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Kenneth Knaack

DVM, DACVIM
Dr. Kenneth Knaack
Veterinary Specialist
Integrative Medicine, Internal Medicine
Dr. Kenneth Knaack

At a Glance

Board Certified:

Internal Medicine

Specialties Include:

Gastroenterology
Endoscopy (rigid and flexible)
Abdominal Ultrasound
Cardiac Ultrasound
Chemotherapy
Respiratory Diseases
Endocrinology
Neurologic Diseases
Acupuncture

Dr. Knaack graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, where he also completed his residency in internal medicine. Before moving to Connecticut, Dr. Knaack was medical director at Southshore Veterinary Hospital in South Weymouth, Massachusetts. As a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, he is one of only a few practicing boarded internists in Connecticut. He is also certified in veterinary acupuncture.
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Integrative Medicine

The holistic approach to veterinary medicine is excellent for preventive care and health optimization, as well as treatment of chronic conditions. Holistic modalities, such as acupuncture and herbal medicine, are used to balance the “whole” animal, so that your friend can heal and maintain the highest possible quality of life. What makes holistic treatments different from more traditional care is that they are customized to the whole pet, not just to the disease.

The techniques used in holistic medicine are gentle and minimally invasive. During appointments, we focus on the patient’s well-being and stress reduction. As part of ongoing treatment or a general wellness plan, our holistic specialists provide the following services:

  • Acupuncture
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • Homeopathy
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Chiropractic treatments

We work with clients to teach them how to help their companion animal maintain good health. Holistic medicine can be used to address most conditions, including the following:


  • Musculoskeletal problems, such as arthritis and hip/elbow dysplasia
  • Rehabilitation after an injury or a surgery
  • Chronic degenerative diseases
  • Cancer
  • Allergies
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Asthma
  • Gastro-intestinal problems, such as irritable bowel disorder
  • Kidney, liver and other organ failures
  • Pancreatitis
  • Depressed immune system function
  • Behavioral issues, such as fear and aggression
  • Anxiety, insomnia and stress
  • Skin allergies and other dermatologic conditions

Our Integrative Medicine Team

Department Head - General Medicine
VCA Veterinary Specialists of CT

993 North Main Street

West Hartford, CT 06117

Main: 860-236-3273

Fax: 860-236-3275

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

Specialty Appointment Hours::

Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 6:00pm Saturday & Sunday: ER only

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