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Acupuncture & Herbal Therapy for Pets

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In addition to traditional Western forms of veterinary medicine, Dr. Teresa Sauer and Intermountain Pet Hospital are pleased to offer holistic options to pet owners in the Boise area. With veterinary acupuncture, we can effectively treat a wide variety of conditions, including:Pet Acupuncture Success Story

  • Chronic pain
  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Stiffness
  • Anxiety
  • Recovery from injuries and surgery

IPH can also provide your pets with Western herbal remedies. By pairing standard treatment options with responsibly sourced, rigorously tested herbs, we can:

  • Ease pain in your pets
  • Alleviate gastroinstestinal disorders and cancer symptoms
  • Treat the conditions listed above when the usual types of therapy isn't working by itself

Veterinary Acupuncture

Acupuncture is founded on the concept of viewing the body as a system with a natural flow of electrical energy. By inserting hair-thin needles under the skin, we stimulate your pet's nervous system and cause the underlying muscles to activate. In turn, this causes pain-blocking chemicals to be released, which helps the body heal.

We perform our acupuncture sessions in a room designed to keep your pets calm and comfortable. Since the needles are so thin, animals can barely feel them go in. Sessions last 30-60 minutes. The number of visits can vary depending on the condition being treated.

More Information on Veterinary Acupuncture

Veterinary acupuncture and its benefits have been the subject of many studies. For more information, visit these websites:

Veterinary Herbal Therapy

At IPH, we take a holistic, integrative approach to Veterinary Herbal Therapy. Instead of replacing  treatment options like surgery or physical therapy, we may prescribe herbal supplements to complement them.

Our vet Dr. Sauer has taken courses in the responsible, evidence-based use of Western herbal remedies. Thanks to her training and education, she can make prescriptions based on clinical evidence, not old wives' tales.

Some herbs that Dr. Sauer may prescribe for your pet include:

  • St. John's wort (can help reduce pain)
  • Milk thistle (can help with liver disorders)
  • Ginger (can be prescribed for stomach problems)
  • Curcumin/Tumeric (can relieve arthritis symptoms)
  • Boswellia (can help with pain and arthritis)
  • Devil's claw (could be used for gastroinestinal problems, arthritis, allergic reactions)

More Information on Herbal Therapy

There have been numerous studies on the effectiveness of herbal remedies. Check out these websites for details: