These therapies can be very useful in treating pets for many acute and chronic conditions. They work best when utilized in combination with traditional veterinary therapies. Dr. Bradley Bays’ most recent certification is in using alternative therapies on pets to increase their quality of life no matter what life stage they are in.
Acupuncture is a treatment method or modality that helps with so many issues in both human and animal medicine. It is especially helpful with pain, anxiety and stress-associated problems and as an adjunct to traditional western medicine for treating both acute and chronic medical issues including cancer, Cushing's disease, chronic kidney disease, arthritis, and any diseases that cause pain and inflammation.
Acupuncture helps to open the flow of energy along the body's natural meridians to decrease pain as well as to increase the pain threshold. By restoring normal energy flow, the organs are able to work more effectively, allowing the patient’s body to function better as a whole. An individualized treatment plan is developed for each patient, treating the whole patient every time. Herbal therapy is often used to complement the acupuncture treatment.
Dr. Bradley Bays has been certified in and practicing Veterinary Acupuncture since 2011 and has used this modality with huge success for many issues in the pets that she sees. Aqua Acupuncture is often used whereby dilute Vitamin B12 is injected into the acupoints specific for the patients’ needs using a very small needle, this allows for longer lasting stimulation of the points and the B12 helps to support immune function.
Dr. Bradley Bays also completed training and certification for Veterinary Medical Manipulation ( Animal chiropractic). It is a well-tolerated and non-invasive way to help animals that are in pain and discomfort. Gentle traction and range of motion as well as joint mobilization techniques and specific adjustments in areas of restriction (where there is lack of mobility) are performed that help patients in restoring increased joint motion and musculoskeletal movement as well as provide neurological stimulation that is needed.
Just like in people, this therapy not only helps senior pets with arthritis and mobility issues but also helps to maintain good health and immune function in younger animals and those used for agility, performance and sporting.
Many pets showing signs of aggression or that no longer want to be handled do so because of undiagnosed pain and restriction. Acupuncture and Veterinary Medical Manipulation have given second chances to many pets that were suffering from mobility and pain issues, returning home with renewed health and quality of life that their pet parents never dreamed was possible.
Herbs are used in conjunction with other therapies to promote health. Using traditional remedies combined with recent clinical advances in plant-based medicine, we can craft a plan to create better health. Dr.Bradley Bays will advise you of what herbs to use for your pets issues and where you can aquire the herbs.
Alpha-Stim®, is an FDA-authorized prescription medical devices for treatment of anxiety, pain, depression, and insomnia in humans and has also proven to be useful in treating animals for pain and anxiety as well as for stimulating wound healing. It creates what is known as the alpha state, which is similar to that produced by meditation in people.
It is a non-invasive and drug-free therapy and since the electrical stimulus is in the low microamperes, even sensitive animals do not feel pain or discomfort from the therapy.
It works well for stress and anxiety-related disorders (i.e. over-grooming, separation anxiety, etc.), as well as for lameness, arthritis, and other pain-associated problems. The electrical current stimulates healing, helps eliminate infection, and helps to eliminate or diminish anxiety and pain. Even in cases where the primary problem may not be correctable the therapy helps to restore musculoskeletal function that has been affected and eases the stress associated with the medical issues.
Acoustic wave Therapy is a non-invasive and well tolerated therapy that is often utilized in human physical therapy and rehabilitation as well as in equine medicine. The focused high velocity acoustic waves are also useful when treating all of our pets by accelerating healing and reducing pain and inflammation. Published studies have indicated that acoustic wave therapy helps with chronic arthritis and stifle injuries as well as for fractures and bladder stones.
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Cold laser therapy is utilized in human physical therapy and rehabilitation and is also a useful tool for treating our pets. By using what is known as photobiostimulation, the energy (in the form of photons) from the laser is transmitted to the cells of injured tissue and increases cellular activity which promotes healing, decreases pain and inflammation and speeds healing of injured and inflamed tissues. This therapy can be used for anything that is any "itis" condition such as otitis (ear infection), pancreatitis, arthritis, and cystitis (bladder infection) as well as to help to heal fractures and to stimulate wound healing.
Like with people who get chiropractic care, sometimes the Activator Adjustment instrument is used in animals for gentle manipulation if muscle tension is present. Dr. Bradley Bays has taken classes to become certified in this technique.
Dr. Bradley Bays has vast experience working with exotic pets and using alternative therapies to help them to live their best lives. She is one of about 32 Board Certified Specialists in Exotic Companion Mammals internationally and has taught many other veterinarians about use of these therapies in furry, scaled and feathered pets.
Too many people do not seek veterinary care during their pet’s senior years because they do not think there is anything that can be done. At 4 Paws Rejuvenation we have multiple therapies that allow pets to live more comfortably in their senior and geriatric years. Dr. Bradley Bays has also taken advanced education and was awarded Certification in Palliative care for those pets with chronic issues and end of life concerns.