Integrative Services

The holistic approach is concerned with treating the patient as a whole rather than treating only signs and symptoms. Natural therapies have the ability to allow the body to self-regulate and progress toward healing.

We also offer mainstream diagnostic methods such as surgery, hematology, biochemical analysis, and radiography; all within the context of the holistic philosophy.

Your pet will require a physical exam and assessment with one of our veterinarians prior to receiving any form of therapy or medication.

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General Services

Preventive medicine is the key to lifelong health in our pets. Health issues that arise are more easily managed when discovered early.

Our veterinarians recommend your pets come in for an annual wellness check-up once yearly. During these appointments, the veterinarian will perform a thorough physical examination. It is also beneficial to do an analysis of blood, urine, and/or stool for a more comprehensive picture of your pet’s health. Finally, the veterinarian will take this time to discuss any issues that you may be concerned about.
East York Animal Clinic offers a wide range of diagnostic tools right in our clinic to help us assess the health of our patients. During a visit, your veterinarian may recommend various tests to obtain an accurate and whole picture of what issues may be going on.

Blood tests: Our clinic houses an IDEXX VetLab Station which enables us to run a number of tests regarding organ functions and hematology. Within a matter of minutes, the veterinarian can obtain information about a pet’s serum biochemistries and electrolyte levels, as well as blood cell counts.

Urinalysis: Physical, chemical, and microscopic examinations of a fresh urine sample (ideally, the first urine of the day) are used to measure the various compounds and cellular materials that are excreted in urine.
East York Animal Clinic features a convenient integrative pharmacy where our clients are able to pick up their recommended therapies at the time of their appointments.

Our clinic pharmacy features:
  • Conventional pharmaceuticals
  • Nutraceuticals
  • Herbal remedies
  • Homeopathics

East York Animal Clinic is fully equipped to provide x-ray imaging for your pet while you wait if needed during your appointment.

Chest and abdominal ultrasounds as well as endoscopic services can also be arranged on-site with a sonographer or endoscopy specialist if your pet requires further diagnostics.
We use state of the art monitors by Cardell and LifeSense during surgery and continuously monitor oxygen and isoflurane gas levels, heart rate, SpO2, CO2, respiratory rate, and blood pressure.

Some of the surgical services we offer include:
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Orchidectomy (neutering)
  • Ovariohysterectomy (spaying)
  • Eye surgery
  • Soft tissue surgery, such as cystotomy, splenectomy, urethrostomy
  • Tumour and foreign body removals

Laparoscopic procedures can also be arranged on-site.

Dental disease is a leading cause of systematic health issues in pets. While oral health is often overlooked, plaque and tartar build up can cause issues with the eyes, kidneys, or heart, and is also painful for pets.

Our doctors will do a thorough oral health assessment to determine the extent of dental disease, and determine if a dental cleaning is recommended.

During a dentistry, your pet’s teeth will be scaled and polished, and any decayed or loose teeth removed.
Occasionally, patients may require additional in-clinic care in the form of intravenous fluids, medications, surgery, or restriction of movement for recovery.

East York Animal Clinic has a hospitalization ward complete with comfortable kennels, warm bedding, and technicians to monitor the pets during their stay.

Alternative Services

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical practice using thin filiform needles inserted in specific points along the body’s meridians (through which energy flows) to treat a broad range of illness and pain.

Through point stimulation, these specific points along the body’s meridians (corresponding with vascular and neurological anatomy) release neurotransmitters, histamines and endorphins resulting in a sequence of metabolic events at the cellular level. Some observable results from using acupuncture include (but are not limited to) increased bowel motility, pain relief and improved vascular supply.
Dr. Edward Bach, a British physician, bacteriologist, homeopath and researcher, developed Bach flower remedies to restore emotional balance in his patients. He recognized that 38 negative states such as jealousy, fear, worry, hopelessness and lack of confidence induce imbalance and disharmony. Using the flowers from plants and trees to prepare essences, in diluted form, he was able to alleviate emotional imbalance.

