written by Dr. Courtney Belden for FETCH a Cure's
upcoming Pet Cancer Awareness insert in Style Weekly Laser therapy utilizes light energy to penetrate tissue and stimulate cells. In doing so, it increases healing, aids in circulation, provides local pain relief and decreases inflammation. Laser therapy is not painful and does not cause damage to cells/tissues. Your pet experiences a warming sensation with the treatment and some pets relax enough to fall asleep during their therapy session.
Laser therapy is most commonly used for arthritis, soft tissue injury, post-operative healing, wound management and many more conditions. It can also be used for acupuncture by replacing the traditional needles with the light energy from the laser.
Laser therapy can be used in cancer patients to provide palliative care. Palliative care is another term for providing relief of the pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness. Because laser therapy is such a great pain reliever and is non-invasive, it can be very useful in cases where all other options have been exhausted and palliative care is needed.
This type of treatment should only be used with the express consent of the treating veterinarian as the effects on cancer cells have not yet been determined. Please be sure to discuss any and all treatments with your veterinarian.
Written by Dr. Courtney Belden for Canine Adventure
's Something to Bark About
If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me, "You do acupuncture for dogs? Really?"…
Yes! Really! We are so fortunate to have the ability to help our pets even more through treatments such as acupuncture, massage, laser therapy, and chiropractic care. These treatments can not only make your pet feel better and enhance their quality of life, but in some cases, they can actually reduce the amount of medications that your pet needs to stay comfortable.
Additionally, these treatments are very safe, can be used in conjunction with each other and other medications, and they make your pet feel great!!!! This is a brief list of some of the most common complementary treatment modalities that are used in veterinary medicine today. Don't hesitate to ask your veterinarian if any or all of these could benefit YOUR dog and you will be well on your way to providing your pet with the healthiest and happiest life possible!
Acupuncture is a treatment therapy that can be used for most any condition, but is most recognized for it's use in arthritis and neurologic disorders. It is a treatment practice that has been around for thousands of years and has survived the test of time.
Cold Laser Therapy
Laser therapy is a newer treatment modality that is used by everyone from veterinarians to the Washington Redskins trainers! Laser therapy is great for any condition that requires pain relief, faster healing times, decreased inflammation, nerve stimulation, etc. It is also very safe and can be used in most animals and with most drugs.
Massage Therapy isn't just for pampering! Massages have been proven to have therapeutic benefits including, increased circulation, decreased pain, increased range of motion, and faster healing times. And as a bonus, massages feel great!!!!
Chiropractic care has been a mainstay of human medicine for a very long time and we are seeing remarkable results with it in animals as well. Your veterinary chiropractor focuses on aligning your pet's vertebrae to provide optimal function of your nervous system. This treatment modality is great for overall well-being, injuries/compensatory issues, arthritis, neurologic disease and much more.
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You can also email email@example.com
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We hope to see you there!
"Chewy" told me that he is SO excited to be the first Pet of the Month
For those of you that may not know it, "Chewy" is a mixed breed dog that is 13 years old and is Dr Belden's dog that she adopted ~11 years ago.
Chewy was an island dog that lived in a pack on the beach in Grenada, West Indies, where Dr Belden attended veterinary school.
"Chewy" is the perfect dog to start the Pet of the Month because he has always been Dr Belden's #1 patient.
"Chewy" was a wild dog for 1-2 years before he was adopted, so his puppy days were not full of TLC. When Dr Belden took him under her wing, he was Heartworm positive, Ehrlichia positive, extremely emaciated, and had gotten into many fights because he was an intact male (un-neutered). He was immediately treated for the Heartworm disease, Ehrlichiosis, and was neutered as soon as he was a good anesthetic candidate. "Chewy" quickly doubled in size to his ideal body weight and traveled the world at Dr Belden's side.
He is now residing happily in Richmond, VA with his two-legged companions and couldn't be happier.
He receives his monthly heartworm
and flea preventions
, Dasuquin, Welactin, Denamarin, and Adequan
along with acupuncture
sessions as needed.
"Chewy" would be happy to answer any questions that you might have about his treatments/supplements and if he can't answer them, he said he could ask his mom...
Dr Courtney Belden was the recipient of this year's KNOWLEDGE AWARD at the 2012 Pets On Parade Gala!!!!
