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Hollywood FL Area’s Top Vet on Alternative Drug Free Pain Treatment

Hollywood FL Area’s Top Vet Offers 3 Alternative Drug Free Pain Treatment Options

Vet treating dog with acupuncture

If you have a pet that suffers from arthritis, old age or joint sprains, you may want to consider three alternative therapies; pet massage, acupuncture and veterinary laser treatments. All three are drug free, pain free, non-invasive treatments meaning no harmful or debilitating side effects that are sometimes associated with traditional therapies. Each therapy is a unique approach to providing a similar result —a reduction of joint pain and discomfort resulting in a more active and pain free life for your pet. Here is a brief rundown on how they work:

Pain Relieving, Stress Reducing Pet Massage Therapy

As humans we generally think positively of a massage. A therapeutic massage addresses specific muscle groups that relieves strain and provides a sense of stress free wellbeing. A professional pet massage does the same thing for your four footed friend.

Pet massage can:

  • Increase circulation and the distribution of oxygen
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Releases endorphins

Animal massage has actually been practiced for over 4000 years to help work animals become more effective. Now you can use this ancient and proven system on your own pet.

Does Your Pet Deserve the Same Treatment as a Superstar Athlete?

When a pro football player has a back pain or a hip strain they can get immediate relief right in the clubhouse via laser therapy. Light energy has amazing rejuvenating qualities and has been used for decades on humans. Today, those same excellent light energy benefits are available for pets.

At DPC our trained veterinarians and technicians are equipped with the latest pet laser equipment. Your pet feels a mild warming that is applied to the affected area. This sense of warmth has often caused dogs to relax to the point that they fall asleep during the treatment. The results are amazing and long lasting depending on the underlying cause.

Eastern Medicine Finds Its Way to Western Veterinary Care

Used for centuries to treat both humans and animals, DPC is one of the few veterinarian clinics in the Hollywood/Fort Lauderdale area to offer pet acupuncture. It’s not for every ailment but for those that can be treated it is very effective. Acupuncture can often be used to resolve:

  • Chronic pain
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Respiratory problem

Talk to our professional staff to determine if acupuncture is appropriate for your pet. If holistic care is a concern of yours or if you simply want to provide your pet with pain free, drug free treatment call us today at (954) 989-9879 to discuss our alternative therapies.




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Ft Lauderdale Area’s Top Vet on 4 Ways Dogs Improve Your Well Being

Ft Lauderdale Area’s Top Vet Offers 4 Ways Dog Ownership Can Improve Your Well-Being


Many people think that owning a pet will do nothing but increase stress. The pet will need food, attention, care, and vet visits, which increase costs and make any outing more difficult. However, dog owners have actually been proven to live longer, happier, and healthier lives. Here are a few reasons you should consider taking a trip to your local animal shelter:

Exercise Requirement

All dogs, even the tiny ones, need regular exercise. This demand to either go out to a yard and play fetch or go out on a walk will keep you active and healthy by insisting that you get up and get out.

A daily walk with your dog may not be an hour at the gym but even just getting up to take a stroll in the mornings can make you feel noticeably better and may actually improve your sleep. You can always walk other people’s dogs as well.

Smiling, throwing a ball for your dog, and laughing when they make a silly face may not do your body the same good a walk will but is does do your mind good. Smiling can actually make you feel happier as can laughing and, with a dog, every day brings a smile or a laugh.

Social Opportunities

Social interaction is extremely important for your mental and emotional well-being as humans are social animals. It can be tough to find an excuse to go out alone, however when you have a dog, you never have to go out alone.

Each day your dog brings you outside for a walk or a jaunt to the dog park, they are offering you innumerable social opportunities. They bring you out into the public eye and provide a ready-made icebreaker. You can bond with other dog owners or strike up a love-struck stranger who has stopped to pet your dog. Dogs bring you out and draw people in.

Unconditional Love

Another hugely beneficial aspect of owning a dog is the unconditional love they provide. Dogs can alleviate depression simply by waiting to greet you when you get home. Coming home to an empty house can aggravate preexisting depression as can a lack of affection. Dogs, regardless of what kind of person you are. A dog can serve as a warm cuddle buddy to curl up and watch your favorite TV shows with, which can do wonders for your mental well-being.

Stress Reduction

Dog owners have been shown to have lower blood pressure and a decreased risk of heart disease. Simply owning a dog acts as a stress reducer. The combination of love, exercise, and humorous antics makes a dog a ready-made companion with the added benefits of limiting your stress and improving your mood.

