Our Integrative Medicine & Rehabilitation service staff consists of veterinarians
and technicians that are passionate about the comfort and care of your pet. Our integrative
approach to veterinary treatment incorporates both traditional Chinese and western
medicines. We treat companion animals, as well as exotics and farm animals.
Click on the "i" in the image to the right to watch a video about acupuncture.
Acupuncture is a form of medicine using small sterilized needles inserted in specific
points to treat many disorders. Each point has a specific action to help the body
heal itself. Acupuncture can stimulate nerves, increase blood flow, relieve muscle
spasm, and release endorphins. The use of acupuncture in animals has been widely studied
and proven to help all systems of the body. Because the needles are so small, patients
rarely feel them and have even fallen asleep during treatment.
Our rehabilitation service has state-of-the-art equipment to treat a variety of orthopedic
and neurologic conditions. Our treatments include aquatic therapy (underwater treadmill),
electric stimulation, therapeutic ultrasound, and exercises. An exercises program
using some or all of these modalities will be tailored to your pet and their condition.
Your pet will also be prescribed at-home exercises to maximize their recovery.
You do not need a referral, but please call your veterinarian to send over any previous
records and radiographs they have for your pet.
A questionnaire will be emailed to you prior to the first appointment. Please fill
that out and bring it with you. If you do not have access to print it out, please
arrive early for your appointment time to fill it out. We will not be able to begin
assessment without it.
Because we are a teaching hospital, you will be greeted by a student who will get
a thorough history of your pet. The student will then have you return to the waiting
room while your pet is taken into the hospital and evaluated by our veterinary team.
Please do not leave during this assessment unless prior arrangements have been made.
We will not be able to proceed with any treatment without your consent.
Once the assessment is complete, our veterinarian and student will return to talk
with you about their findings and recommendations. This may include acupuncture, rehabilitation,
herbal supplements, and other therapies.
We would love to treat your pet at the first visit. Please make sure you indicate
that you are interested in pursuing Integrative Medicine treatment when you make your
initial appointment. This will indicate to our receptionists to schedule the allotted
time needed for treatment.
Once the assessment has been completed, we will make recommendations on frequency
of visits. Usually, we see patients once or twice a week.
The first visit may take up to two hours for the exam and consultation. Treatment
will take an additional 45 minutes - 2 hours, depending on what treatments are performed.
Our veterinarian and student will discuss the time involved when they go over the
treatment options with you.