Orthopaedics, general surgery and the management of pain in dogs and cats are the areas of veterinary medicine and surgery that Dr Alison has a special interest in.
Her post graduate studies have all been geared towards providing a holistic supportive plan to maintain the mobility of our elderly dogs and cats and provide long term relief from chronic pain.
Dr Alison has attained a Membership of the Small Animal Medicine Chapter of the Australian College of Veterinary Surgeons. In 2009, she completed her Diploma in Animal Chiropractic from RMIT, Melbourne, learning not only chiropractic techniques but also osteopathic, physical therapy, remedial massage and Chinese massage techniques.
Always wanting to broaden and expand on her skills and knowledge, in 2017 Dr Alison gained a Certificate of Veterinary Acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. In August 2019 Dr Alison will be completing her final internship to become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute.
Dr Alison is also the current President of the Australian Veterinary Acupuncture Group – a special interest group of the Australian Veterinary Association.
When is it useful?
Animals & humans can share many of the same ailments – chiropractic, acupuncture & soft tissue services form a crucial part of human rehabilitation & these same benefits exist for our pets too.
Companion animal chiropractic and soft tissue techniques are useful for:
- Older animals – may help improve mobility and may reduce the dose of arthritis medications required to keep your animal comfortable.
- Any animal with a history of a traumatic injury
- Congenital and developmental conditions such as hip and elbow dysplasia, “Wobblers” syndrome, inter-vertebral disc disease.
- Chronic lick granulomas of the skin
- Recurrent neck or back pain
- Animals who have recently had major surgery
- Other specific things which may be helped – dry eye, cardiac disease, gastrointestinal disease, cancer, immune disease.
Does a consultation serve as an annual health check up?
Whilst a thorough history is taken and an examination is performed, it is not a “veterinary” consultation. If your pet is not a patient of Mona Vale Veterinary Hospital, you shall be referred back to your regular veterinary practice for any veterinary diagnostic workups, such as radiographs, that are deemed necessary.
Dr Alison will examine your pet in a holistic manner with a lean towards their bio-mechanics and any aspect of disease that affects normal movement and function.
Consultation charges as of July 2020:
Regular consultation – 1 hour – $145
Short consultation or follow up visits – 1/2 hour – $110
Our very own Dr Alison featured in the July podcast for Pure Animal Health!
Hear Dr Alison talk about caring for senior pets & how her extra studies in Tui Na Chinese massage, Chiropractic & K9 rehabilitation can help our golden oldies!!
Some of Dr Alison’s patients:
We first met Dr Alison over a year & a half ago after our dog Eddie had to have one of his hind legs amputated due to cancer. Dr Alison treated Eddie with Chiropractic work to help achieve correct alignment whilst he worked out his new balance. Eddie recently became extremely ill & we found out that his cancer had returned to other organs in his body.
Dr Alison has been instrumental in his recovery, performing acupuncture to help relieve symptoms & helping bring him back to his normal healthy weight. Dr Alison went above & beyond, researching Eddie’s symptoms to find out the best management plan to get him back to where he is today, which is a very happy dog who has a great quality of life and still loving his walks and, of course, his food!!
Frenchie came to us a rescue dog four years ago, he had a very rough start to life. He was malnourished, had terrible skin and tummy troubles, and he also had issues with the vertebrae in his neck pressing on his spinal cord and interfering with the message getting through to his back legs. But Frenchie has a heart as big as Pharlap and the love to go with it!
With a combination of regular acupuncture, chiropractic and osteopathic treatments with Dr Alison, as well as diligent following of the rehabilitation exercises she demonstrated for Frenchie’s “homework”. He has put on 12kgs and is a wonder to behold!