Furthermore, the act of caring for another living thing can ramp up your desire to live healthier and be better. Tending to your dog’s needs and seeing them blossom under your care is a reward in itself, acting as a wonderful way to decrease symptoms of several mental illnesses.

If you needed another reason to go out and adopt a dog, consider that dog ownership can help you live a longer, happier life in a multitude of ways. A dog will force you to stay active; they will love you no matter what, and they will help you meet potential new friends simply by going to the park.

Though dogs can complicate your life and, of course, require money for their food and care, the benefits of becoming a pet owner far outweigh the negatives. Somewhere near you, a shelter dog is waiting to make your life better. Get up and head to your nearest animal shelter to find your new best friend.

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Benefits of Dog Massage Explained by Ft Lauderdale Canine Massage Therapist

The Benefits of Dog Massage Explained by Ft Lauderdale’s Top Canine Massage Therapist


You love a good massage and you can be sure your dog will as well. For many dog owners especially those with older pets surfing chronic pain canine massage is the ultimate in personalized care. If you are new to canine massage you should know that it is not a new therapy. There is evidence that dogs and other animals have been receiving massages from humans going back nearly 4,000 years. Undoubtedly those early massages were administered to enhance performance or as maintenance. We don’t rely on animals to assist us like we did long ago but that doesn’t mean that their bodies don’t still need our care to give them long, comfortable lives.

Dog massage is not just petting and rubbing but intentional stroking of specific muscle and tissue groups designed to make changes in their physiology and emotional state. An effective canine massage can improve your dog’s mood and demeanor, relieve stress and give relief to arthritic joints. You know how good you feel after a massage, your dog will feel the same way.

Benefits of a Fort Lauderdale Canine Massage

Not surprisingly, the benefits of dog massage are not unlike the benefits that humans experience from massage including:

  • Improved mobility, mood and demeanor
  • Improved circulation allowing oxygen and nutrients to reach muscles and tissues not regularly used by your pet.
  • Dog massage boosts endorphin release (natural pain killers released by the brain). Pets with arthritis pain, sprains or simply old age will benefit from this drug free treatment that has no negative side effects.
  • A canine massage will stimulate the lymphatic system increasing filtration and removal of cellular waste products. Further, it will enhance the transportation of nutrients and immune system components to the muscles.

Using a combination of compression and direct pressure a professional dog massage therapist can provide significant relief for dog’s suffering from Lyme’s disease, hip dysplasia and other conditions that hinder the pet’s mobility. However, canine massage does not take the place of professional pet care. It is a drug free therapy but it has its limitations.

If you have questions regarding dog massages in Fort Lauderdale or think your pet can benefit from our expert dog massage therapist at DPC Veterinary Hospital, give us a call now. Your four-legged buddy will be glad you did.


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Ft. Lauderdale Vet Answers FAQs on Dog Cat Cancer Screenings

Ft. Lauderdale Area’s Top Vet Answers 5 FAQs Dog and Cat Cancer Screenings

How important is dog cancer screening? Cancer in dogs, just like in humans, is an insidious disease but it metastasizes much faster in dogs and cats than in humans. Catching it early is important to successful treatment. While cats can also develop cancer, the disease is much more common in dogs and that’s what we will focus on here.

Q: What are common symptoms of cancer in dogs?

A: The symptoms of cancer in dogs are also symptoms for other diseases and conditions and that’s why it’s important to screen your pet for cancer. Symptoms include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Blood or discharge from any opening
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Abnormal swellings
  • An offensive odor
  • Vomiting
  • Lumps or swelling
  • Diarrhea

Q: What kind of screening for cancer is available for dogs?

A: The CBC and General Health Panel that we do ensures that the patient is systemically healthy and that there are no “warning signs” of trouble regarding things such as organ function or electrolyte status.

A very high white blood cell count could indicate a pet has leukemia or an elevated blood calcium level could result from several different types of cancers,  other than that lab work alone will not accurately inform us whether or not a pet has cancer.

The screening along with X-Rays and Ultrasound would give you the best odds of detecting cancer.

Just like humans early detection of cancer or cancer risk in dogs and cats is important. At DPL Veterinary clinic we have a complete lab onsite for fast testing. May is cancer awareness month for pets and we encourage you to call us today and set up a cancer screen for your pet.

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Anesthesia Free Pet Dental Cleaning Hollywood FL Vet Explains

What is an Anesthesia Free Pet Dental Cleaning? Hollywood FL Vet Explains

Does your dog or cat need a pet teeth cleaning. Your pet’s dental health is just as important to their overall health as good dental health is for humans and just like humans selecting a dentist, you want to ensure that the Hollywood, FL vet that performs the cleaning is trained and experienced in dental care.

