A Mid-State veterinarian now offers an array of unique treatment options for pets including the Ancient Chinese methodology of acupuncture.
Dr. Marc Smith recently opened the Natchez Trace Veterinary Clinic in Belle Meade that focuses on Eastern and Traditional Chinese Medicine therapies such as chiropractic and food therapy in addition to acupuncture.
"Our mission is to give people options depending on their animal," Smith said.
Smith said he was hesitant at first to offer the rare form of treatment for family pets.
"As hocus pocus as some of them may seem, a lot of them really have validity and they help a lot of pets live longer better quality of life," he said.
Nashville's News 2 spoke with pet owner Jeffi Wright who said she has chosen both traditional and alternative treatment for her dogs.
Wright said she found the alternative treatments worked well for her furry friends.
"It has been amazing. We have had huge results from it. Way better than the other area," she said.
Wright also added the alternative treatments are also more affordable.
"For a chiropractic adjustment, an acupuncture session or eastern herbal medicine or prolotherapy is going to be less than the typical Western veterinary service," she said.
Dr. Smith has also created a line of all natural dog food called Pet Tao. The dog food combines Western nutritional science with Eastern food therapy.
Dr. Smith has been practicing in Middle Tennessee since 1998 and previously worked at Natchez Trace Veterinary Service in Franklin.
For more information on the Natchez Trace Veterinary Clinic, visit their Facebook page.