Acupuncture is one of a variety of therapies that may be used to
treat your pet. It is frequently combined with conventional Western
medicine to manage a variety of conditions.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been used for 4,000 years in humans and animals.
It consists of inserting thin, sterile, stainless steel needles
into a patient at precise locations and depths to alter the body's
biochemical and physiological properties, primarily through
stimulation of the central nervous system. Acupuncture is thought
to increase circulation and cause the release of neurotransmitters
and neurohormones (some of which are known as endorphins, the
natural "pain killing" hormones). It can also relieve muscle spasms
and stimulate the immune system.
What responds to acupuncture?
- Musculoskeletal disorders: arthritis,
denegerative joint disease, hip dysplasia, intervertebral disc
disease, post-operative orthopedic surgery.
- Neurological disorders: weakness or paralysis
secondary to disc disease, seizures.
- Respiratory disorders: chronic asthmas,
- Ocular disorders: KCS (Dry Eye), uveitis.
- Gastrointestinal disorders: megacolon in cats,
inflammatory bowel disease, chronic/acute diarrhea, constipation,
nausea, decreased appetite.
- Cancer patients: nausea, vomiting, poor
How often will my pet need acupuncture?
Acupuncture is performed once or twice per week for 4-8
treatments or until the desirable effect is reached. Treatments are
then tapered according to the patient's response.
How long does any acupuncture treatment
The length and frequency of treatments depends on the condition
of the patient. The initial consult and treatment will take 60
minutes. Subsequent treatments may take approximately 30
Is an acupuncture treatment painful?
While some pets may feel a little bit of discomfort as the
needles are inserted, most relax during treatment and may even fall
Attached to Countryside Veterinary Hospital is Countryside Pet
Center, which offers boarding and Science Diet cat and dog food.
Our boarding facility offers small kennels to large runs. It is air
conditioned in the summer and heated in the winter. We pride
ourselves on offering a facility that is clean and comfortable, and
a staff that is attentive in caring for your pets while you are
away. Feel free to swing by for a tour!
Countryside Pet Center can be reached at 208-522-9011.
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Closed for the observance of New Year's Day and Christmas Day.Open Sunday hours on Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day.
Like people, many pets may develop cancer at some point in their
lives. Some cancers can be removed through surgery alone, while
others may require more extensive forms of therapy. Although we are
not board certified oncologists, we do have experience
administering chemotherapy to pets with lymphoma and other forms of
cancer. Not all cancers will respond to chemotherapy; talk to our
doctors to determine if your pet's cancer can be treated with
Most pets respond very well to chemotherapy. Very few lose their
coat and the side effects we see are mostly minor and consist of
primarily nausea and diarrhea. If gastrointestinal upset proves to
be problematic, we can pretreat with medications to alleviate these
In some cases, referral to a university veterinary teaching
hospital may be indicated for radiation or other advanced treatment
Periodontal disease is the number one health disorder that pets
over the age of three suffer from. Dental disease can lead to tooth
loss, gingivitis and oral infections. Over time and left untreated,
these infections can spread to vital organs such as the kidneys or
heart and shorten the life span of your pet.
Our staff is trained to not only recognize these potentially
painful conditions but also to help treat and prevent them with
thorough dental cleanings. When extractions are necessary, potent
narcotics or local anesthetics are administered to help with any
discomfort your pet may feel. Annual dental cleanings will ensure
your pet's teeth remain healthy throughout their life.
Pet teeth, before and after a dental cleaning.
Our blood analysis machines allow us to run tests immediately on
sick and critical patients, to provide potentially life-saving
answers in minutes.
Our digital x-ray system allows our doctors to view images just 6
seconds after taking the X-ray. This also allows us to burn a copy
of the films to a disc for owners to view at home and easily send
images to specialists for review
Advances in veteinary medicine and laser technology now make
laser use during surgical procedures available to our clients and
their pets. We continually strive to provide the best possible care
for your pet. We feel that laser surgery helps us achieve that end.
