Did you know that alternative therapies have proven success at treating a range of acute and chronic conditions?

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Does your pet have a chronic condition that doesn’t respond well to conventional treatment? Perhaps they suffer side effects to certain medicines, or you’re conscious of the number of tablets they need to take?

Here at Alder Vets, traditional medication is not the only option. We offer a range of alternative therapies, including acupuncture, red light therapy and the use of natural plant-based products to help your pet with any health problems they may have.

Acupuncture is an ancient healing system that has been used in Eastern cultures for thousands of years. It involves placing very small needles into specific points on the body to stimulate natural healing and pain relief.

Acupuncture has a proven record for the relief of long-term conditions such as arthritis, skin irritations, breathing difficulties and illnesses associated with old age.

It is important that acupuncture is only administered by vets who have completed the necessary training, and our principal vet Wayne Smith holds this status.

Red light therapy can be used as an alternative to acupuncture for needle-phobic pets, or to speed up post-surgical recovery. The treatment involves focusing a beam of infrared light at the affected area, which travels straight to the cells where it is converted to cellular energy. Studies have shown that this energy is used by the affected cells to help them regenerate, and also increases blood flow so that the healing process is accelerated and pain is minimised.

Aloe vera is widely used in a variety of products for both humans and animals, thanks to its cosmetic and medicinal qualities. Here at Alder Vets we use Forever Living products, which are renowned for their quality and effectiveness in veterinary situations.

There are a variety of products available, including gels, lotions, shampoos and even dental gels for pets with irritated or sensitive skin. When applied topically they are excellent natural alternatives to steroid ointments. The properties of aloe vera can also help muscles to relax after exercise, and are ideal for soothing burns.

Should you wish to book an appointment for your pet to have complementary treatment, a full and detailed medical history of your pet will be required. Your pet will then be thoroughly examined, after which we will be able to suggest very specific remedies to treat any health problems they may have.