FAQs

HOW DO I SCHEDULE MY APPOINTMENT?

Dr. Craig sees 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. Although (915) 276-8597 is DVMNeedles' El Paso number, phoning my Solano Animal Clinic at (575)-526-1672 will get you a more prompt response to schedule your appointment at either facility.

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 detailed and accurate the medical history, the more accurate the pattern diagnosis, and the better the response to the acupuncture treatment.

All clients are required to fill out a medical history form BEFORE the appointment is scheduled. This is done for two reasons. One, it allows Dr. Craig to become familiar with your pet's medical condition before her physical exam. Two, it allows us to spend more time at the initial appointment to examine and treat your pet. You can access the medical history questionnaire through our online web form. If for some reason you have difficulty accessing the form, email us at info@dvmneedles.com and request a pdf form. The medical form VERY extensive. Once again, please take the time necessary to fill out the form completely. An old saying comes to mind, "Garbage in, Garbage out".

Additionally, it is always helpful for Dr. Craig to review your pet's medical records and recent laboratory or diagnostic test results that are pertinent to your pet's medical condition. You or your veterinarian can email these documents to info@dvmneedles.com

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT IN THE FIRST APPOINTMENT?

The initial consultation involves reviewing your pet's medical history with you, performing a complete Eastern physical exam, discussing her findings, and treating your pet. 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 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.

Dr. Craig suggests clients “mentally” commit to at least three follow-up appointments (usually one week apart) after the initial consult. 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, Dr. Craig will discuss her assessment with you and together we will decide how to move forward.  additional treatments are helping and how often to schedule.

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?

The initial two-hour consultation fee is $150.00. This includes the review of the medical records, medical history, and a physical examination from the Eastern perspective. While needle placement is included, in some situations, needles are not placed, and the fee will be the same. Follow up consultations are $95.00, generally one hour. Additional fees are added for electroacupuncture, aser 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.