You Don’t Need Science to Prove This is a Good Idea

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that many veterinary treatments are backed by science and research. One treatment option, acupuncture, has profound results, but little research. After decades of stereotypes about who performs acupuncture or the types of people who get acupuncture it’s not surprising that people are leery of having the treatment performed on their pet.

Misconceptions of Acupuncture: 

No reason you can’t cuddle up and relax during an acupuncture treatment!

There isn’t enough research:

Although not extensively researched, acupuncture has hundreds of years backing it up. For centuries humans have seen and experienced the results of acupuncture. In the last few decades, acupuncture has become one of the leading holistic treatments for pets. It can at times be daunting to try something new, especially when there are not stacks of research papers backing up the modality. Thankfully, when it comes to acupuncture the lack of research papers is made up for by the hundreds of patients we have seen who have amazing, long-lasting results.

Quick fix treatments

Another misconception is that all medical treatments should be an immediate fix. With acupuncture, some results are seen immediately, and some take a couple sessions to set in. This mainly depends on why the pet is being treated. The difference is that acupuncture can treat ailments that may not always respond to traditional western treatments, reduce the need for medications, and can compliment western treatments and medications.

What to consider when considering acupuncture

Although the things to consider vary from family to family, for our patients and clients we generally recommend considering the following questions:

What is your comfort

level with traditional medical treatments and medications?

For many families traditional medicine is not their first choice.  Acupuncture can be a fabulous option for families who prefer to avoid western medical options or who have experienced acupuncture themselves.

What is the age and condition of your pet?

For pets that may be at risk of not surviving a surgery or have medications that could interact poorly if mixed, acupuncture can work as an alternative to help heal the pet without putting them in further stress or discomfort.

Openness to trying new treatment options

Although not new in the span of time, for many families acupuncture is a “new” option. If you are not a PAH client, or are not the client of another certified acupuncturist, be sure to do your research and find a pet acupuncturist who is certified. The International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) website has a great search tool (right side, under member login). Having a certified acupuncturist means you can likely trust that they are trained to accurately perform the treatment and your pet will stand a better chance of experiencing the full benefits of the acupuncture.

 

If you have further questions about acupuncture, want your pet to try a session, or you would like to see if acupuncture is right for your pet, give us a call today!

Daylight Saving Time: How it Affects our Pets

Our pets did not get the memo about daylight savings time even though we are two and a half weeks into the new time change.  Is your pet still waking you up an hour early?  Whining, anxious, barking, pacing, or lying on your face? Change can be upsetting to our companion friends who are all too aware of a sudden shift.  In the fall we gain an hour and can sleep in, but our pets are still on “their” time. Confusion sets in.  They don’t understand why you’re still in bed when they are ready to be fed and go!  After all, they are creatures of habit. Our pets might get grumpy when they show up to an empty food dish at their perceived meal time.  Our furry ones may also get stressed out when you come home in the dark, when they are used to it being light out upon your return.

The good news is most pets adjust to the time change fairly quickly.  However, if you are seeing your pet still having a hard time, slowly begin to change their daily routine 5-10 minutes each day to make up for the hour change.  Our Doctors here at Pacific Animal Hospital can help relieve any type of discomfort your pet may be experiencing.  We offer acupuncture for discomfort and anxiety reduction as well as suggestions on how to help change the environment and routine. Just like us humans, pets have a daily routine and they would prefer it to be written in stone.

What to watch for in your pet’s behavior:

  • Restlessness
  • Not sleeping
  • Agitation
  • Aggressiveness
  • More vocal
  • Change in appetite

All of these are signs your pet is having a difficult time with the time change and may be in need of a little extra TLC from you. If spending extra time with them, cuddling or working on adjusting their routine to the time change does not help, it may be time to seek help from the doctor.

Are you still getting your wakeup call?  Feel free to give us a call and talk to one of our Doctors.  We will be happy to discuss more ways to get your furry one back on schedule!    

Are you ready for the Holiday Season?

     It’s that time of year again and there are so many things to do!  Making sure the luggage has wheels, passports are still current, guestrooms need a quick once over and the list goes on! Don’t forget to put the always important furry kids on your to do list also!

Here is a quick overview of some commonly forgotten pet-related holiday readiness items:

 

Allie massaging our boarding guest! Look at those hot pink nails!

Boarding:  Most boarding facilities require some vaccines and tests to be updated every 6 months.  Call and ask your pet care provider what they require. If your pet has medical needs, call and talk to the care provider to ensure they are capable of taking care of your pet.  If you are boarding at PAH, all of our boarding facilities are equipped for medical-boarding, just give us a call to set up the specifics for you loved one. Boarding facilities also fill up months in advance. Be sure to call now for the holidays.

Road trip:  Make sure you get a list of pet-friendly hotels on the route you are taking. New surroundings can excite your pet so before opening the car door, make sure your curious little one is secured before they try to bolt out the door! Call your pet-friendly hotel to confirm if your pet needs certain vaccinations, as well as to confirm they allow your pet’s breed.

Make sure you have your pets:

  • Vaccinations
  • Medical history and current medications
  • I.D. tags
  • Leash
  • Collar/harness

Plan your destination and see what local animal hospitals are near the freeway route you are taking.  Make a note of any 24 hour emergency hospital as well.

 

Appointment at the groomers:  Groomers get booked quickly.  You know your aunt has terrible allergies, so don’t wait until the last minute to get your pets groomed, trimmed, and washed. If you are a PAH client, you can always add a bath and nail trim onto to any appointment or make a special appointment.

Appointment with your Vet: Tell your pet’s doctor that your pet will be boarding or that you will be taking them with you on a road trip. If you know one of them is anxious, sensitive to change of diet, etc. speak with their doctor about options for reducing their anxiety.  If your pet is on medication or on a prescribed diet, make sure you have plenty as well.  If you are flying across the states and taking the furry kids with you, some airlines request a health certificate.  Your veterinarian will issue your pet’s health certificate as near to the date of travel as possible, but not more than 21 days before travel.  If you are unsure about the airline carrier’s protocols, give them a call or visit www.pettravel.com to get more information!

Staying home to host: Ensure that your guests are aware that there are certain foods that cannot be given to family pets. Check out our past blog  for a list of unsafe foods for pets. And remember, there is nothing more uncomfortable than having a family pet with a smelly coat and long nails loving and jumping on you, so be sure to give us a call for a bath and nail trim!

Whether you are traveling with your pets or having family come over to your home, there are matters at hand to be aware of.   Get ready and prepared now to save yourself the headache later. Our pets love to be involved in family activities and they should be -They are family!