Integrative Therapies

Integrative,  [in-ti-greyt] To bring together or incorporate (parts) into a whole.

At Las Tablas Animal Hospital we are dedicated to keeping your pet healthy and working together with you to maintain the health and longevity of your pet. We offer integrative medicine therapies for your pet. We believe your pet may benefit from integrative therapies in combination with western veterinary medicine.  After your pet has been evaluated by a veterinarian through a physical exam, blood tests, radiographs and/or other  laboratory tests, our veterinarian can make suggestions as to which treatment(s) your pet may benefit from. We are pleased to offer these integrative therapies at our animal hospital, if you would like to schedule one of these therapies please call our office at (805) 357 – 9411.


Acupuncture is most commonly used for pain management, but can also be useful for many other issues. It has been shown to improve neurologic function and can be especially effective in treating osteoarthritis, intervertebral disc disease and inflammatory conditions, such as allergies and pancreatitis in dogs.  Acupuncture has also been utilized in treating these conditions: Epilepsy, Diabetes, Liver Disease, Kidney Disease, Feline Leukemia and Immunodeficiency Virus’ and Cancers.

It can also be used as adjunct treatment for various other internal medicine issues such as nausea, anorexia, etc. and is often used to help treat side effects associated with chemotherapy and other medications. Dr. McKenna, a Veterinarian and certified veterinary acupuncturist is now seeing patients in our office. See her bio under Veterinarians on our website and call our office to make an appointment.


We offer rehabilitation and pain management options for the post-operative, geriatric, or injured patient.  Conditions which can benefit from rehabilitation and pain management include, but are not limited to:

  • Osteoarthritis from traumatic or other “aging changes”
  • Joint injuries/surgeries – luxating patella, ACL tears, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, etc.
  • Neurologic injuries/surgeries – intervertebral disc rupture, FCE, Wobbler’s, degenerative myelopathy disease, etc.
  • Acute or chronic muscle and tendon injuries
  • Athlete conditioning and fitness

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy – “Low level laser” or “cold laser” is most often used to decrease pain, swelling, and inflammation. It can be particularly useful in the post-operative and arthritic patient, but is also useful for improving healing times for muscle and tendon injuries and for large or slow-healing wounds. Laser therapy is quick, non-painful and non-invasive.

Massage/Somatic Therapy

Massage has many beneficial effects including improved blood flow, flexibility, and anti-inflammation to the areas being worked on. This can be useful from a pain management standpoint, particularly for compensatory muscle tension close to and as a result of a debilitating injury or surgical repair. 

Herbal and Nutritional Consults

Herbs and food were the original “drugs” and have been used for thousands of years for treating a variety of conditions. These can be effective treatments for many conditions and often work best as part of an integrated approach.

Spinal Manipulation Therapy (Chiropractic)

The science of spinal manipulation therapy (chiropractic) involves the relationship between the spinal column and the nervous system and the crucial role this relationship has in the maintenance of overall health. The goal of an animal chiropractor is to restore function and mobility to compromised spinal vertebra in an effort to re-establish neurologic communication. This allows the body to perform at its optimum potential. Animal chiropractors use their hands to identify areas of restriction and apply a precise thrust on the immobile vertebrae in an effort to restore motion and remove nerve interference. Healing and recovery will result once nerves efficiently communicate with all the structures in the animal’s body.


September 27, 2016