Alternative Care

Alternative Care

Reduced playful activity, loss of appetite, and touch sensitivity can be signs your family dog or cat is experiencing pain. Boston Veterinary Clinic recommends in a multi-modal approach to pain management, including therapies that are non-invasive, require no pharmaceuticals and have no side effects.

I was extremely impressed with the staff. Dr. Beth in particular was/is absolutely wonderful in handling anxious dog. It was obvious how much she genuinely cared about him. I have never met a more caring vet.

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Acupuncture is used to help the body heal itself by correcting energy imbalances in the body. It can stimulate the body’s nervous system to release naturally occurring pain relieving and anti-inflammatory substances and improves blood flow. Pets with diabetes, kidney or liver failure, pancreatitis, Cushing’s disease and Addison’s disease have experienced a decrease in nausea and increase in appetite after acupuncture sessions. So, even if acupuncture cannot cure a condition, they may make it more tolerable. Acupuncture has no systemic side effects, so it is particularly helpful for pets in poor health.

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy is the same treatment protocol that major sports teams use to promote muscle and joint recovery. By introducing heat using high-intensity light, laser therapy reduces inflammation and increases blood flow to speed recovery. This therapy is used in most of our surgeries and dental procedures to speed healing. It is especially effective for back pain, hip pain, arthritis, muscle cramps, ear infections, and hot spots. Treatments are entirely pain-free and can be performed on one or multiple sites during a session. In fact, most of our patients love the gentle warming effect that laser therapy has and look forward to their treatment. And they look futuristic in their doggles or coggles!


Fear Free Certification provides our professionals and pet lovers with the knowledge and tools to not only look after a pet’s physical wellbeing but her emotional wellbeing, as well. AAHA-accredited hospitals are Champions for Excellent Care. They hold themselves to a higher standard (up to 900 higher standards, in fact). Pets are their passion, and keeping them healthy is their number-one priority.