Acupuncture refers to placing small needles in very specific anatomic locations with the goal to have a therapeutic effect. It can be used as part of an integrative approach for many medical problems. Acupuncture is an ancient component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and has been around for more than 3000 years. In TCM the patient is seen as a whole organism with interconnected energy. Western Medicine (traditional veterinary medicine) views the animal in terms of its specific body systems. Both TCM and Western Medicine have many benefits. Integrative medicine is a combination of TCM and Western Medicine.
At the Wellington Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Tracey Jensen uses acupuncture along with Western Medicine to treat many conditions, but especially chronic pain conditions such as arthritis. Acupuncture points are very specific anatomic places that are usually close to nerves, arteries and veins – the communication channels of the body. By inserting needles into these points we can manipulate the sensation of pain (decrease it) and influence the secretion of many hormones that have systemic effects. Acupuncture points can also be stimulated by heat (moxa) and mild electrical stimulation (ES).
In addition to traditional veterinary school training Dr. Jensen also obtained her Veterinary Medical Acupuncture Certification at Colorado State University. She is trained in “neuroanotomic acupuncture”, which has less emphasis on the “energy” and more emphasis on the nervous system using an evidence based approach. If you’d like to discuss how acupuncture works on a neuro-physiologic level, or to learn if acupuncture could be helpful for your pet please call our office to talk with Dr. Jensen.
When Can Acupuncture Be Used?
Acupuncture is often used for chronic conditions when conventional medicine alone hasn’t worked or is unsafe for that particular pet. For example, if your pet has kidney or liver disease they may not be able to take certain pain medications for arthritis. Acupuncture can be a great adjunctive or alternative therapy. See the list of conditions below to see if your pet’s condition might be helped!
It is very important to have a good diagnosis of your pet’s specific situation. This is important to know if acupuncture could be beneficial and to help plan the most effective treatment. Dr. Jensen frequently combines acupuncture treatments with traditional western medical treatments.
What To Expect During A Treatment
Acupuncture treatments are generally soothing to the animal. During a session, needles are inserted into specific places (acupuncture points) and are left in for 10 – 20 minutes. Most animals don’t have any outward reactions to this and many get very sleepy or relaxed. In some cases Dr. Jensen uses electro-acupuncture to increase the stimulation to the needles with mild electrical stimulation. It may take multiple treatments to see the effects of acupuncture, and anyone interested in testing it’s efficacy should commit to at least 3 – 4 sessions. Since treatments are often calming, it is normal for most patients to be sleepy for several hours after a session of acupuncture. Studies show that acupuncture works well in about 75% of patients.
List of Conditions
Acupuncture treats a lot more than painful conditions! Acupuncture has promise for helping any pet that has a reversible or painful condition.
○ Pain: muscular tension, neck and back pain, neuropathic pain, soft tissue pain, bony pain, cancer pain
○ Gastrointestinal diseases: chronic diarrhea, constipation, vomiting
○ Skin problems: skin lesions, wounds and acral lick granulomas!
○ Eye problems: best for keratoconjunctivitis sicca but also may help in other eye conditions
○ Neurologic disease: especially epilepsy and seizure cases
○ Respiratory tract: laryngeal paralysis, seasonal allergic rhinitis, asthma, and possibly reverse sneezes
○ Urinary issues: incontinence, recurring urinary tract infections
○ Immune system: immune function boosts & autoimmune conditions
Canine & Feline Wellness
To ensure that your puppy or kitten receives complete preventative care to protect against disease, we offer vaccine packages tailored to your puppy or kittens needs. These packages provide thorough medical exams, intestinal parasite control, and all vaccines needed to maintain good health. We will also sit down with you and discuss nutrition for optimal growth, house and litterbox training, socialization, behavioral concerns or any other questions you may have.
○ Puppy and Kitten series visits consist of:
○ Comprehensive Physical Exam
○ Internal parasite (worm) testing, prevention, and treatment
Puppy: Parvovirus, Distemper, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, Adenovirus, Rabies, Bordetella
Kitten: Calicivirus, Rhinotracheitis, Feline Leukemia, Rabies, Herpevirus, Panleukopenia
○ Pet owner counseling regarding pet care, housebreaking, behavior problems and socialization.
