Our Philosophy

Our Philosophy

Welcome to Five Elements Veterinary Alternatives, offering alternative therapy options for dogs, cats and some exotics in the Greater Omaha area.

Our Mission – Integrative Medicine

Our mission is to provide the most comprehensive approach to improve the comfort and performance of your animal companion in a friendly, professional atmosphere. Using both modern technology and ancient healing arts, we aim to integrate alternative treatment plans with conventional veterinary medicine to achieve the most effective results. Our treatment strategies are based on the philosophy that the body contains the innate ability to heal itself. We simply help remove barriers to natural healing and help restore balance. Mainstream (Western) veterinary medicine is often focussed on treating a specific problem in one part of the body or a specific set of symptoms, which is sometimes at odds with the wellness of the whole animal. The goal of integrative medicine is to treat both the symptoms and the deeper underlying imbalance in the body with therapies that complement Western medicine, but are safe, have minimal to no side effects, and are often, seemingly miraculously effective. In Western medicine, we often wait until the animal is showing significant signs of disease before being able to diagnose or treat. Alternative medical exams and therapies can also be used to identify and treat imbalances in the body to prevent the disease process from progressing further and restore wellness.

A New Approach to Treatment

People are increasingly seeking out natural approaches to healing when conventional medicine does not yield the results they expect. The concepts of using alternative therapies such as acupuncture, chiropractic and cold laser therapy in veterinary medicine are relatively new to the Omaha Metro area. Our goal is to educate both clients and referring veterinarians in the region about the benefits and applications of alternative therapies and the potential power of integrative medicine. We also hope to dispel any misconceptions about what alternative therapies can and cannot do. We are well grounded in Western veterinary medical practice and seek to add a rational, professional approach to alternative therapies with proven results. Most importantly we would like to encourage a shift in the treatment process toward total body wellness, not just treating the symptoms. We consider both the physical and mental health of the animal as well, since there is a very powerful mind-body connection that is often ignored. By working with your referring veterinarian we can provide the best possible care for your animal and ensure the greatest chance of return to health. Mainstream (Western) veterinary medicine is often focussed on treating a specific problem in one part of the body or a specific set of symptoms, which is sometimes at odds with the wellness of the whole animal. In Western medicine, we often wait until the animal is showing significant signs of disease before being able to diagnose or treat. Alternative medical exams and therapies can also be used to identify and treat imbalances in the body to prevent the disease process from progressing further and restore wellness.

 

What Animals Can Benefit from Alternative Therapy?

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• Active family pets
• Competitive athletes
• Working or show animals
• Animals with acute or chronic lameness
• Animals with neurological disease (back or neck pain or paralysis)
• Post-operative animals
• Obese animals
• Chronically ill animals (multiple diseases, kidney failure, cancer)
• Geriatric animals

Types of Therapy

We use both very modern, cutting edge technologies and very ancient healing arts. We have found that the greatest treatment success is achieved when a variety of treatments are used in the appropriate combination for that animal. Click on a treatment below to explore:

 

We are proud members of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.