The awesome annual event raises money for Fetch A Cure's Companion in Crisis Program and it was a great success this year!
Dr Belden was so honored to receive this award from her dear friends, colleagues, and clients at Fetch a Cure.
When Dr Belden learned that she would be the recipient of the award, she began to cry... She claims that it was an immediate reaction that stemmed from the very special feeling that comes from being valued and recognized by someone that you respect greatly. In this case, that "someone" is Fetch a Cure.
Dr Belden has served on the Medical Advisory Board with Fetch for over a year as well as enjoying weekly visits to the office to acupuncture the Fetch mascot, Dudley. She couldn't feel more grateful and fortunate to be involved with such a wonderful organization. The mission of Fetch and the people that make the organization a success are truly one of a kind.
Dr Belden feels so honored and fortunate to be the recipient of this incredible award!!! Check out pics on the Central Virginia Veterinary and Acupuncture Facebook page!And join us at the next Richmond, VA event supporting Fetch a Cure and other friends at the Diamond on August 29th! Bark in the Park is coming up and should be tons o'fun!
And the winner is............
Thank you SO much to all of you that participated in the contest! We have the BEST CLIENTS in Richmond!
Jeanna wins one ticket to this extraordinary event benefiting Fetch A Cure :
An Evening with Garth Stein: The Art of Racing in the RainThe Virginia Historical Society
Wednesday, April 4th
6pm - 9pm
Join FETCH a Cure for “An Evening with Garth Stein” - author of New York Times Bestseller The Art of Racing in the Rain.
A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life...as only a dog could tell it. - GarthStein.com
April 4, 2012 The Virginia Historical Society428 N Boulevard, Richmond, VA 6:00 pm – VIP Cocktail Reception6:30 pm – General Reception7:15 pm – Dinner with Garth Stein followed by Q&A and book signing Tickets are $75/person and include dinner There are only a few tickets left, so reserve your seat ASAP!
We have a contest announcement!!!
Dr Belden needs a date to see Garth Stein, the author of "The Art of Racing in the Rain". This New York Times Bestseller is a beautiful tale of love, life, and adventure told from the dog's point of view.
Share the link to this blog on Facebook or via email and your name will be entered to win ONE FREE TICKET TO THIS EVENT ($75 value).
(Tag Central Virginia Veterinary & Acupuncture on FB and/or copy firstname.lastname@example.org if sharing via email)The more you share, the more chances you have to win!!!
If you haven't already read the book, I highly recommend it. If you have read the book, then you know why this event is so exciting!!
Not only does this event appeal to dog lovers and literary buffs, it is also for a great cause! All proceeds benefit Fetch a Cure, one of our favorite local non-profit organizations.
Here is the link to the event!
We can't WAIT to see you!!!
It's our One Year Anniversary and We feel so fortunate... this has been the most incredible first year of practice! We have met wonderful people, wonderful animals, and have learned so much about ourselves and our practice of veterinary medicine. We wouldn't have made it this far without the love and support of our clients. You have made this practice what it is today and we can't wait to see how the practice will flourish in the future.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts...
This Friday, I (Dr B) will be traveling to Grenada, WI to teach at my alma mater, St George's University School of Veterinary Medicine. This is such an exciting trip in many ways... Grenada is a stunning island that is near and dear to my heart... this is where I adopted my beloved dog, Chewy and where I spent three years of my life learning about veterinary medicine and about myself.
Being able to spend time with students again is so invigorating and inspirational. I can't wait to see the students that I met last term and also see the fresh faced first-termers:)
It is an honor to be asked back to SGU as a visiting professor!
Dr Belden will be out of the office from 1/20/12-2/2/12. The best way to communicate during that time would be text message, email, or voicemail.
It's a brand new year which means we have new year's resolutions! Let's have resolutions for our pets too!
My resolution for my beloved dog, Chewy, is to spend more time with him and take him on longer walks.
This past year has been very busy here at CVVA and Chewy's walks have suffered a bit as a result :( Chewy is 12 years old and still wants to go, so I need to keep him fit and trim and mentally stimulated!
Keeping weight off of him will help him to feel better, will help with any musculoskeltal disease (arthritis), and will help to prevent other diseases like diabetes.
Richmond is a wonderful city for exploring, so I resolve to explore it with my best friend, Chewy :)
What are your new year's resolutions??