During the initial 1 hour intake appointment we will partner together to determine the best pathway towards healing or prevention. Some of the modalities we offer are:


Acupuncture is the placement of needles into acupuncture points on the surface of the body. This form of medicine has been used by the Chinese for over 3000 years in the treatment of diseases ranging from musculoskeletal problems to internal medical conditions. It can be used to treat pre-existing ailments or can be used to prevent disease. There are a number of techniques, including dry needles, electro acupuncture, hypodermic needles, aquapuncture and gold bead therapy. Treatments are typically non-painful and very peaceful. The initial consultation is one hour and repeat treatments are thirty minutes. The number of treatments and length between treatments varies depending on the severity of the disease, the age of the patient and how long the disease has been present. It is a very safe modality when done by a veterinarian with training in acupuncture. It may be combined with other forms of holistic or conventional medicine. Some of the diseases we treat at Alternatives For Animals are arthritis, allergies, paralysis, cancer, diarrhea, vomiting, asthma, behavioral disorders, kidney disease, liver disease, endocrine disorders and many others. Acupuncture appointments can be made by calling the office and making an intake appointment with Dr. Rettig.

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Anesthesia Free-Pet Dental Cleanings

There’s an alternative to putting your pet under anesthetic for their annual dental cleaning. At Alternatives for Animals, we take a holistic approach to veterinary care. The first question asked by pet parents is whether the procedure is safe. Anesthesia-free pet dental cleanings are a less traumatic way to leave your furry friend with healthy, brighter teeth. During this procedure, we clean your pet’s teeth without sedatives, medication, or anesthesia.

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Annual Testing

  • Allergen sensitivity i.e. Environment, food
  • B12
  • Microbiome
  •  Vitamin D

Bioresonance Therapy

Bioresonance Therapy is the use of a bicom machine to help the body achieve healing. The machine can diagnose and treat ailments that are caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, heavy metal toxicities, chemical burdens and parasites. As many of these are in the tissue and not in the blood it is difficult to detect them via bloodwork, fecal samples, urine samples and in some cases even via biopsy. As every pathogen, chemical and heavy metal have their own energetic “fingerprint,” we can identify them via their frequency pattern with the bicom. Once identified they can be removed from the body by sending the body the inverted sign wave of its particular energetic pattern and provide complete healing. For appointments contact the office and ask for an appointment with Dr. Rettig.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine is typically used as an adjunct to acupuncture. As with acupuncture, we assess the patient based on tongue and pulse diagnosis, acupuncture point activity and clinical signs. Once an imbalance has been determined, the Chinese Herbs are scripted out to bring the animal back into balance and provide healing. Chinese Herbs can be used as an adjunct or replacement for medications and are used to treat a variety of conditions including allergies, arthritis, kidney disease, thyroid disease, paralysis, seizures, inflammatory bowel disease, behavioral disorders and many others. They can also be used as a form of preventative medicine as changes in tongue and pulse will precede clinical disease. So by treating the imbalance with acupuncture and herbs, we can prevent disease. Alternatives For Animals has a full pharmacy of Chinese Herbs, both as powders, teapills, tinctures and salves. If you are interested in having your animal assessed for Chinese Herbal Therapy, please call the office and make an appointment with Dr. Rettig.


Chiropractic is a drugless form of therapy based on manual manipulation of the spine, extremities and skull bone junctions called cranial sutures. In vertebrates which includes dogs, cats and horses, the brain communicates with almost every cell in the body either directly or indirectly through the nervous system. The goal of chiropractic health care is to re-establish normal biomechanics and movement in the spine thereby freeing the nervous system to restore and maintain the body’s health. It can be helpful for issues ranging from neck, back, leg and tail pain to muscle spasms, limping, pre and post surgical care, sports injuries, disc prolapse, paralysis and arthritis. Chiropractic can also help with internal medicine conditions such as urinary incontinence, constipation, seizures and behavioral disorders related to pain. If you are interested in a chiropractic appointment and you are an existing client, please call the office and ask to make a Chiropractic appointment with Dr. Rainwaters. If you are not an existing client you must first make an appointment with Dr. Rettig for evaluation and then an appointment with Dr. Rainwaters. We can set up the appointments consecutively.

Massage & Acupressure

Massage encourages a deep sense of relaxation and trust by reducing emotional tension and stress by using strokes and light palpation. The intention of these skills is to stimulate the circulation of blood and Qi flow within the body to provide the tissues with the blood, nutrients and oxygen they need to function. Massage and Acupressure promote muscle tone, function and joint mobility by relaxing muscles, easing muscle tension and breaking down muscle adhesions. This may assist in reducing the effects of postural imbalances and abnormal gaits.

Nutrition Response Testing

NRT is a non-invasive system of analyzing the body in order to determine the underlying causes of ill health. When these are corrected through safe, natural, nutritional means, the body can repair itself in order to attain and maintain more optimum health.

Ozone Therapy

Ozone Therapy is a therapy that has been used for over 100 years to help prevent infection in wounds, and promote the creation of proteins and red blood cells within the body.

Wellness/Preventative Exams for Puppies/Kittens and Animals of All Ages

The key to wellness is prevention rather than reactive medicine. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Limited vaccines and vaccine titering
  • Dosing vaccines based on weight
  • Species appropriate diet based on traditional Chinese Medicine principles
  • Regular detoxification and nutritional supplement plan.
  • Only use drugs when absolutely necessary
  • Recognizing energetic imbalances before they become physical issues

Western Herbal Medicine

Western Herbal Medicine involves using plants and plant material to create medicines to help prevent or treat various diseases. Different parts of the plant such as the seeds, stem, flower, leaves, and bark are used depending on the plant and the illness being treated. Animals have intuitively grazed certain plants for their natural antibiotic, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory properties for centuries. Likewise, our ancestors utilized plants in their healing protocols. As more drugs became available there was a shift away from using medicinal plants however in recent years people are returning to plants for healing due to the side effects of many drugs and innate healing properties plants have to offer.