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.
I have been practicing acupuncture for approximately two years now. It has been a wonderful tool to add to general veterinary practice to help my patients. The most successful cases I have treated are neurological cases that have pinched nerves or a compressed disk in their back affecting their ability to walk. With weekly or twice weekly acupuncture treatments for the first few weeks, the majority of the cases show improvement quickly and are slowly returning to normal activity in a few weeks to months. Acupuncture not only helps these cases by providing additional pain relief but also helps stimulate the nervous system to heal and return to normal function.
The second most common reason for acupuncture is to treat chronic pain such as osteoarthritis. While these cases do not seem to show the dramatic improvement that the neurological cases do, I do see improvement in their comfort level over a few months. Some of them have been able to decrease the number of prescription pain relievers they use, and many of them can go on longer walks than they did before. Finally, we have also started offering acupuncture treatments to dogs going under anesthesia for dental cleanings and teeth extractions. While we cannot say for sure, we do feel that these patients do seem to wake up more comfortable and relaxed.
Here is a refresher on how acupuncture works: Acupuncture involves placing tiny needles in specific points on the body. It has evolved from Chinese medicine into Western medicine. There is now scientific research showing that stimulating certain acupuncture points can bring pain relief, encourage healing and get better control of chronic diseases. A simple way of thinking of acupuncture is that it encourages the body to heal itself.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 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 us. 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. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 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 Mission Ridge Animal Hospital