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Keeping Senior Pets Mobile— The Natural Way

Full Circle clients are dedicated to their senior pets. They want their pet’s golden years to be the best years of their lives. Our veterinarians realize that mobility plays a major role in a senior pet’s quality of life. Medications are available but what are your options if you prefer to treat your pet more naturally?

1)      Rehabilitation therapy: As senior pets age they often lose muscle mass, develop arthritis in their joints and become tight and sore. Massage and stretching are an important component of treating our older patients. Tight muscles and restrictive connective tissues can severely restrict a pet’s flexibility and their fluid movement.   Massage helps to soothe sore muscles and make the connective tissues more pliable. At Full Circle we also offer other modalities like low-level laser therapy and pulsed magnetic field therapy, which can greatly improve your senior pet’s comfort level and allow them to move more freely. Our rehab team in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, can design a home exercise plan to help your senior pet build muscle mass which will greatly improve their mobility long term.

2)      Acupuncture:  Acupuncture has been used for centuries to relieve pain.  Very fine needles are inserted into specific points of the body to improve the flow of energy through your pet’s meridians (the energy pathways of the body). The needles are very well tolerated by pets and sedation is not required. At Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives our veterinarians certified in acupuncture routinely treat cats, dogs, rabbits, and even a rat or two.

3)      Homotoxocology remedies: Homotox remedies are combination homeopathic remedies. There are remedies available to help with both acute pain and trauma and remedies proven to help with osteoarthritis.

4)      Adequan injections:  Adequan is a polysulfated glycosaminoglycan that in studies has been shown to improve joint health.

5)      Nutraceuticals: Oral nutraceuticals like Glucosamine HCL, Chondroitin Sulfate, MSM and green lipped mussels can improve joint health and aid in keeping your senior pet agile.

6)      Chinese herbal remedies: Carefully chosen Chinese herbals can help decrease pain and increase your pet’s mobility by addressing the imbalances in their systems leading to the pain.  Because these imbalances can affect many organ systems you may notice more health benefits than just an increase in mobility!

 

At Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives we love finding the best combination of treatments for each individual senior to keep them feeling agile and young in their golden years!

 

Written by Dr. Janis Fisher, DVM, CVA, CCRT

 

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Dear Clients,

With the recent changes for businesses related to Covid, we want to reassure you that we are continuing to provide our full range of services with the safety measures listed below. We will update this page regularly as the safety measures change.

We are continuing to see all cases by appointment only. This includes Canine Rehabilitation appointments, Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine appointments for acupuncture, herbal medicine, food therapy and Tui -na, Animal Chiropractic, Nutrition referrals, and specific blood testing referrals.

If you have questions, please contact us by phone at 902-461-0951 or email us at careteam@fullcirclevet.ca.

SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- Tuesday, Wednesday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Thursday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding.  We look forward to seeing you with your furry family members when Covid subsides!

- Your dedicated team at Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives Inc.