General Questions

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT IN THE FIRST APPOINTMENT?

The initial consultation includes reviewing your pet's medical history, performing a physical exam based on Eastern teachings, and treating your pet using acupuncture.  Needle placement is preferred, but for some patients, laser acupuncture is our only option. The first appointment is scheduled for two hours.  You will be expected to restrain your pet while I examine and treat your pet. 

HOW OFTEN? HOW MANY TREATMENTS?

The initial consultation is ninety minutes to two hours long. Subsequent consultations are one-hour appointments. Actual needle retention time is 20 to 30 minutes. The normal treatment protocol involves weekly visits for a minimum of four treatments. With a positive response, the duration between the treatments is lengthened to two-week intervals for a few sessions, then three-week intervals for a few sessions, then four-week intervals, etc.
The number of treatments is influenced by the type of disorder, the severity of the symptoms, and the patient's response to the acupuncture sessions. For the majority of patients, regular maintenance sessions are every four to eight weeks. In some patients, treatments are suspended until the reappearance of symptoms. This is more common with patients who are amenable to taking herbal formulations.
I advise clients to “mentally” commit to at least FOUR appointments, usually one week apart. If no results are seen within four appointments, acupuncture may not be the best modality of treatment for your pet. At the fourth follow-up appointment, I will evaluate the level of resp9onse and together we will decide how to move forward.

HOW SOON SHOULD I EXPECT MY PET TO RESPOND TO THE ACUPUNCTURE SESSIONS?

The response to the acupuncture treatment and/or herbs is dependent on many variables. The two most important are chronicity and severity of the medical condition. The more chronic or more severe the condition, the more out of balance the body is, and the longer it will take to respond. In the majority of my patients, I have seen some improvement by the third or fourth treatment. If I do not see any improvement by the fourth session, acupuncture may not be the best modality of treatment for your pet. Clients must be realistic about their expectations. While acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine is productive in most medical conditions, acupuncture is not a panacea. 

WHAT IS THE FEE STRUCTURE?

El Paso Clients:
The initial two-hour consultation fee is $150.00. The initial fee includes the review of the medical records, review of the medical history, a physical examination from the Eastern perspective, acupuncture treatment by either needle or laser. There have been rare medical conditions where I may elect not to treat.  Should this occur, the fee will be the same. Follow up consultations for the same condition (0ne hour) is $95.00. Follow up consultations for a new, different condition is $120.00. Additional charges for electroacupuncture, laser therapy, supplement evaluation, and food therapy will apply. Depending on location, some Westside El Paso residents may opt for a house call appointment, for an additional $10.00 travel fee.
Las Cruces Clients
The initial two-hour consultation fee is $150.00 plus tax.*All Las Cruces appointments are housecall appointments. The initial fee includes the travel time, review of the medical records, review of the medical history, a physical examination from the Eastern perspective, acupuncture treatment by either needle or laser. There have been rare medical conditions where I may elect not to treat. Should this occur, the fee will be the same. Follow up consultations for the same condition (0ne hour) is $100.00 plus tax*. Follow up consultations for a new, different condition is $120.00. Additional charges for electroacupuncture, laser therapy, supplement evaluation, and food therapy will apply.
*NM requires sales tax on all services.

 

PHONE OR EMAIL CONSULTATIONS

I schedule appointments on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  I am available on these three days by phone or text (915) 276 - 8597 or email info@dvmneedles.com Because I am seeing appointments throughout the day,  do not expect an immediate response. I will check and respond to all texts and email by 8:00 PM. If your pet has a medical emergency, do NOT wait for my reply, CONTACT your primary veterinarian IMMEDIATELY.
This is not to say that you cannot email me on any other day. I can only guarantee that I will respond to your text or email on Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Thursday unless I am out of town. You can always leave a text or email requesting filling a prescription, making an appointment, etc., and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Once again, if you have a medical emergency, do NOT wait for my reply, CONTACT your primary veterinarian IMMEDIATELY.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY PET HAS A MEDICAL EMERGENCY?

DVMNeedles is not a full-service clinic. While acupuncture is helpful in emergency situations, conventional modern medicine is best. For all medical emergencies, consult with your primary veterinarian IMMEDIATELY.