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Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into specific points that are located over areas rich in vessels and nerves on the body. The needles stimulate the underlying tissues and activate the pain inhibitory system. Messages are sent up to the brain resulting in the body’s release of neurotransmitters, which temporarily block pain. Changes in blood flow occur, which regulates circulation and so the body’s immune function is enhanced.

Occasionally, animals may react to the small jab of the needle, but in general they do not respond at all and actually become relaxed during the treatment.

Acupuncture has minimal risk and complications are easily avoided when a trained veterinarian is performing the treatments.

Dr. Shinn provides acupuncture services.

Acupuncture can treat:

An acupuncture exam often involves an in-depth health history analysis, including a discussion of what environmental and emotional situations may be affecting your pet’s condition and overall personality. The physical exam involves palpation of certain acupuncture points and can include evaluation of tongue color and pulse quality.

Since it is a complement to western medicine, all animals should have a complete and thorough workup and be treated medically or surgically, as appropriate, before seeking acupuncture.

Nutritional Counseling

Pets are living longer, healthier lives than ever before and part of that success is due to our expanded knowledge of the importance of proper nutrition. Nutrition is one of the biggest health variables controlled by a pet’s caregiver.

During your pet’s comprehensive physical examination we evaluate his or her body condition and give recommendations based on what we see.

For most pets, our recommendations will include information on proper serving size and other feeding strategies to maintain optimal body weight and nutritional health. We will also help you wade through the claims made by pet food producers so you can make the most informed choice.

Prescription Diets

Some pets have more serious nutritional challenges or chronic conditions that can benefit from a special diet. Suppose we identify an issue in your pet. In that case, we will offer advice and provide information about diets that benefit specific medical conditions, such as liver disease, bladder and kidney stones, renal failure, food allergies, diabetes, and other conditions.

We carry a small selection of specific prescription diets, but we also participate in Hill’s to Home, Royal Canin, and Purina home delivery services. Plus, you can always order through our online pharmacy and have food and medications shipped directly to you!

Puppy and Obedience Classes

Obedience training doesn’t solve all behavior problems, but should be the foundation for appropriate behavior. Training can also open communication between you and your puppy.

Key topics can include:

Our goal is to enrich your relationship and make living together more enjoyable. A well-trained dog is more confident and can more safely be allowed a greater amount of freedom than an untrained one.

Note: Pitman Animal Hospital does not directly offer puppy and obedience classes but would be happy to make recommendations.

Difficult Choices, Compassionate Answers

Euthanasia and tending to your pets’ remains are two of the most difficult issues for many people to consider. Asking the question means confronting fear, grief and even guilt.

Euthanasia methods are designed to cause minimal pain and distress. Talk to us about pet euthanasia long before it becomes an issue. Find out about your options, make some key decisions ahead of time, and ask us to add this information to your pet’s chart.

Taking the time to plan, as challenging as it may be, will lessen the pain and discomfort for you and your pet in the event this option ever has to be considered. Ask us about our crematory services.

All of us at Pitman Animal Hospital will help you prepare for these important issues with the compassion and sensitivity they deserve.

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