In the world of human medicine people are rapidly discovering the benefits of looking beyond methods that are traditionally familiar to us in the United States. This is also true in veterinary medicine.

Acupuncture has been well-documented to help pets with osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease, gastrointestinal, endocrine and neurologic disorders, and a number of chronic conditions. When performed by a trained professional it is safe, relaxing and painless experience for your pet. Treatments at Briar Patch are performed by Ingrid Rhinehart, DVM, CVA who received her certification at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. All of the types of pets we see – dogs, cats and most exotic pets – can receive acupuncture treatments.

Sessions typically take 30-45 minutes. Your pet’s first session will be longer so that you and Dr. Rhinehart can have an extensive dialog about your pet’s medical and life-style history. Your goals and preferences will also be an important part of this conversation. The number of treatments and how quickly you can expect to see results will depend on your pet’s particular condition. In some cases a single treatment is sufficient, while in others a series of treatments on a weekly or monthly basis is recommended.

Wondering if this is the best approach for your pet? Contact us today to have your pet examined and assessed for acupuncture treatments.