The main reasons we feel that laser surgery helps us to provide the
best care are as follows:
- The laser produces little or no blood loss for your pet because
the laser seals the small blood vessels.
- The laser produces little or no swelling at the surgical site
because the laser seals the lymphatic vessels.
- The laser produces less post-operative pain for your pet
because the laser seals the nerve endings.
- The laser allows very precise removal of tissue.
Over 10 million pets are lost each year in the United States.
Many of these pets do not find their way back home because they
lack the proper identification or they have lost their collars or
tags. Now there is a way in which your pet can be identified even
Microchipping is a permanent pet identification method in which
a small microchip, about the size of a grain of rice, is placed
between the shoulder blades of your pet. It is not a tracking
device. The microchip number is recorded in a nationwide database
that is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. If your pet
becomes lost, shelters and veterinary hospitals nationwide have
scanners that read the microchip and return the animal to its
When an unfortunate accident happens that leaves our companions
with broken or dislocated bones, rest assured that we can offer the
expertise needed to get them up and running again. Services
- Hip and kneecap luxation surgery
- External fixator placement
- IM platting
- ACL surgery including TPLO surgery
- Learn more about TPLO surgery at tploanswers.com
Soft Tissue Surgery
Countryside Veterinary Hospital is pleased to offer a wide array
of soft tissue surgeries including:
- Foreign body retrievals
- Mass removals
- Soft palate resection
- Stomach tack for bloat prevention
Therapeutic Laser Treatment
Laser Therapy is an FDA-cleared modality that reduces inflammation
and that results in pain reduction. Laser Therapy is effective in
treating acute pain, chronic conditions, and post-operative
Laser therapy treatment is safe, painless and fast. Treatments to
are administered in 5 to 10 minutes. Typically, even
chronic patients exhibit
improvement after 3 to 5 treatment sessions.
Laser therapy utilizes the body’s
own healing powers by stimulating
cellular activity. Despite short treatment times,
treatments initiate a healing process that continues to actively reduce
inflammation for up to 24 hours after treatment.
All of our routine surgical procedures receive a post-operative therapy
laser treatment to help speed up the healing process and reduce pain
Some common conditions that are treated using laser therapy include:
→ Acute Conditions
→ Cuts/ Bites
→ Tooth Extraction Pain Relief
→ Sprains, Strains & Fractures
→ Post-Surgical Healing / Pain Relief
→ Chronic Conditions
→ Degenerative Joint Disease
→ Inflammatory Bowel Disease
→ Periodontal Disease
→ Lick Granulomas
→ Geriatric Care
→ Hip Dysplasia
→ Feline Acne
For more information about the power of cold laser therapy click HERE
We recommend that all pets be seen at least annually by one of
our veterinarians. For pets over the age of 12 we recommend that
they be seen twice yearly.
Our wellness evaluations allow us to thoroughly examine your
pet's teeth, eyes, ears, heart, lymph nodes, skin and
musculoskeletal system. During these evaluations, we may find ear
infections, cataracts, arthritis, skin tumors, allergies, dental
disease and many other conditions that may need to be addressed for
the health of your pet.
Senior Panels and Wellness Panels
Panels are basically blood tests which help us to complete a
thorough evaluation of your pet. Our physical examination tells us
a lot, but it doesn't indicate how the internal organs are
functioning. By completing blood tests we are able to check for
diabetes, thyroid disease, kidney disease, liver disease,
pancreatic and adrenal problems, infections, anemia and a host of
other conditions. Detected early, we may be able to reverse some of
these conditions or at least slow down how fast they progress.
We realize that not all pets have the same risk factors. Some
are strictly indoors, some spend time outside, some are boarded or
groomed frequently, others are not. Therefore, the vets at
Countryside will tailor a vaccination protocol which suits the
lifestyle of your pet. For those uncomfortable with vaccinations,
we offer titer checks: blood tests which can help assess a pet's
immune response to certain core vaccines.