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Alternative medical practices take a more holistic approach to health and disease than conventional Western medicine. Western medicine is more focused on treating a specific problem (such as heart disease) where alternative medicine looks at the whole animal and its environment to try to restore a healthy balance. Using a combined approach to health and disease (Western and Alternative practices) allows us to use an integrative approach and gives more tools to restore health and prevent disease.
In addition to conventional Western medicine treatments, Animal Hospital of Cotati offers:
Acupuncture, Chinese herbal therapy, and Bioresonance.
Acupuncture originated in China over 4,500 years ago and has been used to treat disease and to maintain health. Acupuncture needles are placed in specific points on the body that have been determined by the practitioner to be the most beneficial for the presenting condition. The stimulation of the points usually results in a therapeutic effect.
Acupuncture can be used to treat a variety of conditions, such as arthritis, lameness, intervertebral disc disease (either when surgery is not an option or post-surgery to speed the recovery process), paralysis, gastrointestinal disease, and many others.
Sedation is not required or recommended and sessions take between 30 minutes to an hour.
Only licensed veterinarians are eligible to practice acupuncture in most states. Dr. Laura Adams is the veterinary acupuncturist at our hospital and is certified by the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine and the China National Society of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.
Bicom or Bioresonance Therapy is a cutting-edge, non-invasive electromagnetic therapy. We use it to help treat pets in cases where standard "Western" medicine has not been as successful as desired. Many of our Bioresonance clients have been referred from other veterinary hospitals. Some of the more common types of cases where we have seen significant results have included Chronic Skin Disease, Kidney Disease, Cystitis and support for cancer. Dr. Hinkle has been practicing and participating in training classes for Bioresonance since 2005. Simply stated, bioresonance therapy involves treating an animal with it's own electromagnetic frequencies, amplifying the good frequencies and taking away the bad frequencies that lead to pain and disease. Electromagnetic frequencies are one way that cells communicate with each other. When there is normal communication, there is health. Biorseonance therapy helps this to happen. Every animal is an individual, and every disease is slightly different in each animal; therefore, bioresonance allows the veterinarian to tailor the therapy to the animal's specific needs and at the same time strengthen the body's defenses.
All animals and people are self-healing, but due to environmental toxins, unhealthy life styles, external energy field disturbances (such as high voltage lines), emotional traumas and/or inherited problems, this ability is interfered with, allowing disease to occur. Treatment helps remove the blocks and toxins that interfere with the animals ability to heal. This is done in a gentle, noninvasive way by using the animal's own secretions/excretions (saliva, urine, feces, tears) or blood as information input for the device, and placement of a mat on a portion of the animal's body to deliver therapy. Treatment sessions generally last one hour. Additionally, the therapy program information can be stored on a stainless steel chip that is attached to the animals collar, in oil that can be rubbed on the animal, or in water that can be given to the animal as drops. This allows the treatment to be continued between therapy sessions; the animal uses the therapeutic energy stored this way as it needs it.