Countryside Animal Hospital, Inc. / Alternative Medicine

Countryside Animal Hospital, Inc.

14285 N. 72nd Ave.
Merrill, WI 54452


Alternative Medicine


Alternative medicine provides "non-conventional" treatments for a variety of medical conditions.

Cold Laser Therapy


We added our Companion Therapy Laser to our practice in 2009; allowing us to offer our patients instant relief from pain, inflammation, and swelling associated with soft tissue injuries, trauma, surgery, and chronic everyday disorders. This class IV laser is an FDA approved, deep penetrating light that allows the relief of pain through the release of endorphins, and stimulates the injured cells to heal at a faster rate. As our best friends age, recover from trauma or surgery, or simply need relief from everyday aches and pains, this advanced technology offers: drug-free, surgery-free, pain-free relief.

Some of the disorders that respond to Laser Therapy:

  • Arthritis
  • Numerous skin conditions
  • Post surgical pain and inflammation
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Insect bites/stings
  • Lacerations/Abrasions
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Open wounds
  • Otitis (Ear infections)
  • Cystitis (Bladder infections)
  • Burns
  • And more...

The Companion Therapy Laser is used in concert with our CO2 Surgical Laser, and is an important step in our post-surgery pain control program by accelerating healing without any dangerous side effects.

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Stem Cell Therapy


Stem cells have been used for years in human medical treatments. Advances in technology have led to dramatic increases in veterinary studies as well. Adult stem cells are present in small numbers throughout most tissues and organs, and can be used to treat a wide range of issues in dogs and cats, such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Inflammatory Disorders
  • Degenerative Disorders
  • Immune Disorders
  • Metabolic Disorders
  • Injuries - (bone, joint, and soft tissue, etc.)

​Small skin biopsies are collected by us, and shipped to the lab to isolate, expand, and purify cells. Your pet will receive their own cells, lab tested for viability and purity. A portion can be shipped for immediate use, with the remainder cryopreserved and banked for future use.

This therapy is easily administered in-house by intravenous and/or direct injection to the affected area, and can be used alone or in conjunction with other traditional therapies.

We have used Adult Stem Cell Therapy very successfully in several patients to date.

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Young Living Essential Oils


An Essential Oil is defined as a concentrated hydrophobic oil typically obtained by distillation that possesses the fragrance and characteristic properties of the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers or other parts of the plant it is extracted from.

These oils have been used for thousands of years for their therapeutic properties. Young Living Essential Oils are independent laboratory tested proving that they meet and often exceed industry requirements. Young Living goes on to include their own rigorous quality assurance requirements to achieve their Seed To Seal promise of purity.

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Not only do we believe in the benefits of therapeutic grade essential oils at Countryside Animal Hospital, we also believe in using safe and effective alternatives to traditionally harsh chemical cleaning products. As Dr. Mills would say, "Our patients walk in naked and barefoot", so it is essential that the products we use on surfaces your pet will come in contact with are considered safe. Young Living offers a wide range of cleaning products that give fantastic results, naturally. From the cleaners we use to disinfect floors and exam tables, to the hand soap and waterless hand purifier used, you can be assured that your pet will be cared for in a safe, clean environment without that "hospital smell".

Call us for more information about how essential oils can benefit your pet!

Therapeutic Diets


We offer Royal Canin Prescription Diets for dogs and cats to treat a wide variety of conditions. Some of the illnesses and conditions that can be treated with therapeutic diets with or without other traditional treatments are:

  • Critical Care and Post-Surgical Recovery
  • Dental Health
  • Diabetes
  • Food Allergies
  • Gastrointestinal Disease
  • Heart Disease
  • Joint Disease
  • Kidney Disease
  • Liver Disease
  • Lower Urinary Tract Disease
  • Obesity

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Nutritional Supplements


We believe nutritional supplements can make a big difference in the overall health of your dog or cat. We offer many nutritional supplements that compliment your pet's diet and also provide support for a range of health conditions. We treat each pet as an individual and take into account not only your pet's medical conditions, but lifestyle and even formulation preferences (powder, liquid, tablet, etc) when choosing the products we recommend.

These are some of the brands that we use and recommend:

  • Standard Process Whole Food Supplements
  • Vetri-Science
  • Missing Link
  • Duralactin
  • Buck Mountain Animal Health