Alternative Medicine

Alternative Medicine

What is Alternative Medicine?

Alternative medicine refers to a range of medical therapies including acupuncture, laser therapy, Tui Na, herbalism, supplementation, Essential Oils, and others.

What kind of animals can receive alternative medicine?

All species can benefit from some type of alternative medicine.

You mentioned above Tui Na, what is that?

Tui Na which means “pinch and pull” refers to a type of Traditional Chinese Medicine. (TCM) The purpose is to maintain or restore the harmonious flow of life-promoting energy and blood by therapeutic massage. It is used to help release tension in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. As well as aiding aging issues such as arthritis, loss of vitality, weakness and joint stiffness.

My pet is very old/young, is Alternative medicine right for them?

Your pet should be examined by a veterinarian before deciding if alternative medicine is the most beneficial for them.

Alright, I’m hooked, who should I book my appointment with?

Call us today at (586)416-8800 and set up an appointment with a member of our veterinary team that provides holistic support including Dr. Golombek and Dr. Knapp.

Herbal Medicine

What is herbal medicine?

Herbal medicine, also known as botanical medicine, is a medicine based on the use of different medical herbs, plants and plant extracts.

Herbal medicine can come in many different forms, for example; oils, capsules or tablets.

What animals can benefit from herbal and essential oils?

Similar to any kind of medicine, different animals will benefit from different supplements. To find the perfect combination for your pet give us a call at (586)416-8800 and we can schedule a consultation!

What is Standard Process? (That sounds like a paperwork trail)

“Quality from Seed to Supplement®  Since 1929, Standard Process has been dedicated to the field of nutritional supplements and the whole food philosophy introduced by Dr. Royal Lee. Discover just how resilient your body (or your pet’s) can be when given the proper nutrition.”-(Source: Standard Process,

Standard Process is a US company that provides herbals and nutraceuticals. These herbals and nutraceuticals support various body systems for your pet ranging from overall wellness to individual and specialized support.

A nutraceutical is a supplement that can be plant and-or animal based. It is used to help boost overall wellness, supporting health and maintaining homeostasis in the body. For example, Standard Process has supplements that add to your pet’s daily diet, this will help supply nutrients and vitamins their food may be lacking or missing.

I am a big fan of essential oils, are they good for my pet?

Yes!  We do use essential oils on animals. Please ask our veterinary team about the most appropriate choice of oils, and how to safely administer them to your pet.  As formulations among companies can vary greatly, our vet can also assist you on how to use the essential oils. We can even help with adding essential oils to litter box additives to help your cat with various urinary marking habits. This can help some cats who are having difficulty using their litter box, find their way back.

Dr. Knapp has a special interest and extra training when it comes to picking and using the right  essential oils.

Before using any herbal medicine or essential oils on your pet, please double check with a veterinarian or licensed veterinary technician. Give us a call at (586) 416-8800


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