Because your pet is family.
Our holistic wellness plans help your pets lead happy,
healthy, longer lives ... naturally.
We combine the proven methods of acupuncture, Chinese medicine and
other holistic tools with traditional vet care, for your pet's best life.
Meet Dr. Jo
Dr. Johnna L Smith grew up in Eaton, Ohio. She graduated from The Ohio State University with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science and earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at OSU. In 2012, she became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist through The Chi University in Florida. She followed up by earning her Advanced Certification in Chinese Herbal Medicine, her Advanced Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture, her Certification in Veterinary Food Therapy, and her Certification in TCVM Palliative and End-of-Life care.
Dr. Jo feels that the best medicine for our pets is true holistic care, which includes a combination of all available services. Her number one concern is her patients’ health and well-being. By using acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and food therapy she has been able to greatly increase the quality of life and often length of life of her patients.
Dr. Jo enjoys dogs and cats of all ages, but she has a special place in her heart for geriatric pets.
What does Acupuncture do?
Pain management is one of the most common uses for acupuncture, often in conjunction with a more traditional treatment plan. Strong medical treatments like chemo, which can cause discomfort, are often paired with acupuncture to help make a pet more comfortable and able to fight the illness.
Musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, or nerve injuries can respond to acupuncture. It is often employed during rehabilitation after an injury. Carefully monitoring a healing pet is important; without the feeling of pain, a dog can re-injure him or herself with over-activity
Skin problems like allergic dermatitis, granulomas, or hot spots may respond well to acupuncture treatment because increased circulation can improve healing, while pain reduction will reduce a dog’s overgrooming or itching responses.
Gastrointestinal problems like nausea and diarrhea can be aided by the increased blood flow from acupuncture. It may also help normalize digestive activity by stimulating digestive secretions.
Respiratory problems like asthma and allergies can benefit from the immune-calming, anti-inflammatory capabilities of acupuncture.
So, what does Laser Therapy do?
Decrease inflammation – activates lymphatic system to decrease swelling
Analgesic – affects nerve cells which block pain sensation to the brain
Speeds tissue repair and cell growth – penetrates into tissues to accelerate cell repair and growth,tendons and ligaments are repaired faster
Improved vascular activity – increases formation of new capillaries in damaged tissue, speeds healing, closes wounds faster and reduces scarring
Stimulates acupuncture points – provides non-invasive treatment to stimulate musculoskeletal pain relief
Improved nerve function – speeds up process of nerve cell reconnection and increases optimal muscle action
"Dr. Jo is the absolute best! When my 10 yo lab was diagnosed with kidney disease the vet I was going to told us there was nothing really we could do. So, we took Sadie to Dr. Jo where we did monthly acupunture and put her on a couple of different Chinese herbs. We were able to spend another year with Sadie. When we had to make the decision to euthanize her Dr. Jo made us feel so supported and made it such a peaceful experience."