SOURCE: Hunt Valley Animal Hospital

September 20, 2011 07:00 ET

Hunt Valley Animal Hospital Provides Holistic Care for Pets

HUNT VALLEY, MD--(Marketwire - Sep 20, 2011) - Hunt Valley Animal Hospital announced that it provides holistic pet care in addition to traditional veterinary care for pets. The animal hospital offers a variety of holistic care treatments, including pet acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments and natural remedies. The veterinary team also provides wellness pet care and nutritional counseling in order to reduce the risk of illness. Established by Dr. Allan Frank, the animal hospital has been serving the community for over 25 years, providing routine wellness care as well as specialized services including dermatology and laparoscopic surgery.

Dr. Allan Frank, a veterinarian and founder of Hunt Valley Animal Hospital, announced that the vet clinic is providing Hunt Valley holistic pet care in addition to traditional veterinary care.

"We believe that a combination of holistic and conventional care is sometimes the best way to manage illness and pain in pets," said Dr. Frank. "For example, we frequently tell pet owners that holistic and conventional pet care is one of the best ways to battle cancer in pets."

Cancer is a leading cause of death for cats and dogs. According to Dr. Frank, holistic treatments can help relieve a pet's pain and may also enhance the effectiveness of conventional care. Homeopathic remedies and nutritional supplements may help strengthen a pet's immune system, which will reduce the toxic effects of chemo drugs and radiation treatments.

According to Dr. Frank, holistic care can also help relieve pain in pets as they age. For example, natural wear and tear over time can make it painful for pets to run, jump and move. Chiropractic adjustments and acupuncture treatments may help reduce the need for orthopedic surgery.

Dr. Gary Brooks, a veterinarian with the animal hospital, is certified to practice spinal manipulation, a form of chiropractic adjustment for animals.

"Chiropractic care helps restore alignment to your pet's musculoskeletal system, which is especially important for senior pet care," said Dr. Brooks. "Proper alignment of the musculoskeletal system is essential for easing pain associated with natural wear and tear on the joints and spine."

Dr. Brooks is also certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and is a recognized veterinary massage and rehabilitation therapist.

According to Dr. Brooks, pet acupuncture can also help manage joint pain in senior dogs. During an acupuncture session, thin needles are inserted into pressure points along the body. Needles in these pressure points may stimulate nerves, increase blood flow, relieve muscles spasms and stimulate the release of endorphins, a natural painkiller.

"I have had great success using acupuncture to relieve pain in older dogs who struggle to move and jump," said Dr. Brooks. "Even a simple dietary change, such as the addition of fish oil supplements, can help treat joint pain and relieve inflammation and is an important part of senior pet care."

The animal hospital also provides nutritional counseling for pet owners as part of preventive wellness care.

Pet owners who wish to learn more about holistic pet care may do so by visiting the vet hospital's website,

Contact Information

  • Hunt Valley Animal Hospital
    Hunt Valley, MD