Welcome To Your Other Family
Alternative Veterinary Hospital is a
medical and surgical veterinary hospital caring for dogs, cats,
ferrets, and rats. We provide general medicine, surgery,
boarding, prescription diets, and offer wellness as our focus for
companion animals. Dr. Trish Ballard prefers to treat her patients
with a marriage of nutritional therapies and pharmaceuticals and
place a great deal of emphasis on nutritional counseling.
We thank you for considering us
to care for the health of your
valued family members -- your
TCM - Traditional Chinese Medicine
Dr. Ballard has had extensive
education and experience in the use of Chinese herbs and prefers to
begin helping patients with chronic issues by conducting
a Traditional Chinese Medicine Consult. This consult is a 45 to 60
minute appointment and is necessary for a complete understanding of
the constitution of and issues experienced by the patient.
New clients with TCM appointments
must complete the TCM form and bring it with them to their
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Alternative Medicine For Your
Our focus is on wellness for companion animals.
We offer examinations, vaccinations, in-house diagnostic laboratory testing,
behavioral counseling, nutritional therapies (including vitamins, minerals,
herbs, Chinese herbs, prescription diets, radiology, and surgery. We also offer
titer tests in lieu of vaccinations for dogs for distemper and parvo for clients
that request them. This practice is not a specialty practice, but we are happy
to refer clients to board certified veterinarians in respective specialty fields
when the need arises. We provide orthopedic surgery on a limited basis by
Bruce Turner DVM.
progressive veterinary medicine in a
modern facility with state-of-the-art
medical equipment and treatment
options. We stress
preventative medicine to protect your pet
from potential health problems.
We also provide pain management options to
ensure that your pet will enjoy
the best possible quality of
life. Alternative Veterinary Hospital is dedicated to
helping your four-legged friends
maintain a long, healthy and
Now available is a
non-surgical approach to pain management similar to chiropractic called V.O.M. -
Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation. The cost for V.O.M. is $25.00 per treatment.
It only takes a few moments to perform. The treatment cannot hurt your pet in
any way and is performed in a matter of minutes. Giving an adjustment means
correcting a spine that is misaligned. Many large dogs are weak in the rear end
because the neck is actually out of alignment (Wobbler's syndrome).
Patients actually enjoy getting an adjustment and many feel better immediately.
Your Pet Fit
like their human counterparts, pets need a fitness regimen to keep
them on the path to good health. The first key in any pet fitness
regimen is you! The key is to build your exercise routine with your
pet into each week. Most experts feel that a thirty-minute routine,
four times a week is sufficient for a dog of normal health. Though
daily is even better if you have that much time to give. For a cat,
fifteen minutes, once a day is sufficient for a cat of normal
health. Though again, two fifteen minute sessions a day is optimal
for an indoor cat. If you suspect that your pet has any physical
limitations, you should consult Dr. Ballard before beginning any
Treat ALL Your Pets
Rats are becoming increasingly popular as pets. We treat rats for
upper respiratory infections, over grown teeth, remove tumors and
spay and neuter them. Please bring your rat's food with the cage for
Common diseases of rats that we routinely treat are upper respiratory
infections, tumors (benign & malignant), food allergies, skin disease, ear
infections and over grown teeth. We routinely perform surgery on rats,
including spaying and neutering, tumor removal and abscess lancing. Rats
do not require annual vaccinations. Please bring the normal diet or food with
your pet rat and it's cage and water bottle to your appointment.