In addition to Western Medical exams, we offer Integrative Eastern Medical exams. Treatments such as acupuncture, chiropractic care and herbal medications are available and are tailored to your pet's particular needs. These treatments may be the primary approach to addressing illness or injury, or they may complement and enhance conventional treatments. We approach the care of each animal holistically and do not exclude or rule-out certain approaches simply because they are from a different medical tradition. Ninety percent of patients have potential to respond to acupuncture, based on existence of high density nerve clusters at acupuncture sights. Dr. Leilani Hotaling's Initial Integrative Exam and assessment is 60 minutes long with 40 minute follow-up exams. Her Integrative Exams include any acupuncture and chiropractic treatments deemed appropriate for your pet. Dr. Amy Everly's Initial Integrative Exam and assessment includes acupuncture and is 40 minutes long, with 30 minute follow-up exams.
What is Integrative Medicine?
Integrative Medicine refers to evaluating our patients using several medication disciplines. At our clinic, this means combining chiropractic, acupuncture, herbal, and physical rehabilitation with conventional veterinary medicine. One of our Integrative veterinarians, Dr. Leilani Hotaling, is certified or credentialed in all of these areas. Dr. Amy Everly is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, with studies in herbal and food therapies.
What do we mean by Eastern?
Eastern, or Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has developed over thousands of years as a well documented system of evaluating and treating an individual. It takes into account a patient's disposition, body type, behavior patterns, and physical attributes as a collective whole. A treatment that works for one patient may have a completely different effect on another, making a hands-on exam critical in order to tailor the treatment to the patient. Acupuncture and herbal medicine are important components of Eastern medicine.
Is this Holistic Medicine?
Holistic medicine is treating the patient as a whole rather than treating just the illness or the injury. All the parts are connected, and your pet's lifestyle and interactions with your family are important factors with any care plan. To these ends, we do the following:
- We choose to use the most effective and least toxic medicines we can find.
- We find out from you, the pet owner, what your pet's jobs and habits are.
- We learn from you what kinds of care you feel comfortable doing at home.
- We will train you how to carry out preventive care, such as ways to prevent injury in pets prone to them.
- In cases of multiple health issues, we will help you balance treatment options to ensure the best quality of life for your pet.
- We advocate healthy lifestyles for your pet, including high quality nutrition and, if necessary, appropriate supplements.
- We will put as much power into your hands as you wish in evaluating your pet for signs of pain or symptoms of disease.