We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
Acupuncture involves placing tiny needles in specific points on the body to promote a healing response. It has evolved from Chinese medicine to Western medicine. There is now scientific research showing that stimulating certain acupuncture points can bring pain relief, encourage healing of injuries and get better control of chronic diseases.
Acupuncture has been known to help with orthopedic and neurologic conditions. Common conditions that may benefit from acupuncture are cruciate ligament injury, osteoarthritis, spinal cord injury, intervertebral disk disease and traumatic nerve injury.
Acupuncture can sometimes help cats with chronic renal disease, urinary tract issues, constipation, gastrointestinal disease and respiratory disease.
Acupuncture can provide pain relief for osteoarthritis pain, injured muscles and after surgical procedures such as dental extractions.
Acupuncture can sometimes help with gastrointestinal disease, respiratory disease, seizures, anxiety and even skin diseases.
Just like any medical treatment, every patient responds differently. Some patients have tremendous success with acupuncture treatments, while others show very little improvement in their condition. There is a very minimal risk or side effects from acupuncture, so it is almost always worth trying.
What can I expect during an acupuncture appointment?
A typical appointment involves getting your dog comfortable on a soft bed on the floor. They usually receive treats or praise while the needles are placed. Most dogs do not react to the needles being inserted. We then sit with your dog for 10-20 minutes with the needles in. Most dogs enjoy getting treats or head pets during this time.
A typical course of treatment can be once weekly for 4-6 weeks and then adjusted according to their response. Every patient is different and treatment is always adjusted specifically for their needs.
Will my cat sit still for acupuncture?
Surprisingly, many cats tolerate acupuncture quite well. A soft bed is set up on the floor of the exam room, treats and canned food are offered and we take our time to make them feel comfortable. Even a 5-10 minute treatment can still have benefit in a cat for many conditions.
Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.
The following changes are effective as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a "closed-door" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 780-458-3833. We will take a history of your pet from outside of your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturdays 9:00 - 2:00 pm and closed on Sundays.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment from your vehicle. We do have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the Online Store button.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.
Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.
Your dedicated team at Mission Ridge Animal Hospital