What to expect during an Acupuncture appointment:
Your appointment will begin with a discussion of the patient's medical history, so that we may best understand the reason for your visit. During an acupuncture appointment the doctor will examine your pet’s tongue for color, size, texture and shape. They will also palpate your pet’s pulses. This information helps the doctor to read the Qi within your pet, much like a cardiologist might use a stethoscope to directly listen to your pet’s heart. With the tongue and pulse information, a “pattern” or diagnosis about the Qi is made.
During your appointment most patients lie upon an elevated bed in our exam room which is about 18 inches off the ground. Acupuncture needles are inserted into the acupuncture points and the patient rests for generally 20-30 minutes with the needles in. During this time our doctors often step out of the room, allowing your pet to rest quietly with you. The needles are then removed before you go home.
Most patients are not bothered by the very thin nature of the acupuncture needles. Some pets, however, are more sensitive and react to the needle placement. Regardless of their sensitivity, most patient’s come to really enjoy their acupuncture sessions!