had surgery, sustained an injury that resulted in back and neck issues, overall joint tension, stiffness in multiple places in their body, problems with their jaw, and more, then craniosacral therapy could be recommended as a potential treatment option. After a series of manipulations to the "problem area," it is common with CST to see a ripple effect of healing in different parts of your pet's body. After undergoing CST, our patient's joints that had previously seized or stiffened over time have begun to loosen up and relax, pain and discomfort have started to ease, and other daily issues that take away from an animal's quality of life have been alleviated.


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