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.
Acupuncture involves the application of needles at specific points of the body to cause a desired healing effect. This technique has been used in veterinary practice in China for at least 3000 years to treat and prevent many ailments. Chinese medical philosophy describes the disease as the imbalance of Qi (energy) in the body, and acupuncture is believed to balance this energy. Recent studies of this ancient practice demonstrate that stimulating acupuncture points causes specific physiological changes in the body, including increasing blood circulation, relieving muscle spasms and releasing hormones.
What problems can acupuncture be used to treat?
Acupuncture is an excellent treatment for some diseases that are difficult to treat only with Western Medicine, and it is part of the many modalities that we use in rehabilitating lame or injured animals. Some of the conditions successfully treated with acupuncture are inflammatory bowel disease, kidney disease, arthritis pain, muscle pain and back and disc pain.
Will acupuncture be painful?
Needle placement is usually so quick that most animals barely notice. Once the needles are set, acupuncture causes the release of natural body endorphins which are very relaxing, block pain receptors and stimulate innate healing mechanisms. Most dogs and cats become relaxed after about 10 minutes and rest quietly for the treatment.
What side effects are associated with acupuncture?
The relaxation experienced by most patients is the main side effect of acupuncture and may continue for some time at home. In a few cases, a patient may be temporarily more lame or weak after a treatment. This effect should be short-lived and followed by improvement.
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 Monday, March 23, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 902.461.0951. We will take a history of your pet over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan over the phone and then return to your vehicle with your pet. Please ensure your pet has a properly fitted collar or is in a secure carrier. Please remove any additional clothing or blankets prior to our staff handling our patients to minimize risk to our team.
2. We are still OPEN but are now working in two shifts with reduced hours, reduced staff numbers and a need to close for extensive cleaning between shifts. Tuesday to Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
3. 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 hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.
4. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus. You may see our team members wearing additional protective gear when interacting with our clients and patients.
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 Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives Inc.