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​Frequently Asked Questions

Does acupuncture hurt my pet?

Typically acupuncture is completely painless.  Occasionally there may be some very mild discomfort or pressure your pet detects when the needle is inserted.  The needles are extremely thin, so most pets will not react to needle placement.  Often, once inserted, the pet feels relaxed because there is a release of endorphins and, subsequently, an improved sense of well-being.


How quickly should I expect to see results?

That depends on the disease condition being managed.  Often in acute cases, like intervertebral disk disease, the effects of acupuncture can be observed within hours.  Diseases of more chronic nature may take weeks or even months for positive results to develop. We typically recommend 3-4 acupuncture sessions, approximately 1 week apart.  If there is no improvement after 3-4 acupuncture sessions, then we will determine if a different treatment plan is available for your pet.


How long will the initial consultation take?

The first appointment is usually the longest because a history is taken and both a CWVM and TCVM examination are performed.  This typically takes 60-90 minutes.


How much does acupuncture cost?

Please contact Dr. Horton for prices at drhorton@vetapuncture.com


What should I expect at my first consultation?

Dr. Horton will first take a complete history of your pet.  She will then examine your pet using both CWVM and TCVM techniques.  After the examination and history are taken, she will perform acupuncture on your pet.  She will then make recommendations on your pet's diet, if needed.  


What about my regular veterinarian?

You will continue working with your regular veterinarian for all of your pets needs.  All bloodwork and x-rays will be done by our regular veterinarian and with that information, Dr. Horton will integrate bothTCVMand CWVM.  She will generally send a referral letter to your veterinarian to update them on your pet.