In order to maintain optimal health in your adult pet we recommend the following preventative health care annually.
○ Comprehensive Physical Exam
○ Internal parasite (worm) testing, prevention, and treatment
○ Nutrition Counseling and Weight Management
○ Proactive Dental Health
○ Flea and Tick Prevention
○ Counseling regarding pet care, behavior problems and socialization.
○ Heartworm Testing and Prevention (canine)
○ DA2PP to protect against Distemper, Canine Hepatitis/Adenovirus
○ Canine Parainfluenza, Leptospirosis, Canine Parvovirus
○ Bordetella vaccine (for kennel cough), depending on your pet’s risk assessment
○ Rabies vaccine, administered every 3 years after the intial booster series
○ Feline Leukemia and FIV testing, depending on your cat’s risk assessment (feline)
○ Feline Distemper to protect against feline respiratory diseases (Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus) and Panleukopenia (Distemper)
○ ○ Feline Leukemia, depending on your cat’s risk assessment
○ Rabies vaccine, administered every yearly after the initial booster series
Our pets age much more in one year than we do. Because of the changes associated with aging we recommend a twice yearly exam when your pet reaches their senior years.
○ Comprehensive Physical Exams (every 6 months)
○ Joint Health
○ Nutritional Needs and Weight Management
○ Dental Health Concerns
○ Laboratory Diagnostics to aid in early disease detection
○ Glaucoma Screening
○ Blood Pressure Measurement
○ ECG for Heart Health
○ Skin and Haircoat Changes
○ Behavioral Changes
Our in-house laboratory and state of the art ultrasound and radiology equipment allow us to quickly and thoroughly evaluate your pet’s health, even in critical cases where time is of the essence.
Our facilities include:
○ Fully equipped laboratory
○ Ultrasound services
○ Full x-ray department
○ Electrocardiogram (ECG)
Oral health increases your pet’s wellbeing, adds to its longevity and makes it more pleasant to be around. Our dental services include:
○ Complimentary Oral Evaluations by our highly trained Technicians
○ Dental cleaning, polishing and fluoride treatments
○ Digital Dental x-rays
○ Surgical Extractions
○ Fracture repair
Dear Dr. Jensen:
Ellie has been on a 1/3 to 2/3 mix of RC Dental since 12/03/13. I had just bought a large bag of the usual Canidae ‘all life stages’ when we started the new food, so am still well stocked with it. I noticed that she immediately had a more vigorous appetite with the mix. Initially she picked out the pieces of RC Dental & ate them first but then she started eating the previous food with much more enthusiasm as well. I am impressed by the changes in her teeth and gums. There is less odor from gums and less blood when I brush her teeth. She looks forward to eating for the first time in the four years I have had her, and waits by the bowl in the morning. Her appetite is so changed that she would overeat if given the chance, I believe. We are on our second 7.7# bag of RC and I am impressed.
Thank You Dr Jensen, Rich
The most up to date anesthesia and surgical equipment allows us to perform many routine and non-routine surgical services while ensuring your pet’s safety and comfort.
○ Spay or neuter surgery
○ Lacerations and abscesses
○ Tumor removal
○ Orthopedic (bone) surgery
○ Abdominal surgery
○ Ear / eye surgeries
○ Reproductive surgery
○ Oral / periodontal surgery
○ Anesthesia recovery ICU
○ Advanced pre and post op pain control
○ Advanced Monitoring Equipment
○ Dedicated Anesthetic Nurse
Proper grooming is an important part of keeping your pet hygienic, healthy, and happy. We have an expert groomer on staff that can help with any grooming needs your dog or cat has!
The Veterinarians and staff of Wellington Veterinary Hospital believe in preventive wellness. This is accomplished through routine comprehensive exams, vaccinations, parasite prevention, good oral health and client education encompassing nutrition and behavior.
We also understand the financial concerns of wanting to provide the best for your pet and the challenges of fitting that yearly or twice yearly visit into your already tight budgets.
Our preventive care payment plans are designed to provide all of the annual preventive recommendations from our veterinarians to you with an affordable monthly payment. Your pet will receive comprehensive care exams twice a year.
To enroll your pet and have the peace of mind you are providing the best care please call our office at 970-372-5816 for information about signing up.