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Acupuncture & Integrative Pain Management

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Oradell Animal Hospital offers physical rehabilitation services to our patients, as well as to referral patients from other veterinarians.

We offer various methods of therapy beneficial to patients recovering from orthopedic and neurological surgeries involving bones and joints, the spine, and soft tissues such as tendons, ligaments, and muscles. Dogs with hip dysplasia, other arthritic conditions, and musculoskeletal injuries are also prime candidates for rehabilitation, in addition to patients suffering with degenerative neurological diseases.

Physical rehabilitation helps restore function more quickly and efficiently, and with substantially decreased pain during the recovery process.

Types of therapy include:

  • Underwater treadmill
  • Therapeutic Ultrasound
  • Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation
  • Therapeutic Exercise Aids
  • Acupuncture

Indications for physical rehabilitation include:

  • Post-surgical recovery
  • Musculoskeletal injury
  • Chronic arthritis
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Neuromuscular conditions
  • Poor mobility
  • Conditioning
  • Obesity

Benefits include:

  • Decreased pain
  • Increased mobility and flexibility
  • Quicker recovery and healing time
  • Non-invasive treatments


Cyrus is a 12 year old black Labradore Retriever who came in to the hospital with chronic neck pain. After 4 acupuncture treatments he was able to resume normal activity level including longer walks with his owner.

Veterinary acupuncture is an ancient technique of placing needles into special points, called acupoints, in order to affect the flow of qi (pronounced “chee”).  Traditional Chinese Medicine describes qi as energy in the body.  Qi flows along channels, or meridians, similarly to how a car moves along a winding highway.  By western definition, the patient benefits from needle placement along these meridians through stimulation of certain local biochemical substances that can control pain and inflammation, improve circulation, and stimulate the immune system.  Acupuncture is used in a variety of ways, but the most common way is to improve pain control in patients suffering from degenerative joint disease, such as arthritis.  The technique can also be used to improve strength, comfort, and neurologic function with intervertebral disc disease, control of nausea or vomiting associated with cancer or illness, stimulation of appetite, increased level of energy or awareness, management of behavioral conditions, and control of other symptoms such as incontinence or weakness.  Dr. Heather Troyer, our certified acupuncturist is now offering acupuncture services and Traditional Chinese Medical consultations at our hospital.

Her goal is to improve the quality of life in pets through integration of both conventional and holistic medical options.

If you would like a consultation or appointment, please call

Our dog Shadow has been a patient at Oradell Animal Hospital Veterinary Group of Hasbrouck Heights and the Oradell Animal Hospital, Paramus since he was a puppy.  Shadow is now 12 years old.  He is a wonderful, caring dog, the best of the best. Shadow is a Golden Retriever, who developed arthritis at age 7.  It started to affect him badly at age 10.  Shadow was very fortunate because his brother, a yellow lab named Mickey, was one of the first dogs to be treated at the Oradell Animal Hospital physical rehabilitation facility. The water treadmill was an instant hit!  Mickey, who is no longer with us, had severe problems with his legs.  There is no doubt in our minds that Mickey lived much longer and much more comfortably because of  Oradell Animal Hospital’s program.

  The staff in the physical rehabilitation department show love and attention to Shadow as if he were their own!  He rushes into their arms when he sees them.  He then happily walks to the “pool” with them.   This  team is the best! They are considered part of our family.

We highly recommend this therapy for any dog who is a candidate.  We swear by it.  Shadow has less pain due to his therapy and a much higher quality of life than he would have had without it!!

Michele Meli, Shadow’s owner

Doctors in Physical Rehabilitation / Acupuncture

[doctor name=”Heather Troyer”]
[doctor name=”June Hacker-Traiger”]