FAQs

HOW DO I SCHEDULE MY APPOINTMENT?

Dr. Craig sees her El Paso patients on Wednesdays in El Paso at the Animal Emergency Center located at 1220 Airway. For those clients who cannot be seen on Wednesdays, she is also available at Solano Animal Clinic located at 537 N Solano Dr in Las Cruces, NM.

Please call 575-526-1672 to schedule your appointment at either facility. You can access and fill out the medical history questionnaire through our online webform. It is a VERY extensive medical history form. Conventional Modern Western Medicine relies on laboratory and diagnostic tests to make a medical diagnosis. Traditional Chinese Medicine relies on medical history and physical examination observations to make a pattern diagnosis. The more accurate the medical history, the more accurate the pattern diagnosis. Additionally, please provide us with all pertinent medical records and/or recent laboratory or diagnostic test results.

To make better use of Dr. Craig's time with your pet at the initial consult, provide us with the completed medical history form and the pertinent medical records to us at least two days BEFORE your pet's consultation. You may email these documents to info@dvmneedles.com or fax: 575-525-1605.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT IN THE FIRST APPOINTMENT?

The initial consultation involves an extensive review of the your pet's past and current medical history. To make the most of your time with Dr. Craig, please complete and return the extensive questionnaire BEFORE the consultation. Dr. Craig will perform a complete physical exam from both the Western and Eastern perspectives. Needle placement may or may not occur at the first appointment. Expect the first appointment to be a minimum of 90 minutes to as long as two hours. Additionally, you will be expected to help restrain your pet while Dr. Craig is examining your pet and placing the acupuncture needles.

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 patients 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.

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 beneficial for your pet's condition. Clients must be realistic about their expectations. We can't return normal function if the organ is not working. Acupuncture is not a panacea.

WHAT IS THE FEE STRUCTURE?

The initial two hour consultation fee is $150.00. This includes the review of the medical records, medical history, a physical examination from both the Eastern and Western approaches. While needle placement is included, in some cases needles are not placed, the fee will be the same. Follow up consultations are $95.00 and generally runs one hour. Additional fees are added for Laser therapy, supplement evaluation, and diet evaluation.

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. Consult with your primary veterinarian.