Explore Alternative Medicine
Bigger Road is a progressive practice on the cutting edge of modern veterinary medicine. We also recognize that every patient is unique, and that providing total life care for a pet requires an open mind and a holistic approach.
That's why our doctors are always learning, and pursuing all potential avenues of treatment for our patients - whether they are techniques or procedures that are brand new to the world, or modalities that have been in use for thousands of years.
We have a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (Dr. Megan Strahler) on staff, as well as doctors with training in Chinese herbal medicine and food therapy. We also have training in advanced Western procedures like Stem Cell Therapy, CPET, and Class IV therapy laser.
The breadth of expertise and treatment options at Bigger Road means that we can make a plan for your pet's treatment or ongoing wellness that meets the individual needs of you and your pet.
Dr. Megan Strahler is a graduate of the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist. She offers acupuncture to our canine and feline patients that suffer from long term illness or injury.
Acupuncture can help treat a variety of chronic conditions such as arthritis, allergies, kidney disease, and digestive disorders. Dr. Strahler has a special interest in using this therapy to help treat pain in our patients. Acupuncture is generally provided on an out-patient basis and can be very relaxing to the patients.
Herbs have been used in human medicine for centuries . More recently, the veterinary community has begun to explore applications of traditional Eastern medicines for dogs and cats.
Dr. Megan Strahler, a graduate of the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, prescribes traditional Chinese herbs for pets with a variety of health conditions. Often, herbal medicine complements modern medical treatments, or aids in palliative care for patients with long-term illness that causes pain or discomfort. Additionally, herbs are sometimes indicated as a supplement to routine wellness care for healthy pets.
Herbs can provide valuable benefits in combination with Western medical modalities, often with less worry of side effects or interactions. For this reason, our other doctors frequently consult with Dr. Strahler to incorporate herbal medicine into their own treatment plans.
Dr. Megan Strahler provide nutrition consultations, to help manage our patients' nutritional and medical needs.
Chinese food therapy applies Eastern nutritional philosophies and uses combinations of "real" foods (including meats, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats) that you prepare in your own kitchen. Ingredients are selected based on your pet's medical history and any current health concerns.
Often, Chinese food therapy supplements a commercial pet diet. Even replacing a portion of a pet's diet with properly balanced real foods can help maintain wellness in healthy pets, and complement other treatment modalities in pets suffering from illness.
Nutrient balance of a home-made diet is essential. Our doctors and technicians are trained to help you create a balanced diet of real foods, that also incorporates principles of Eastern medicine to address pet health concerns.
“Stem cell therapy is one of the newest and most exciting treatments available to help in the treatment of canine osteoarthritis,” says Dr. Conan Crocker.
Regenerative medicine incorporates a patient’s own stem cells into an injectable form that can be easily administered. Studies show over 80% of dogs with arthritis have improved quality of life after receiving stem cell therapy.
Our doctors can help you decide if stem cell therapy is right for your pet. If you have a dog that is pre-disposed to arthritis we can even store cells in advance so they are ready for you to use when you need them most!
Class IV lasers use different wavelengths of light to treat a variety of conditions, including open wounds, back and neck pain, arthritis, and other painful inflammatory conditions.
The laser is non-invasive, cool to the touch, and penetrates tissues, using your pet’s own cellular mechanisms to aid healing and decrease inflammation. Patients are usually treated on an outpatient basis during brief visits to the clinic. Your veterinarian may recommend a series of visits to treat your pet.
We offer so many alternative treatment options because we know that the needs of every patient and client are different. No one modality is appropriate or beneficial in every instance. We will work with you to develop a plan for veterinary care that helps your pet live the longest, healthiest, happiest life possible, while also respecting your needs and wishes.