Most of our canine patients are crazy for the duck treats we carry. They are Orijen’s Free Run Duck treats and can be found at most major retailers. We also have freeze dried beef liver treats on hand.
What should I bring to an appointment (small animal)?
A list of medications, herbs and supplements your pet is currently taking. It helps to know what food your pet is specifically eating and the primary ingredients it contains (chicken, lamb, beef).
What were those CBD brands you recommended?
Both Canna Companion and Bluebird Botanicals have been independently tested and shown to carry high levels of quality CBD molecules. In the making of CBD products, it has been shown that there is a significant variability in both quality of product made and content (as in how much CBD is actually in the bottle).
What should I bring to an appointment (equine)?
A halter, lead and lunge line are helpful. Many clients have saddle fit questions, having your saddle and pads readily available will help us answer those thoroughly! If you are hauling in to a facility to see us you will also need a current coggins test.
What is that saddle fit book you recommended?
Many of our clients learn a lot from Joyce Harman’s book, The Horse’s Pain Free Back and Saddle Fit.
Do you have small animal diet questions?
Many of our clients do! At NBVS we know that each patient is unique, thus no single diet recommendation works for everyone. We are happy to discuss the Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective on your current diet and make feeding recommendations during a nutrition consultation.
If I start getting my animal adjusted, do they have to be adjusted forever?
The long term needs a patient may have for chiropractic care are very individual. Things that impact the need for care include physical fitness, mobility, health, activity level, type of activity performed and often the gear they wear when being active or performing. I often hear I don’t want to start seeing a chiropractor because I’ll just have to keep going back forever. Chiropractic philosophy suggests that chiropractic subluxations develop from three things trauma, thoughts and toxins. Which essentially means, if you get your animal adjusted and then they never fall down, wear poor fitting tack, have uneven foot balance, have a sad or angry day, eat French Fries or delicious but not so good for you snacks and they stay physically fit to maintain their body then they are unlikely to need to be adjusted again! But the reality for most of us is that some of them really enjoy the couch and pizza and running around like super heroes.
How often does my animal need to be seen?
Frequency of visits is entirely dependent upon the individual needs of your animal. Things that impact frequency of care include physical fitness, mobility, health, activity level, type of activity performed and often the gear they wear when being active or performing. In general, we often see patients a little closer together for a few visits to start with. Our ultimate goal is to find the sweet spot for each patient where they feel optimally good and we only do what they need to keep them there. We prefer not to do more than each patient needs. Your observations will help us to determine what interval works best for them.
How soon will I know if this is working?
For both chiropractic and acupuncture appointments we recommend observing your pet closely for signs of improvement after their appointments. Many patients will show improvement very quickly. It helps us to know what you specifically see as an improvement, when it begins and how long it lasts. There are some patients that take a bit longer to show signs of improvement. In those cases, we suggest that if no improvement is seen after 2 to 3 treatments we are less likely to be able to help them with chiropractic or acupuncture.