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Team Building Time

November 5th 2017

Although we've been quite busy setting up the new clinic in preparation for our first day of appointments on Nov. 20, 2017, we made to sure to take an evening off for some important team building with our growing staff.

A little wine, a bit of cheese, some splatter painting and a whole lot of fun was had by everyone, and we can't wait to show you the masterpiece we made together!

A very special thank you to our wonderful new neighbours at 4Cats Art Studio in Montgomery for hosting us and helping us "unleash" our creativity!!

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Integrative Veterinary Care For Pain Management

October 12th 2017

Integrative Veterinary Care for Pain Management 

Pain management for pets can be tricky. From administering medications and supplements to ensuring they don’t overdo it in the activity department, it can be a lot of work, and can add stress for both the animal and their loved ones, especially if it doesn’t quite offer enough relief to allow your pet the quality of life they deserve. Fortunately, complementary therapies like acupuncture, massage and chiropractic care can help bridge the gap between prescriptions and rest when used in conjunction with traditional veterinary care, and they just might help your pet discover a new “leash” on life.

Massage is one of the oldest known forms of bodywork in human history – and as soon as we figured out how beneficial it was to us, we started offering it to the animals in our care, including our cats and dogs. As additional therapies were developed, the numerous benefits were also applied to our four-legged friends. Therapeutic massage involves the touching of the skin and applying various forms of pressure to the muscles. Aside from relieving anxiety, and improving strength and flexibility, massage can help boost the immune system and increase blood circulation, which in turn facilitates pain reduction caused by injuries to the muscles, joints and ligaments, degenerative diseases, and even growing pains in larger breeds.

Acupuncture is another a widely-used therapy with origins dating back thousands of years. It uses extremely fine, sterile needles inserted into specific anatomic points on the animal’s body to stimulate the body's built-in healing mechanisms and affecting certain physiological changes. The needle insertion is virtually painless, there’s no discomfort once they are in place, and is extremely safe when administered by a properly trained veterinarian. Most pets become relaxed or even sleepy during veterinary acupuncture sessions, and can find relief from a variety of painful conditions, such as post-operative pain, chronic joint pain, congenital disorders like luxated patella, and traumatic nerve injuries.

Animal chiropractic is a field of animal health that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems and the effects of these disorders on general health. And although it’s only seen acceptance in the traditional veterinary community for the last 15 years or so, the benefits are undeniable. Chiropractic care is a hands-on modality designed to relieve pressure in the vertebral column to realign the body and restore critical relationship between the spine and the nervous system through a series of gentle “adjustments.” Veterinary chiropractors use their hands to identify areas of restriction and apply a precise thrust on the immobile vertebrae in an effort to ease motion and relive pain and discomfort from muscle spasms, over-extension, nerve problems, and tail injuries.

We here at Montgomery Village Veterinary Clinic & Dekens Housecall Services are pleased to offer these holistic services – and more - with bookings with Dr. Veronica Devall commencing mid-November 2017! Please call us today at (403) 305-6545 or email info@dekensvet.ca for more information.

Note: While complementary therapies are neither a replacement for regular veterinary care, nor meant to “cure” every condition, they can work very well when indicated. Always discuss holistic and any other new treatments with your veterinarian prior to commencing to ensure your pet receives the best care and benefits. Remember: safety first!

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