The Ocean Valley Veterinarian Hospital has Alternative Medicine


The Ocean Valley Veterinary Hospital is an inclusive medical center for pets, catering to both Eastern and Western cures.

“This is a dream come true for me,” said Dr. Doug Lemire, who purchased the Ocean Valley Veterinary Hospital on July 20. “I had a mobile practice in California, but this is the first full practice I’ve owned.”

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The Ocean Valley Veterinarian Hospital

Lemire has been a veterinarian for 28 years, with experience in surgery, nutrition, traditional Western medicine and alternative medicine. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1983 and then completed a rotating internship in medicine and surgery at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1984. After spending time in California, he became certified in veterinary acupuncture, chiropractic and homeopathy, and studied extensively in animal nutrition.”Our mission is to bring optimum wellness and health to all of our patients and to ensure complete satisfaction,” Lemire said. “I also bring integrative medicine: veterinarian acupuncture, homeopathy and chiropractic alternatives. I’ve found that an animals health can be brought to a higher level of healing with the addition of alternative methods to help the body heal itself.”

Lemire said his first step when treating an animal is always to start with a diagnosis. With help from his x-ray machines and in-house laboratory for blood tests, he discovers what the problem with your, then suggests traditional medicine to start.

“It all starts with nutrition: you are what you eat,” he said. “I see plenty of skin disease, urinary tract infections, diabetes and potentially cancer. We are getting all these recalls this past year of pet foods. They are made with poor qualities of meat that the USDA says is not fit for human consumption. I give people the knowledge to start improving the lives of their animals.”

Lemire carries the Flint River Ranch brand of all natural pet food, but suggests people do what they can afford for their animal. He encourages people to read the labels on the bags and to offer fresh food to their furry family member, and recommends upgrading to an organic type of food that doesn’t do business with China, doesn’t use preservatives and is hypoallergenic.

“I love the healing process and it is wonderful to be able to help these animals and to educate the clients and community about other alternative practices,” he said.

Along with medical exams, vaccinations, parasite prevention and control, nutritional supplements, surgery and euthanasia services, Lemire offers acupuncture, chiropractic and homeopathy.

“My experience with acupuncture and chiropractic is that the animals love it. There are endorphins released in the body that have a calming effect,” he said.

Lemire explains that acupuncture on animals is similar to that of humans. He said it is used along with Chinese herbs to balance the energy of the body or provide pain relief.

“Yesterday we had a patient who was on the equivalent of Excedrin for six months for hip pain resulting from hip dysplasia,” Lemire said. “It helped, but every time we would check the liver tests the levels would go up. Acupuncture did wonders for the dog. It’s all about having animals have a happier, healthier, longer life.”

Lemire said that, much like humans, some x-rays do not come back with a result and that he has helped pets with chiropractic methods, which releases muscle tension and calms spasms.

Lemire also practices veterinary dentistry.  “There are a lot of links between proper dental care and health,” he said. “Infection and inflammation of the mouth can lead to diabetes and immune disorders.”

Lemire currently lives in Peabody, Mass., with his fiance and two cats, Missy and Socks. He is getting married in September and plans to move to the area next year.

“People are really nice up here and they are quite wonderful and open to what I say,” he said.

The hospital is undergoing an upgrade and will soon have extended hours. Lemire recently joined the Exeter Chamber and is looking to get involved in the community.

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