Greenwich Animal Hospital

430 West Putnam Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830


Complementary and Alternative Therapies

Greenwich Animal Hospital is pleased to recommend Dr. Sharon Barotz for complementary and alternative medicine with the goal of promoting patient quality of life by offering therapies that complement more traditional western veterinary medical practices. Dr. Barotz is currently seeing patients at the Veterinary Emergency Group in White Plains.

She can be reached at  (212) 996-3144 or email to schedule a consultation appointment or to obtain additional information.  You can also visit the Tranquil Paws Veterinary website for additional information.

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine

Acupuncture is a part of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), which is a system of medicine that has been practiced on both humans and animals for over 3,000 years. Acupuncture and TCVM are best used as a complement to traditional western veterinary medicine and are particularly effective for chronic conditions. The goal of TCVM is to promote quality of life and to restore balance to the body by regulating the flow of qi. Qi is the main life force and can be defined as bio-energy. The qi can be manipulated in many ways including using acupuncture points, which are points where the qi gathers under the skin. Chinese herbal medicines also have specific actions on qi to help to restore balance to the body. Acupuncture and TCVM can be used to help treat a wide variety of conditions including arthritis, weakness, degenerative joint disease, neurologic diseases, asthma, kidney disease and behavioral problems. TCVM is often used when pets can no longer tolerate, are not responding to, or are experiencing side effects from western medications.

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine can:

  • Relieve Pain
  • Improve or Restore Mobility
  • Improve Quality of Life
  • Boost Energy Levels
  • Stimulate Appetite
  • Decrease Inflammation
  • Provide Palliative Care
  • Manage Chronic Diseases

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy is a surgery-free, drug-free, noninvasive treatment that:

  • Reduces Pain
  • Reduces Inflammation
  • Accelerates Healing

Laser therapy is often recommended and can be used alongside both conventional western therapies and acupuncture/TCVM. Relief and/or improvement can be noticed within hours or can take a few sessions depending on the condition being treated and your pet’s response. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds, or simply aging, your pet can benefit from this innovative approach to treating pain.

Laser therapy can be used for:

  • Pain Management – Acute and Chronic
  • Orthopedic Diseases Including Arthritis and Joint Issues
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Any Inflammatory Condition
  • Dermatologic Problems Including Slow Healing Wounds
  • Stimulation of Acupuncture Points Without Needles

Laser therapy works by stimulating the body to heal from within. The Class IV Companion Therapy Laser uses a beam of light through a non-invasive handpiece to deeply penetrate tissue without damaging it. Your pet may feel a gentle and soothing warmth.

About Dr. Barotz

Dr. Sharon Barotz founded Tranquil Paws Veterinary to promote the quality of life of patients by offering therapies that complement more traditional western veterinary medical practices.  She is a graduate of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and received her certification in Veterinary Acupuncture (CVA) from the Chi Institute for Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM).  Dr. Barotz is continuing her study of TCVM; she is currently taking advanced classes in Chinese Herbal Medicine and is working towards additional TCVM certifications.  Her main professional interests are pain management, acupuncture, Chinese medicine, and the human-animal bond.

 Dr. Barotz grew up on the Upper East Side where she attended Hunter High School before going to Brandeis University for her undergraduate education.  After veterinary school, she returned to the NYC area.  She lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan with her husband and her dog Lucy, a loving mixed-breed rescue that her niece has dubbed a “cock-a-doodle-poo.”  Dr. Barotz loves the theater, especially musicals, and tries to see as many shows as possible with her family. She is also an avid cook and foodie with a passion for cultural and international cuisine.  Dr. Barotz loves international travel and always looks forward to exploring new cities, cultures, and foods all over the world.

 Dr. Barotz is a member of the following organizations:

-American Veterinary Medical Association

-New York State Veterinary Medical Association

-New York City Veterinary Medical Association

-American Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine

-American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture

-New York Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medical Association