Integrative Medicine at Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital

Integrative Medicine and Canine Performance Center

 
We’re devoted to providing traditional and nontraditional treatments for our companion animal and equine patients. Our mission is to expand the diagnostic and treatment options we provide our patients.
 

Appointment Information: 360.568.3112

 
We offer extended weekday hours and Saturday appointments. To schedule an appointment, please call 360. 568. 3112 or email us at integrativemedicine@pilchuckvet.net.


About Integrative Medicine

 
Integrative veterinary medicine is a comprehensive approach to animal care that combines the best of conventional medicine and complementary and alternative therapies.
 
Western medicine and nontraditional medicine are not mutually exclusive, and the integration of these practices is often extremely beneficial. The goals of both are the same: healing, maintaining a good quality of life for our patients, and disease prevention. This integrative approach to diagnostics and treatments gives our animal patients many more therapeutic options and can benefit animals from birth to their senior years.
 
Our veterinarians and technical staff are extensively trained in conventional, complementary and alternative medicine modalities. Our focus is on treating the whole animal, while establishing a partnership and therapeutic plan with you and your regular veterinarian to achieve optimal wellness for your animal.
 

Services

 
With more than 35 years of combined experience, our doctors are skilled in Western medical practice and have gained additional training and/or certification the following:
 
Traditional Chinese veterinary medicine
Acupuncture
Chinese herbal medicine
 
 
 
Western herbology and homeopathy
 
Nutritional and dietary management
 
Advanced dietary supplements
 
Rehabilitation therapy and pain management
Physical therapy (therapeutic exercises and stretches) 
Underwater treadmill/hydrotherapy
Cryotherapy and thermal therapies
Therapeutic ultrasound
Shockwave treatment 
Cold laser
 
 
Chiropractic (spine manipulation) 
 
Massage therapy
 

Common Conditions We Treat: Small Animal

 
Orthopedic issues
Osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease (DJD) 
Ligament and tendon injuries
Canine hip dysplasia
Paralysis/pain from bulging or ruptured discs
Spondylosis
Non-healing fractures
Lameness in the canine athlete
 
 
Neurologic problems
Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD)
Fibrocartilaginous emboli (FCE/spinal stroke) 
Facial paralysis
Peripheral nerve injury or neuropathy
Degenerative myelopathy
 
Behavioral disorders
Anxiety, aggression, inappropriate urination,etc.
 
Developmental diseases
 
Geriatric conditions
Weakness and/or chronic pain
Dementia/cognitive dysfunction
 
Immune system disorders
 
Ophthalmic disorders
 
Pain management and post-surgical conditions
 
Endocrine disorders
Cushing’s disease
Addison’s disease
Thyroid dysfunction (hypo- and hyper-thyroid) 
Diabetes
 
Dermatologic disorders
Allergic/atopic dermatitis (food and/or environmental allergies)
Lick granulomas (“hot spots”)
 
Internal medicine conditions
Cardiovascular disorders (anemia, heart disease)
Cancer
Liver disorders (hepatitis, cirrhosis)
Urogenital disorders (bladder infections, renal failure) 
Gastrointestinal disorders (pancreatitis, diarrhea, constipation, IBD)
 

Common Conditions We Treat: Equine

 
Orthopedic issues
Osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease (DJD)
Ligament and tendon injuries 
Spondylosis
Non-healing fractures
Lameness in the equine athlete
 
Neurologic problems
Facial paralysis
Peripheral nerve injury or neuropathy
Degenerative myelopathy (cauda equina)
Seizures
 
Respiratory disorders
Heaves
Inflammatory airway disease
 
Behavioral disorders
Anxiety/fear
 
Developmental diseases
OCD
Wobbler’s
 
Muscular disorders
Polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM)
Equine metabolic syndrome
 
Geriatric conditions
Weakness and/or chronic pain
 
Immune system disorders
 
Gastrointestinal disorders
Diarrhea
Constipation
Gas colic
 
Pain management and post-surgical conditions
 
Endocrine disorders
Cushing’s disease
Addison’s disease
 
Dermatologic disorders 
Allergic dermatitis
Insect hypersensitivities
 
Internal medicine conditions
Cardiovascular disorders (anemia, heart disease)
Cancer
Liver disorders (hepatitis, cirrhosis)
Urogenital disorders (bladder infections, renal failure)
 
Reproductive disorders
Infertility
Impotence
 

How We Work With Your Animal’s Primary Veterinarian

 
In cases when your animal’s primary veterinarian is not a Pilchuck doctor, we will work closely with him or her to ensure the best possible care. In addition to our communications with you, we offer your animal’s primary veterinarian:
  • Initial patient case consultations
  • Ongoing, timely updates (via mail, email and/or phone) regarding the patient’s condition
  • Notification if and when we change a diagnosis or perform additional tests/ procedures
  • Copies of all treatment plans and summary progress reports