Conventional Treatments

Digital Radiography

Digital x-ray imaging has revolutionized diagnostic radiology.

We utilize a modern digital x-ray system for maximum efficiency and lower radiation doses that also provides the highest resolution digital radiographic image available. Bulky, large x-ray printouts are no longer needed. An electronic copy of your pet’s x-ray will be stored in a computer file and can, as needed, also be stored on CD

Ultrasonography

Ultrasound imaging is one the most practical means of examining soft tissues and organs non-invasively.  We provide ultrasound services in hospital through a veterinary radiologist.  Ultrasound imaging can detect tumors within organs, assess organs for signs of inflammation, and even evaluate changes in the size of small organs like lymph nodes and adrenal glands.  This can be a vital piece of diagnostic information.  For cardiac ultrasounds, we recommend Chesapeake Veterinary Cardiology Associates who have always worked well with our patients’ integrative medical treatments.

Laboratory Testing

At Veterinary Holistic Care, we use modern laboratory testing to assist with diagnosing and treating most health issues and as an integral part of our wellness program.

Though we perform some tests in-house, most of our tests are sent to the most high-quality laboratories in the country. Whether in-house or out, we always discuss our findings with you so that you can join in making informed decisions about your pet’s treatment plan.

Antimicrobial therapy

Overuse of antibiotics is an issue that can have dangerous consequences for all of us.  Multi-drug resistant bacteria are becoming more and more prevalent, and its incumbent upon all medical pracitioners and agricultural producers to minimize the use of antibiotics only to cases where it is necessary.

At VHC we do not hesitate to use antimicrobial therepy when it is necessary.  Whenever possible we employ bacterial culturing to direct our therapy precisely against the organisms we are trying to eliminate, and do not dispense antibiotics without a stong suspicion of a bacterial threat.

Pain Management

We strongly believe in the power of acupuncture, massage and gentle herbal formulas to relieve pain in dogs and cats without the side effects common with many pain relieving drugs.  However, there are instances when these methods are simply not enough to control pain.  In these instances we will always discuss pharmaceutical options for pain management in addition to our natural modalities.  No animal should live with pain.  The healing process of the body and spirit cannot advance while significant pain is present and so we want to do whatever is needed to eliminate that pain.

Orthotics

Prosthetics is the science of making external devices used to replace missing body parts. Prostheses are being used for animals with limb deformities (from birth or acquired) and animals requiring limb amputation due to trauma or bone cancer. Use of a prosthesis can return an animal to near normal function.

Derek Campana is an experienced orthotist and prosthetist who has been working with animals for several years. His prosthetics are custom-made for each case. Derek will come to the clinic to create a cast on the patient. He then makes the prosthesis and comes back to fit the patient at a follow-up appointment. His prosthetics are virtually unbreakable and come with a lifetime guarantee.

Orthoses and prostheses, made out of various materials including neoprene and plastic, are used for animals with limb deformities, carpal hyperextension, ligament injuries, and nerve damage (radial nerve paralysis, sciatic nerve damage, and brachial plexus injuries).