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Thermal Imaging for Animals Now Available at Always Helpful Veterinary Services

Nov 02, 2015 12:43PM

Always Helpful Veterinary Services—an integrative, holistic medicine and therapy veterinary practice—has recently acquired a state-of-the-art thermography machine that offers high quality thermal imaging for animals. Thermal imaging is a non-invasive diagnostic tool that complements the veterinarian’s evaluation and helps confirm diagnoses and locations of pain and inflammation.

Veterinary thermal imaging can effectively identify problems in soft-tissue as well as bones, and is sensitive to changes in the skeletal, muscular, vascular and nervous systems. By mapping skin surface temperature in illustrative color images, thermography can demonstrate changes in an animal’s circulation or neurologic function from many causes, including inflammation, injury or scars. Very subtle changes in symmetry of use and function from pain, compensation, and even balance issues, can be found for appropriate treatment, and re-evaluated to track progress.

Judith M. Shoemaker, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and owner of Always Helpful, is an internationally known practitioner and educator in complementary veterinary medicine and therapy who has been in practice for more than 35 years. Using a broad-reaching integrative approach, she provides unique, personalized care to large and small animals through medicine, therapy and consultations.

Some of the integrative medicine modalities used at Always Helpful Veterinary Services include: acupuncture, chiropractic, applied kinesiology, massage and physical therapy, laser and electromagnetic therapy, pain management, behavior therapy, nutrition, Western and Chinese herbs, ozone therapy, homeopathy and homotoxicology, flower essence remedies, Reiki, equine performance dentistry and farriery, saddle and bit fitting. 

Location: 305 Nottingham Rd., Nottingham. For more information, call 717-529-0526 or visit

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