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The Benefits of Seeing a Holistic Veterinarian

Holistic medicine is that which considers the whole animal—body, mind and emotional wellbeing. Virtually every holistic treatment for humans exists in veterinary medicine as well. At our animal hospital in the Roanoke Valley, our holistic vets use acupuncture, homeopathic medicine, herbal therapy, and chiropractic spinal manipulation. These treatments have no adverse side effects and are used as a complement to traditional medicine. Generally, we use them to improve your pet’s quality of life and aid in the healing process.



Our holistic veterinarians, Dr. Todd and Dr. Graham, are certified veterinary acupuncturists, so your pet is in the best of hands for this complex and relaxing procedure. Acupuncture originated in China as a therapeutic treatment thousands of years ago. The treatment restores energy flow that has been interrupted by disease or injury. The increased energy flow improves health problems and even helps to cure them.

Acupuncture uses very fine needles that cause little or no pain, and pets generally tolerate it very well. Incorrect placement of the needles can cause pain or complications, which is why you should only have a qualified holistic vet who is certified in acupuncture perform the treatment. Luckily, we have our very own certified veterinary acupuncturists right here at Hanging Rock Animal Hospital.

Acupuncture helps treat:

  • Arthritis and other degenerative diseases
  • Asthma and other respiratory problems
  • Dermatitis and skin issues
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Back pain
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • And more


Homeopathic medicine stems from the simple idea of “like cures like.” It uses very diluted natural substances as medication that, in larger quantities, would cause symptoms of a disease or condition. The thought is that if a natural substance causes symptoms that mimic those of a disease, a minute amount of that substance could cure the disease by stimulating the body’s natural defenses.

Homeopathic remedies are derived from plants, animals and minerals and then heavily diluted in water or alcohol. Some common remedies include Arsenicum Album, Belladonna and Chamomilla.

Homeopathy helps treat:

  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Skin problems
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Chronic diseases
  • Respiratory problems
  • And more

Herbal Therapy

Similar to homeopathy, herbal therapy utilizes the power of nature, specifically plants. The main difference, however, is that herbal therapy does not prescribe to the same concept of “like cures like.” Herbal medicine acts to reduce or cure the disease or condition by counteracting it. Instead of isolating one chemical compound of a plant to use in plant-based drugs (think aspirin, derived from willow bark), herbal therapy uses all chemical components of a plant, letting them work together to treat disease.

Herbal therapy helps to:

  • Reduce inflammation
  • Improve blood flow to damaged tissue
  • Provide pain relief
  • Support the normal functions of the liver, kidney, and heart
  • Boost the immune system
  • And more

Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation

Hanging Rock Animal Hospital is pleased to provide veterinary chiropractic spinal manipulation. Dr. Matt Parker is our Certified Veterinary Medical Manipulation Practitioner, who received his certification from the Integrative Veterinary Medicine Institute in 2016. Chiropractic is the practice of manipulating the spine to treat disease, and it has a long history in many cultures. Commonly, chiropractic therapy can be used to treat the following:

  • Degenerative joint diseases such as hip dysplasia
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Acute neck pain
  • Chronic back pain
  • Problems with the nervous system such as urinary and fecal incontinence
  • Musculoskeletal pain or weakness
  • Joint injuries
  • And more

Athletic dogs involved in racing, agility or other sports will especially benefit from chiropractic care, as their occupations warrant frequent stress injuries.

Schedule Your Appointment

Interested in what our holistic veterinarian can do for your pet? Call us today to schedule an appointment or request it online!


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