Progressive, Holistic Veterinary Care
WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture and herbal medicine are practiced globally to treat a variety of conditions. Acupuncture has been used to treat animals in China for at least 3,000 years. This holistic practice involves the insertion of needles into specific points in the body to cause desired healing effects.
Needles (dry needling), electroacupuncture, needles heated with an herbal stick (moxibustion), and Vitamin B12 injections into acupuncture points (aquapuncture) are all methods of acupuncture that Dr. Dewey and Dr. Hall perform.
- Pain & Stiffness from Arthritis
- Disc Problems or Hip Dysplasia
- Joint Injuries
- Muscle Pain or Spasms
- Seizures, Vestibular Syndromes & Facial Nerve Paralysis
- Kidney Disease
- Various Intestinal Diseases
- General Care for Elderly Pets
What to Expect
HOW DOES VETERINARY ACUPUNCTURE WORK?
The goal of acupuncture is to promote your pet’s body to heal itself. From a Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine perspective, acupuncture encourages healing by correcting energy imbalances in the body. Research has been conducted showing positive results in the treatment of both animals and humans.
To determine whether veterinary acupuncture is appropriate for your pet, a traditional examination is performed, as well as an evaluation of the parameters important in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
TRADITIONAL CHINESE EXAM
The Traditional Chinese Examination involves the evaluation of the tongue for shape, moistness, size, coating, and consistency; evaluation of the pulses for depth, rate, strength, and quality; and feeling specific acupuncture points which correspond to the internal organs.
Although treatments vary depending on your pet’s condition, each session generally lasts 10-15 minutes and is performed once a week for four-six weeks. Longer intervals, from two-four weeks, are common maintenance intervals.
Pets vary in their response to acupuncture. Some show no sensitivity to the placement of needles, some show discomfort briefly upon insertion. Generally, once the needles are placed, a pet exhibits no discomfort. During the holistic treatment, pets can become relaxed or even sleepy.
Dr. Dewey and Dr. Hall also offer herbal medicine to treat pets, using a wide variety of Chinese herbal formulas, as well as some Western herbal formulas. Patients are evaluated in the same manner for veterinary acupuncture, establishing both a conventional diagnosis and a Chinese medicine pattern diagnosis. While the herbal recipes are Chinese in origin, the herbal medications are produced in the United States.
We believe that healing can be enhanced by caring professionals in a comfortable environment.
DR. CURTIS DEWEY
Dr. Dewey is a board-certified neurologist and ACVS boarded surgeon at Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Services. He received his DVM degree from Cornell University in 1989 and completed a small animal internship at the University of Georgia (UGA) before going back to school for his Master’s degree in Anatomy. Dr. Dewey completed a surgical residency at UGA and then a neurology resi-dence at the University of California at Davis. He is also a certified veterinary acupuncturist (IVAS, Chi Institute) and a certified veterinary herbalist (Chi Institute). Dr. Dewey is currently completing his certification in Food Therapy at the Chi Institute.
DR. KATHLEEN HALL
Dr. Hall is an associate veterinarian at Suburban Animal Hospital. She earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University in 1984 and has been caring for animals ever since. She is certified in veterinary acupuncture by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and certified in veterinary Chinese herbal medicine by the Chi Institute and the China National Society of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.