Natural Pet Care

Dr. Michelle Kinoshita heads our Natural Pet Care services and can be seen by special appointment at our hospital. Michelle is a Toronto native who worked in small animal practice for several years in the GTA as well as owned a house call practice before she and her family moved to Collingwood in 2007. Michelle is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (IVAS/CIVT) and holds Advanced Certification in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine (IVAS/CIVT). In 2017, Michelle successfully completed the requirements to become a Certified Veterinary Medical Manipulation Practitioner (CVMMP) and became Fear Free Certified. She is also an instructor for the Canadian IVAS/AVAC veterinary acupuncture course.  Michelle combines her knowledge in traditional medicine with her training in complementary modalities including:


Chinese and Western herbal therapy

Flower essence therapy


Homeopathic treatments

Food therapy

Low level therapeutic LASER


IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR NEW CLIENT BOOKING: Dr. Kinoshita has a busy Holistic Care practice. Booking is by special appointment. Please contact the office well in advance to avoid disappointment. Dr. Kinoshita will be notified and then she will set up a consultation. This is a different booking process from our general practice. Telehealth consults through the hospital's main booking platform are currently not available for Dr. Kinoshita's practice. Dr. Kinoshita has her own means of communicating with clients. She is also following the hospital's COVID-19 policies.

Frenchie "Mo-mo" undergoing LASER therapy and electroacupuncture for a neurological condition


Acupuncture may be defined as the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to produce a healing response. Each acupuncture point has specific actions when stimulated. This technique has been used in veterinary practice in China for thousands of years to treat many ailments. The Chinese also use acupuncture as preventative medicine. Acupuncture is used all around the world, either along or in conjunction with Western medicine, to treat a wide variety of conditions in every species of animal. Clinical research has been conducted showing positive results in the treatment of both animals and humans, and the use of acupuncture is increasing. Acupuncture will not cure every condition, but it can work very well when it is indicated.

Indications for Acupuncture Include:

Musculoskeletal problems, such as arthritis, intervertebral disk disease, or traumatic nerve injury

Respiratory problems, such as feline asthma

Skin problems such as lick granulomas and allergic dermatitis

Gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea

Selected reproductive problems

Veterinary Medical Manipulation

Veterinary Medical Manipulation is similar to a chiropractic adjustment performed by a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC), in humans.  Veterinary Medical Manipulation involves the manipulation and adjustment of restrictions in the spine and other joints, in animals, performed by a trained and certified veterinarian.   


The body’s health is dependent on normal movement.  This influences the brain, nerves, muscles, joints, and, also, internal organs and the immune system.  If a joint becomes restricted in its motion, the change in mobility can lead to muscle tension, pain, weakness, cartilage damage, gait changes, and performance issues.  As it also affects the spinal nerves, a joint restriction may also lead to reduced internal organ and immune function.


The goal of Veterinary Medical Manipulation is to identify the areas of the body where there is a lack of appropriate movement and to restore the normal range of motion by applying a very specific and gentle thrust.  It enhances the body’s ability to heal by improving biomechanics, nerve function and immune response.  It can help to prevent conditions from progressing to the point where they need conventional medical care.  Side effects are rare and are generally limited to transient discomfort that last no more than 1-2 days.


Indications for Veterinary Medical Manipulation:

Abnormal gait, stiffness, or lameness

Abnormal posture or stance

Chronic musculoskeletal problems (eg. sacroiliac problems, hip dysplasia, luxating patella, arthritis)

Sitting to one side or “puppy sitting”

Reluctance to move, bend, jump or climb stairs

Pain with certain movements or when lifted

Discomfort or hypersensitivity to touch or grooming

Neck or back pain, including intervertebral disc disease

Nerve pain

Reduced performance or lack of power, especially noted in sporting dogs

Geriatric patients -  to maintain function and mobility

Recurrent digestive problems or incontinence

Infertility or reproductive problems

Recurrent infections or inflammatory conditions

Lick granulomas