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Alternative Pet Care Options: Veterinary Chiropractic & Laser Therapy

Veterinary Medical Associates offers a wide variety of services for companion animals, ranging from traditional to alternative and supportive therapies.

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Traditional Veterinary Services

Of course, we provide a wide variety of veterinary services through our internal medicine and veterinary surgery departments. In traditional medicine, our added services are numerous, from dermatology services such as allergy testing, to basic eye care and diagnostic tonometry for testing the fluid pressure inside the eye.

You can expect comprehensive care and services from our extraordinary and compassionate veterinary team.

Alternative Treatment Options

We offer non-surgical treatment for lameness, spinal disorders, and joint issues in pets; in addition, we provide alternatives in pain management and supportive treatments for healing. For these treatment options, we are excited to offer the services of Dr. J. A. Hernandez, D.C.

Dr. Hernandez is specifically trained in both Cold Laser Therapy and the gentle Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation and Spinal Neural-Integration Technique. He is a board-certified chiropractic doctor, who is board eligible in chiropractic orthopedics and chiropractic certified in spinal trauma.

Chiropractic Care for Pets: Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation

Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation, or VOM, is an advanced treatment for spine and joint conditions in animals. Negative forces placed on the spine can lead to mobility problems, muscle spasms, swelling, and inflammation in the joints and nerves. In many cases, these issues do not show on X-rays and take years to develop. With VOM, we identify and correct these spinal dysfunctions.

Some common conditions treated with VOM include:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Knee disease
  • IV disc disease
  • Unilateral nerve paralysis/paresis
  • Lick granulomas
  • Brachial plexus lesion
  • Canine wobbler’s disease
  • Recurrent ear and eye infections
  • Caudal cervical instability/down in front cat disease
  • Idiopathic feline vestibular disease

We may recommend a spinal evaluation for your pet if you see:

  • Reluctance or inability to play
  • Decreased level and ability to walk or run
  • Dragging or rubbing feet or nails while walking
  • Difficulty getting into the car or jumping up onto furniture
  • Obvious pain while handling

We have seen positive lifestyle changes in many VOM patients.


Laser, or Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation, is a beam of light in which high energies can be concentrated. Laser light has unique physical properties that produce pain reduction and healing. Laser therapy involves the application of this type of light to injuries and lesions, stimulating healing and reducing pain.

Laser therapy treats a variety of conditions including:

  • Acute and chronic pain
  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Ligament sprains
  • Muscle strain
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Tendonitis

Laser therapy is used to increase the speed, quality, and strength of tissue repair, resolve inflammation, and give pain relief in a noninvasive and drug-free modality.

Contact our hospital to discuss these special treatment options for your pet.