Shawnee Animal Hospital

Complementary Therapies

At Shawnee Animal Hospital, we combine traditional veterinary medicine with complementary therapies in order to give your pet the best treatment possible, whether they're suffering from chronic or acute pain. We offer laser therapy, chiropractic care, and shockwave therapy.

Laser Therapy

If your pet is a victim of chronic or acute pain, laser therapy could provide relief. Laser therapy uses deep-penetrating laser light to reduce pain and inflammation, and quickstart the animal’s natural healing abilities, without any invasive surgeries or medications.

Pets with arthritis, hip dysplasia, post-operative pain, pain associated with dental extractions, and more can benefit from laser therapy.

Depending on the individual patient protocol, each laser therapy session is only a few minutes long. We simply use our equipment to direct a beam of light onto the patient, and all they will experience is a warming sensation in the affected area. With just a few sessions, many clients report that their pet has tremendous improvement to both their pain and their mobility.

Chiropractic Care

Veterinary chiropractic care has been widely used on racing horses and greyhounds, and is rapidly becoming more popular as people realize the amazing benefits it can deliver for their pets. In recent years, people have begun to increasingly seek out veterinary benefits for their companion animals beyond just vaccinations or sick treatment. Alternative therapies such as veterinary chiropractic have become increasingly popular as people seek to further invest in their pet’s overall happiness, health, and wellbeing.

Veterinary chiropractic, similar to human chiropractic, is the practice of manually treating the spinal column and relating neuro-musculo-skeletal system. Veterinary chiropractors study the important “links” of the spine between the muscles, the joints, and the nerves. The spinal cord is a critically important area of the body because it links all of the nerves, muscles, and joints to the brain. If a vertebra is inflamed, misaligned, or immoveable, it cannot communicate to the nerves properly and the extending nervous system will be affected.

Experiences such as trauma, overuse, or underuse can cause issues to the vertebrae, and even well pets can benefit from being realigned. But, the most commons reason pet owner’s seek out chiropractic services are related to chronic pain and performance. Chiropractic can be extremely useful for increasing mobility and relieving pain because both elements are controlled by the nervous system. In addition, other reported benefits of chiropractic care include improved immune function, a healthy metabolism, and an increased rate of healing.

The process of veterinary chiropractic is non-surgical, non-invasive, and drug free. The goal is to help your pet's body restore and heal by attending to the natural correct alignment of the spine and joints.

Animal chiropractic can only be performed after the veterinarian/veterinary chiropractic has formally diagnosed a condition, examined the animal’s gait, symptoms, and posture, and done a preliminary exam.

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy, also referred to as ESWT (extracorporeal shockwave therapy), uses high-intensity sound waves to trigger the body’s healing mechanisms and alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and enable long-term healing. This is a relatively new form of treatment that originated in the 1990s, and is quickly becoming more popular because of its amazing capabilities.

Shockwave therapy is frequently used on horses, but can also be useful for household pets like dogs and cats. It can treat chronic back pain, osteoporosis, injuries to joints and ligaments, chronic soft tissue wounds, and more ailments of the musculoskeletal system.

The process is non-invasive because the tool is only emitting sound waves into the affected area. Sometimes shockwave therapy is used in conjunction with a surgery to promote recovery and, in these cases, it may be applied directly after the procedure while the animal is still anesthetized.

A typical shockwave therapy session is around ten minutes long. The animal typically receives a short-acting sedative to ensure that they are comfortable and avoid distress. For dogs or other furry animals, it may be necessary to shave the fur in the area that is being treated.

Often the benefits of shockwave therapy appear to be immediately effective, but because the shockwaves are triggering the animal’s natural healing response, it takes about 24 hours to have a full effect. For certain conditions, it is suggested that the patient will have a number of sessions over the course of several weeks.

After the session, we recommend that animals are closely monitored and not allowed to engage in strenuous activity. For example, race horses are not allowed to race for several days after receiving a shockwave therapy treatment. This is because the treatment masks pain, but the injury may not be fully healed yet. The animal may feel like they can run or strain the affected area, but this could cause a further injury.

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Located off of Oklahoma 3W on the corner of N Kickapoo St and W Independence St.

Phone: 405.275.0990


  • Monday: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Shawnee Animal Hospital is available for emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for both small and large animals.