Welcome to Plano Animal Clinic! Dr. Alan Ward owner & practicing veterinarian
VOM/Cold LASER Spinal Adjustments Natural Healing without Surgery or Drugs.
Many of our therapies are alternative in nature but not exclusively.
Adopting pets from humane societies and animal shelters saves lives.
Can a virus be cured? Dr. Ward's opinion is “Yes” A virus can be stopped.

Dr. Ward and his staff, welcome you to Plano Animal Clinic

We invite you to visit us in person. Our general services include both wellness and sick patient visits, vaccinations, soft-tissue and orthopedic surgery, dentistry, full laboratory testing, radiology, pharmacy, and microchip identification.

Our alternative services have come to the forefront in the last 10 years, and we've seen some real breakthroughs. I am especially pleased with our results in treating pets with potentially lethal viral diseases, such as canine distemper and parvovirus, and irritating diseases such as kennel cough. We've also enjoyed success in treating feline viral diseases, such as feline leukemia, FIV, rhinotracheitis, and calicivirus. In addition, we have developed some novel approaches to treating heartworm disease, allergy, allergic dermatitis, hyperlipemia, and more. Another exciting area of care for our patients at PAC is spinal adjustment therapy (VOM Spinal Adjustment). We combine the VOM technique with Erchonia cold laser therapy and LED light-point acupuncture to treat a wide range of musculoskeletal disorders from back pain and weakness to hind limb paralysis.

Since embarking on this style of practice, our patients have enjoyed a higher level of healthy living, reduced sick patient visits, and fewer trips to the emergency room after hours. Improved health for your best friend may be just a phone call away.

Preemptive Strike

A preemptive strike is a military term that means to disarm your opponent before he can launch an attack. In so doing, a large scale war with resulting mass casualties may be averted. The same principle would apply with infectious disease. Curing disease is good, but preventing disease is even better.

Viral disease, nature's nuclear weapon, can indeed inflict mass casualties on the human and animal populations of the world. In terms of the pet population, viral disease is largely preventable through immunizations, but the huge population of animals residing in shelters and humane societies awaiting adoption do not have this protection. Most are young animals who have never been vaccinated. Therefore, shelters are fertile breeding grounds for viruses. Consider how children in a crowded daycare easily transmit cold viruses from one to another. The same principle applies.

The sad truth is that most animals in shelters will never get adopted. The major emphasis of this article is preserving the lives of the animals already adopted. We can assume all animals coming from a shelter have been exposed to viruses. Though they may all look healthy on the day they are adopted, some will break with serious illness in the first 3 weeks after adoption. The question we should ask is, “Is there anything that can be done for the animal that may be incubating a serious illness while showing only mild symptoms, such as coughing or sneezing, or no symptoms at all?” Stated another way, “Do we have to wait for an animal to manifest a lethal illness or can we take steps to prevent it?”

I believe the answer is, “Yes, we can stop the illness in the early stages before serious damage is done.” The time for the preemptive strike is the first 3 weeks after the pet is adopted, as this is when they are most vulnerable. If an incubating virus is halted during this 3 week window, the pet's future is bright, since vaccinations will then have time to be effective.

This is surprisingly easy to accomplish. At Plano Animal Clinic, we've done this many times with great success. I believe strongly that people should adopt pets from shelters, and I believe equally that their young lives need to be protected. What can we do for these little guys who begin coughing or sneezing a few days after being adopted? Quite simply, we use a short course of antibiotics to treat any bacterial complication and a short course of antivirals (see “The Virus ‘Cure'?”) to halt the virus. Even in an illness as common as kennel cough, 3 different bacteria and 8 different viruses can be involved. In the early stages, kennel cough is indistinguishable from the significantly more lethal canine distemper virus.

The goal is not to identify the virus, but to stop it in its tracks. It doesn't matter which viruses are involved. Stop the virus and save the patient. There is no telling how many thousands of lives could be saved if such protocols were adopted on a broad scale.

If you have recently adopted a puppy or kitten from an animal shelter, call us. Coughing, sneezing, or runny stools can be early warning signs of serious illness. Don't wait to find out if he's “really sick.” The time for a preemptive strike is now!

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Plano Animal Clinic

3205 Alma, Ste 415
Plano, TX 75075

Phone: (972) 422-5116

Paralyzed Dogs

The treatment methods that have been the most beneficial for our patients over the past few years include: Immune modulation, VOM spinal adjustments, Cold LASER therapy & LED acupuncture.

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