What to Expect at Your First Visit:
Our goal is to promote the quality of life and longevity of your animal friends. Our holistic approach is most effective when used preventively to keep your pets the healthy athletes that they are by nature. Your pet’s first visit will take approximately one hour. The doctor with take a complete history of your pet, perform a physical exam, range of motion exam, tongue, pulse and acupoint evaluation. Using this information, a treatment plan will be developed utilizing treatments to support your pets immune system and organs. Through restoring the normal functioning of your pet’s healing mechanisms, improvements in their health will become more easily maintained over time with few risks of side effects. Most patients respond favorably within the first few treatments. As a rule of thumb, the longer the problem has been going on, the longer it will take to see a response. Improvement to treatments like acupuncture and chiropractic are usually rapid, with the effects wearing off over time. Improvements to supplements, diet change and exercise tend to be gradual and you are likely to notice little things first, like an increase in the time your pet can tolerate walking or increased desire to play. By combining treatments and supplements, your pet’s health will improve more quickly while reducing the frequency needed of ongoing treatments.
Our practice offers outpatient services focusing on holistic modalities. We provide wellness care to help support healthy animals and non-urgent care for animals experiencing health issues. We offer routine annual exams, nutritional consultations, constitutional herbal support, homeopathy, bodywork, vaccine titers, vaccinations and parasite screening. Our office does not offer radiographs, surgery, acute care, hospitalization or any service that requires sedation.
Acupuncture: Acupuncture has a cumulative effect. Many patients will show improvement after one or two sessions of acupuncture. For sports injuries and other minor illnesses, one or two sessions may completely resolve the issue. For more chronic conditions it may take four to six treatments to see significant improvement. We typically recommend one treatment per week for the first 4-6 weeks for chronic conditions. Once the patient is showing strong improvements between sessions, the time between treatments is increased until either the condition resolves or a maintenance interval is reached.
Chinese Herbal Medicine: Chinese Veterinary Herbal Medicine is a component of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). After reaching a TCVM diagnosis, we will likely recommend one or two Chinese herbal formulas. The herbal formulas are specific to the pattern that your pet presents with. There are many herbal formulas that are used to treat any given western diagnosis and the choice of a Chinese herbal medication depends on both the TCVM and the western diagnosis. Diseases or disorders are diagnosed and treated based on the functional abnormalities (pattern) in the patient (too dry, too moist, too hot, too cold, poor circulation, etc.) and not by conventional diagnostics per se. These patterns are determined by clinical signs and physical examination findings, including observation of the tongue, palpation of the pulse (using the femoral artery) and testing acupoints for sensitivity. This is why it is so important for the patient to be physically examined by the veterinarian who is dispensing the Chinese herbal formula. As a patient undergoes treatment with acupuncture and Chinese herbs, the TCVM pattern may change although the western diagnosis remains the same. When this happens the herbal prescription/recommendation will change. It is not uncommon for a patient's herbal medications to change multiple times over the course of treatment as their condition improves. Once an initial prescription is made, Dr. Marinho will re-evaluate your pet about 2 weeks later to check for favorable changes in their tongue, pulse and acupoints. Your pet will continue to have periodic rechecks depending on the severity of their condition and signs of improvement until their condition is cured.
Chiropractic: In animal chiropractic, the veterinarian examines the mobility or motion capability of all the joints in the spine and limbs. Areas of restricted movement are gently manipulated to improve their range of motion. You may notice immediate improvement, or it may take a few adjustments before you notice an improvement. We prefer that your animal friend has had radiographs +/- other diagnostic tests such as an MRI done prior to your visit. You may be referred to a specialist before any adjustments depending on the exam.
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You can also send us an email with a day you would like along with morning or afternoon preference and we will respond within 24 hours.
Thank you and we look forward to meeting you and your animal friends.
Initial consultation with exam $260
Initial consultation with treatment (acupuncture, chiropractic, psychomotor, massage or Reiki) $315
Recheck exam $68
Follow-up acupuncture treatments $168
Follow-up chiropractic, massage or Reiki $110
Follow-up psychomotor $158
Therapeutic laser treatment $42
Case evaluations/consultations via phone or email $47 for brief and $95 for extended