Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Acupuncture has been used in China for thousands of years to produce a healing response in the body. Acupuncture involves the insertion of needles into certain points of the body where nerve bundles and blood vessels intersect. Through placement in these energy channels, the needles enhance blood circulation and stimulate the release of hormones with the goal of encouraging the body to correct imbalances. More and more pet parents are trying acupuncture for amenable dogs and cats.
The most common conditions we see dogs for are: hip dysplasia, back pain (disc disease), epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, stroke, and a painful condition in growing dogs named panosteitis. In cats, acupuncture can help treat feline asthma, megaesophagus, megacolon/constipation, renal failure, and aggression. It can also be used as an adjunct to chemotherapy (helping to alleviate side effects from harsh drugs).
How can acupuncture benefit my pet?
Using acupuncture on the appropriate schedule outlined by your veterinarian can help reduce or eliminate (rare) the need for drugs, depending on the condition. This can be especially helpful in cats and dogs who are having severe side effects (vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia) from these medications, or if they have been on them so long they have started to affect liver and kidney function.
Are there any side effects to pet acupuncture?
Just like any alternative therapies (massage, chiropractic, physiotherapy etc.), your pet may seem sore for 1-2 days after the treatment, but will soon thereafter start to feel much better. Often, pets are tired after the treatments and should be allowed to rest as needed.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 4, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call 506.382.0061. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm - Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Saturday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Mountain Road Animal Hospital