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Integrative Medicine to Complement Traditional Care

We’re pleased to offer the benefits of alternative treatments that can reduce pain and inflammation, improve mobility, and alleviate other symptoms related to a range of medical conditions. These modalities can be used as complements to traditional medicine or on their own for drug-free relief.


Dr. Ryan Knight became a certified veterinary acupuncturist following his own experience with the healing benefits of acupuncture. During the procedure, the doctor inserts fine needles into specific points on the body to stimulate nerves and increase blood flow to the area.

The applications for acupuncture are virtually endless! Here’s just a small sampling of conditions that can benefit from this form of treatment:

  • Arthritis
  • Disc and musculoskeletal conditions
  • Circulation and respiratory problems
  • Nerve damage
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Dermatitis and lick granulomas
  • Some neurological conditions and paralysis
  • Select reproductive issues
  • Sports injuries

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Dr. Knight is trained in traditional Chinese veterinary medicine, a holistic approach that includes both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Herbal therapy can correct imbalances in the body due to underlying conditions, as well as promote the body's ability to heal itself. Herbal medicine is effective in treating chronic conditions that impact the body’s major systems.

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Laser Therapy

Laser therapy is a painless, non-invasive treatment that reduces pain and inflammation and promotes tissue repair using the targeted application of specific light wavelengths. At Switzer Veterinary Clinic, we use our therapy laser daily for skin lesions, arthritis, as well as numerous orthopedic conditions.

Health issues that benefit from laser therapy include:

  • Wounds and lick granulomas
  • Hot spots
  • Itchy ears
  • Inflammation
  • Lymphedema
  • Arthritis, tendonitis, and joint diseases
  • Ear infections
  • Tooth extractions
  • Sprains, strains, and fractures
  • Post-surgery pain
Laser Therapy

Physical Therapy

Sometimes, pets suffering from nerve disorders or those who’ve had orthopedic surgery can benefit from physical therapy. We’ll demonstrate exercises you can do at home with your pet to help them regain mobility, flexibility, and balance.

Physical Therapy

Our selection of both Eastern and Western modalities can be combined for optimal results. Please call us today to discuss your pet’s condition or to make an appointment.