Our pets have feelings and experience a multitude of emotions, both positive and negative. This can lead to stress from changes to the environment including: a new home, loud noises, or fear of travel, etc.

This stress often manifests as abnormal behaviour such as hiding, vocalization, house soiling, excessive grooming, etc.
Bioresonance is energetic testing that works with a patient’s biofield. This form of testing requires a DNA sample from your pet which can be obtained from hair, saliva and/or blood. Bioresonance testing analyzes the energy field derived from your pet’s DNA. Bioresonance interprets the energy field portrayed by the DNA in order to derive a personalized energetic remedy for your pet that can be taken home.

Alternatively, the energetic remedies can be placed into a radio-frequency medallion (bioresonance treatment medallion) that can be worn on your pet’s collar or kept in the location where your pet sleeps. The energetic information stored in the medallion is effective for up to 3 months.
In colour therapy, we are treating our patients with frequency to rebalance the chakras. Colour is light of varying wavelengths; accordingly, each colour has a frequency (a particular wavelength and energy associated with that colour). The body has seven main chakras resonating energy that correspond with the seven colour spectrums. As the energy centres of the body, all seven chakras need to be balanced for optimal health and wellbeing. Colour therapy applies the appropriate colour to the body to stimulate and/or rebalance this energy.
Cytokines are small proteins released by the body’s cells that are important in cell signalling. They aid in communication between cells and stimulate or downregulate cell behaviour towards inflammation, infection, and trauma.

Various cytokines include interleukins, interferons, and growth factors. Our veterinarians may also recommend customized combinations of cytokines to target specific pathologies.
Dark field microscopy allows us to better observe specimens whose refractive indices are similar to their surroundings. The objects appear bright on an otherwise dark background. This is especially useful when viewing live, unstained samples.

Differential Isopathic Assessment in Darkfield (DIAD) works by provoking different types of symbiogenic processes in multiple samples of live blood. By observing and classifying change, we can empirically create a clinical strategy based on the observations and by application of the matching therapeutic response.
We use hair tissue analysis to measure the mineral content of your pet’s hair in order to provide us with a mineral blueprint of your pet’s biochemistry. This non-invasive tissue mineral biopsy provides us with information about your pet’s potential for heavy metal or calcium/magnesium/phosphorous mineral imbalances.

Hair tissue analysis uses the same technology that detects minerals in soil and rock samples. Depending on the rate of hair growth, a hair sample can reveal information about the mineral activity from the past 3 to 4 months.
The healing powers of herbs balance the emotional, mental and physical dimensions of animals. We incorporate a broad range of worldwide herbal medicine in our treatments including North American, Ayurvedic from India, Chinese herbs, and Gemmotherapy.
In its simplest form, homeopathy is based on the principle of choosing a remedy based on the Law of Similars or “like symptoms cure like symptoms.”

In our clinic, we use a number of different remedies in a wide range of dilutions. The lowest dilutions have the gentlest effects and contain some of the actual remedy in a diluted form. The higher dilutions do not have any physical substance but retain the energetic frequency of the remedy. These dilutions work very deeply and have a very strong healing effect.

Remedies can be of plant, animal and/or mineral origin. We may recommend a single remedy, complex, or a drainage remedy to stimulate removal of toxins from the organs of elimination.
East York Animal Clinic uses isopathic Sanum remedies. They contain actual bacterial components, but they are considered non-pathological as they cannot produce disease. Instead, their presence can stimulate the body’s immune system.

For instance, if we know, by culture, that a pet has a salmonella intestinal infection, antibiotics may be used and the Sanum product containing a salmonella component in a homeopathic form can stimulate an even stronger healing response.
East York Animal Clinic is the only practice in Canada offering I-Therm: a revolutionary system for hyperthermal therapy. The non-invasive system safely heats tissue and promotes healing with depths of penetration not observed with any other treatment modality.

