Alternative Medicine for Pets in Port Townsend, WA

Pet Townsend Veterinary Clinic offers


medicine approaches for dogs and cats in Port Townsend, WA. Alongside conventional treatments, we believe in the benefits of alternative therapies such as laser therapy and acupuncture, to better serve our patients. These alternative medicine techniques have shown remarkable results in managing various conditions, improving mobility, and enhancing the overall well-being of pets. Please call our animal hospital to schedule a consultation to discuss the impact it can have on your pet's overall health and wellness.

or give us a call at (360) 379-1133.


Photobiomodulation with laser therapy occurs when a dose of light energy reaches deep into the target tissue — resulting in decreased inflammation, decreased pain, and accelerated healing for our patients. This painless, safe and effective therapy is a veterinarian-prescribed, technician-driven modality that effectively treats a wide variety of conditions of pain — including pre-surgical, post-surgical, acute, and chronic pain and/or inflammation states. 

At Pet Townsend Veterinary Clinic, laser treatments are performed by a skilled member of our laser-certified veterinary nursing team, to ensure the best treatment success while ensuring safety for everyone involved. Laser therapy has been practiced for more than 30 years, during which time it has been used to treat chronic pain, trauma, arthritis, and metabolic disease. At our hospitals, we ensure that all safety protocols are always used in order to deliver maximum results in a minimal amount of time. Our clients and doctors all seem to agree the results of laser treatments have been overwhelmingly impressive when it comes to decreasing pain, decreasing inflammation, and speeding up tissue healing.


Acupuncture is a 3,000-year-old Chinese practice utilizing hair-thin needles to stimulate the body’s nerve centers, improving blood circulation and releasing pain-relieving hormones. This gentle process relaxes muscle tissue and oxygenates the surrounding area, allowing the body to heal more rapidly. Acupuncture is one of the safest veterinary treatments available, and Pet Townsend Veterinary Clinic offers this service through our doctors who are professionally licensed and exceptionally skilled at the practice. 

  • Neurologic and soft tissue pain
  • Arthritis
  • Musculoskeletal systemic problems
  • Hind limb weakness
  • Spinal cord disorders
  • Intervertebral disc disease and back pain
  • Cancer pain

Acupuncture requires no pharmaceutical assistance, removing the possibility of overdose and adverse reaction, and can be used in conjunction with most other traditional and alternative treatments. Most patients tolerate acupuncture needles quite well, and can easily be distracted by love and/or treats (please bring some of their normal food or treats if they are sensitive to other foods).

Not sure if acupuncture is right for your pet? No problem. We require a comprehensive physical, medical, and Chinese Medical assessment/examination prior to your pet’s first acupuncture treatment, so we generally formulate a treatment plan together during this initial acupuncture exam. Acupuncture treatments can be a bit more nuanced, and often takes into consideration a great many factors — including a patient’s emotional and behavioral history, their home environment and lifestyle, their diet, etc. 

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