Complementary Medicine

Cayuga Veterinary Medicine offers a combination of eastern and western medicine called complementary medicine. Our hospital offers acupuncture, cold laser therapy, and other eastern medicine techniques combining the best of both worlds to provide excellent patient treatment and care.


Veterinary acupuncture involves the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to produce a healing response. There is clinical research that has demonstrated positive results in the treatment of pets’ conditions. Although acupuncture will not cure every ailment, it has proven effective when used as indicated for conditions such as:

  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Neurological disorders
  • Respiratory problems
  • Skin conditions.

Dr. Megan Tuero was been extensively educated in acupuncture and other eastern medicine techniques.  Acupuncture treatments are performed at our hospital, in a calm and relaxed setting. Dr. Tuero will assess your pet’s condition and prescribe an acupuncture regime specifically to your pet’s needs.

Cold Laser Therapy

Cold laser therapy is a cutting-edge technology that enables our veterinary team to provide a noninvasive treatment option for reducing pain and inflammation for your pet.  Our Class IV Companion Therapy Laser unit uses a beam of laser light to deeply penetrate tissue without damaging it. Laser energy induces a biological response in the cells, which increases cellular health and energy. This energy is only absorbed by unhealthy cells; they have no effect on normal, healthy cells. The therapeutic benefits include pain relief, reduction in inflammation, accelerated tissue repair, improved circulation, improved nerve function, reduced scar tissue formation, and accelerated wound healing.

Uses for Pet Laser Therapy

Laser therapy has been scientifically proven to be successful in treating postsurgical pain, in addition to many acute and chronic conditions, such as:

  • Wounds, cuts, and bites
  • Allergies
  • Infections
  • Inflammations
  • Periodontal disease and tooth extraction healing
  • Sprains, strains, fractures, and tendonitis
  • Arthritis, degenerative joint disease, hip dysplasia
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Lick granulomas
  • Geriatric care
  • Feline acne.

What to Expect at Your Pet’s Laser Therapy Appointment

The first step is a complete physical exam. We will customize a unique treatment protocol tailored to your pet’s condition. Laser therapy can be administered as a sole treatment or it can be used to enhance other treatment plans. Treatments will vary in time, complexity, and cost. We will thoroughly discuss the treatment recommendation with you before proceeding with the recommended regimen.

Laser therapy treatment is a very soothing experience. Your pet will feel gentle warmth along with massage-like sensation administered by the technician. In a small number of cases, pets may experience a little soreness after their treatment, similar to the effect you might experience following a deep tissue massage.

Please contact us or click here to schedule your complementary medicine evaluation. We are pleased to offer these unique options for your pet.