Alternative Therapies

At Redwood Veterinary Hospital

Alternative Therapies

Our Visalia veterinarians at Redwood Veterinary Hospital are experienced in many areas of traditional veterinary medicine but, many times, alternative therapies complement treatment programs and can provide additional relief and healing for your pet.


A few of the alternative therapies we offer are:

Cold Laser Therapy

Low-level laser therapy (LLLT), also known as cold laser is the painless application of infrared light that can effectively treat a variety of painful veterinary conditions. The biochemical effect of the low-level light increases the production of cellular energy and thus promotes cellular regeneration, production of collagen for tissue repair, and vascular dilation and synthesis for better circulation. This effect is know as photobiomodulation and encourages production of the body’s endorphins which is why cold laser is a helpful tool in managing chronic pain in pets.

Other common applications include wound healing, post-surgical incisions, edema, management of degenerative joint disease, skin infections, lick granulomas, ear infections, gingivitis, trigger points, rattle snake bite wounds and trauma. Duration of treatment and number sessions varies based on the condition and response to therapy.  This new technology has been very exciting for our patients in helping them heal faster.


Acupuncture can be used to help improve or cure problems your pet might have, including those related to the musculoskeletal, reproductive, neurological, or gastrointestinal systems. Acupuncture can also be used to manage pain and hasten recovery after surgery.

You can watch the video below to learn more about the Medical Veterinary Acupuncture program Dr. Eby completed at Colorado State University.

Because the needles used in acupuncture are extremely thin, they cause minimal or no pain and are generally well tolerated by pets. However, incorrect placement of the needle or inadequate sterilization can result in pain or complications, which is why you should only have a qualified practitioner perform acupuncture on your pet.

To determine if your pet’s condition(s) may be responsive to this treatment modality, please set up an exam with one of our qualified veterinarians.