Canine Services – About

The veterinary services that SSVW offers for canines are complementary and holistic in nature. We are not set up to provide traditional western veterinary care for small animals and do not provide prescriptions for western medications for dogs. We highly recommend that you maintain a relationship with a primary care veterinarian for your dogs, but are happy to help provide integrative, holistic therapies to help your furry loved ones be happy and healthy.

What complementary therapies are offered?

We offer primarily: Acupuncture, chiropractic, nail trims, cold laser care. See specific sections in the drop down menu for more detailed information about each of these services. On a case by case basis other therapies that may be recommended or discussed include: Chinese herbal treatments, recommendations for other dietary supplements, TCVM food therapy, Tui-Na, Bach flower essences, veterinary essential oils, myofascial taping and homeopathy

Conditions addressed include:

  • Pain/discomfort
  • Musculoskeletal disease (arthritis, hip dysplasia, cruciate ligament problems and chronic injury)
  • Spinal cord disorders (intervertebral disc disease, certain types of paralysis)
  • Neurological disorders (traumatic nerve injury, epilepsy,owners could notice clumsiness or unusual gait)
  • Skin problems (wound healing, allergies)
  • Cancer patients (supportive care)
  • Palliative care
  • Post-operative healing and rehabilitation (knee injuries, back injury)
  • Geriatric wellness care (common observations include trouble getting up, traversing stairs, getting in the car)
  • Overall wellness maintenance

What’s different about holistic care?

The holistic approach is one where the whole animal is considered, rather than a focus on individual symptoms or disease processes. Holistic therapies are aimed at helping the body restore harmony in the whole individual rather than a single diagnosis/cure. While traditional medicines work by “stopping” undesired processes (anti-diarrhea or anti-vomiting medications), holistic therapy takes into account the imbalance in the body that is caused by and results from these symptoms and attempts to correct that. Holistic care may be used in conjunction with traditional medicine in response to a single issue or for general wellness.

How do we see you?

Canine services are often provided in our small space at the office in Millville, but can also be performed in your home, as long as you reside within our ambulatory practice area.

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Who might we see?

The doctors offering services for canine patients are Dr. Beth Hirsch and Dr. Ruth Lindberg. Dr Hirsch is an AVCA certified chiropractic practitioner, with training in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). She is certified in Equine Acupuncture through the Chi Institute and has completed training in a low needle topographic acupuncture for dogs and horses. Dr. Lindberg is a Certified Veterinary Medical Acupuncturist and offers large and small animal acupuncture.