Short Pump Animal Hospital

Complementary Therapies

Complementary therapies, such as laser therapy and massages, can be a great way to help your pet feel better.

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy is a relatively new practice for pets. It is a quick and painless procedure that can heal soft tissue injuries and reduce chronic pain. Your pet may benefit from laser therapy if they are experiencing any of the following ailments:

  • Sprains
  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Muscle or tendon injuries
  • Open wounds
  • Neuromuscular disease


You may think of massages as strictly for humans, but they are also a wonderful experience for your pet. Some benefits of massages include increased circulation, improved flexibility, reduced joint pain, and reduced stress. If you think your pet could benefit from a massage as a complementary therapy, consult your veterinarian today.

Genetic Testing

Genetic testing is a simple way to find out more about our pets. There is a wealth of information contained within an individual’s genetic code, or DNA. Through collection of a sample of your pets DNA-containing cells, a myriad of tests can be run, either individually or as part of a profile, that provides valuable information about your pet’s genetic make-up.

Genetic testing might sound exotic, but it has been used in pets for over twenty years. It is easy and convenient to do, and with modern technological advances has become quite affordable.

What can genetic testing tell us?


  • If your pet is a mixed breed, genetic testing can identify the breeds that contributed to the mix.

Genetic condition predispositions

  • Different breeds are known to be prone to certain conditions, so knowing the breeds in the mix can help determine the approximate risk for a variety of conditions.
  • Even if tests for specific genetic conditions are not available, screening with other types of early-detection testing can promote better preventive care, and lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment of conditions.

Better understanding of pet/physical and personality traits

  • Every purebred has certain established physical and personality traits that provide owners with an idea of the type of pet they are getting. Knowing the breeds that go into a mix can help the owners make better guesses about the size, temperament, energy levels, and exercise requirements their unique pet may have.

Diet and wellness plans

  • Knowing breed mix and potential condition predispositions can help an owner develop a more accurate diet, wellness, and preventive care plan for their pet.

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