Clinical trials have provided remarkable evidence as to the effectiveness of I-Therm hyperthermia treatment for many conditions including:
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Joint pain and inflammation
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Neuropathy
  • Degenerative myelopathy
  • Internal organ disease
  • Cancer

At our clinic, we use low level laser therapy, also known as LLLT, to treat a variety of conditions in our patients. Some applications of LLLT include reducing inflammation and pain in a number of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions, healing superficial skin infections and dental disease (eliminating bacteria that reside deeply in the periodontal pockets).

Our clinic offers a wide variety of LLLT:
  • Ultraviolet
  • Erchonia
  • Dental
  • RJ Physiolaser
  • Photonic
Massage is a non-invasive, holistic approach to help heal your animal. Using gentle strokes and various massage techniques, massage can provide a wide range of benefits including:
  • Increased circulation
  • Larger range of motion
  • Increased toxin excretion
  • Improved skin and coat through oil distribution
  • Heightened mental focus
  • Release of endorphins (excellent for chronic pain)
  • Combating muscle atrophy
  • Improved immune system
  • Acclimatizes the animal to being handled
  • Relaxes gastrointestinal muscles for GI support
  • Pre-operative preparation and post-operative recovery
East York Animal offers Nutriscian® Food Sensitivity & Intolerance testing by Dr. Jean Dodds. This patented diagnostic test, based on saliva, measures immunoglobulins A and M, and can reveal latent or pre-clinical sensitivities to 24 common allergens:
  • Beef, lamb, venison, chicken, turkey, white fish, pork, duck, salmon, rabbit, egg
  • Corn, wheat, barley, millet, oatmeal, rice, quinoa, potato, peanut, lentil, sweet potato, soy, milk

East York Animal Clinic offers medical grade ozone therapy in clinic. Dr. Cindy Kneebone is a certified Ozone Therapist and member of The American Academy of Ozonotherapy. Some procedures are treated on an out-patient basis while others may be more involved and require hospitalization.

We currently offer ozone therapy with the following procedures:
  • Major and minor autohemotherapy
  • Rectal insufflation
  • Ear and skin washes
Polysans are colloids (very small proteins that do not dissolve in liquid) extracted from the serum of animals inoculated with specific pathogenic germs or the toxins of these germs.

During testing, we combine a sample of your pet’s blood with various polysan antigens and observe for agglutination (clumping) of the blood cells. The presence of agglutination indicates which therapies would be beneficial.

Polysan therapy enables your pet’s immune system to eliminate residual infection (bacteria) in the body. Appropriate polysan remedies re-stimulate the immune system by re-tagging bacteria. Antigens are placed back on the bacterial wall so that the immune system can recognize them and mount an immune response.
The Spot Serum test diagnoses both food and environmental allergies via a blood test.

For food allergies, we will provide you with a list of commercially available diets that are free from ingredients to which your pet tested positive.

Environmental allergies can be addressed using hyposensitization serums. Customized injections of increasing concentrations of the allergens help your pet build up a tolerance to the offending allergies so he/she can live more comfortably in its environment.
Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) encompasses and utilizes herbal therapies, food therapies and specific massage techniques -in conjunction with veterinary acupuncture- to restore and maintain optimum health.

Traditionally, veterinary acupuncturists have used and continue to use needles to treat their patients. In addition to offering (traditional) veterinary acupuncture, we’re excited to offer additional treatment options as some patients respond well to having liquid homeopathies or vitamins injected into acupuncture points. We also use laser or fiber-optic colour on acupuncture points.
The subluxation syndrome is a reflex pain arc that does not go to the brain; rather, it holds pain locally within the spine segment. In addition to pain, this neurological miscommunication can also cause paralysis or loss of function. Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (VOM) re-establishes neuronal communication in the nervous system by finding and reducing these subluxations.

VOM is similar to chiropractic adjustments except that it does not rely on chiropractic listings. VOM treats the entire spine every time and thus rebalances the spine and not just the listings. VOM's signal knocks out the reflex pain arc, releases endorphins and increases the blood flow to the tissues.