Too often owners put off pet teeth cleaning because it is not an inexpensive procedure and traditionally requires anesthesia, an aspect of teeth cleaning that may put some pets at risk. However, there is an alternative approach to teeth cleaning called non-anesthetic teeth cleaning that some pets may be candidates for that requires no anesthetic and is significantly less expensive.

Don’t Neglect Your Pet’s Dental Health

If your pet’s teeth are brown or yellow they have a buildup of tartar and plaque, two substances that can contribute to serious gum disease. If gum disease is left untreated it can result in the loss of teeth, but just like humans, it can allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream and damage other organs in the body or even cause a complete shutdown of an organ.

If you opt for non-anesthetic teeth cleaning your pet will be evaluated for the risk of existing gum disease. If the risk is minimal your pet will become a candidate for the non-anesthetic technique.

What Does Non-Anesthetic Teeth Cleaning Involve?

Cleaning your cat or dog’s teeth using this technique requires a vet or technician that is specifically trained in the process. Because your pet is not being put under, it has to be carefully and gently restrained to allow the technician access to the back teeth. It’s much like you opening your mouth at the dentist but of course your pet doesn’t know what’s going on.

The pet dentist then uses a scaling device that resembles the same tool a dentist uses on a patient to scrape the tarter and plaque off each tooth down to the gum line. This results in white teeth and ending any bad doggie/cat breath that may have been caused by the buildup.

If you think your pet might be a candidate for non-anesthetic teeth cleaning then it’s important to know that we have a non-anesthetic dental day scheduled for April 29, 2016 where we are offering the service for $189.00. Call today for details and/or an appointment.


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Pet laser therapy : Hollywood : Q&A

If you are a Hollywood pet owner and you are considering pet laser therapy for the first time, you probably have a few questions regarding the treatment. We have put together a Q&A to help you better understand this amazing therapy.

Is pet laser therapy new?

Pet laser therapy is relatively new with only about 600 veterinary clinics and hospitals across the country with laser devices. Laser therapy for humans is several decades old. The healing and rejuvenation associated with lasers has been sought out by professional athletes for years. However it wasn’t until recent advances in technology that the therapy became practical and affordable for veterinary use.

What conditions can be treated with pet laser therapy?

Because of the laser’s ability to reduce inflammation and encourage new, health cell growth it can be used to treat a wide array of veterinary health issues. Best known for arthritis treatments, the laser can also be used for wounds, fractures, urinary tract infections, ear infections, dermatology issues, joint pain and many other conditions.

How does it work?

A laser is light energy. The laser used in pet therapy sends a measured dose of light energy into deep tissue where it is absorbed by the damaged cells. The energy causes a chemical reaction that produces ATP the fuel required for new cell growth. The treatment also causes a release of endorphins that causes the pet to relax. The secret to the success of laser treatment is the production of ATP which encourages cells to selfheal and replicate.

How is the pet laser therapy applied?

The beauty of laser therapy is its simplicity. The veterinarian simply passes a flashlight sized handpiece to administer the laser over the affected area. Your pet feels a soothing warmth and pain is relieved almost immediately.

Are there any side effects?

There are no known side effects to laser pet therapy. This is one of the major advantages of laser therapy over drug therapies                            

If you have any questions about laser therapy for your pet we encourage you to call us. Read more:

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Pet laser therapy : Fort Lauderdale : Senior Pets

Pet Laser Therapy for Senior Pets

Pet owners in Fort Lauderdale can now help their senior pets put a little bounce back in their step thanks to pet laser therapy available from DPC Veterinary Clinic in Davie.

If you are not familiar with laser therapy as a veterinary treatment it may surprise you that your pet can now receive the same treatment that professional athletes received for strained knees, elbows, shoulders and backs. Laser therapy has been used for decades because of its restorative qualities but it has only recently been adapted for veterinary use.

How the Pet Laser Works

The laser sends “packets of light energy” into deep tissue at the cellular level without damaging the cells. The light energy is absorbed by the cells and causes

a chemical change resulting in the production of ATP, a substance that fuels the rejuvenation and repair of cells. The more ATP produced, the more healthier cells and the more healthier cells the more healthier the pet becomes.

The actual treatment involves a vet setting the laser for the condition being treated and then taking a flashlight sized applicator and moving it over the affected area. The pet feels soothing warmth and relaxes much like you would during a massage.

Sessions vary in length but are typically short and the results are immediate. Your dog or cat will be friskier than before and if there was any pain in the joints it will be gone.

To learn if pet laser therapy can help your senior pet give us a call and make an appointment for an evaluation. Read More: