Frequently Asked Questions
Here you’ll find a list of our frequently asked questions both about our general practice and our specific services. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us at any time.
Will my pet sit still for treatment?
Yes. Most pets find many of the treatments relaxing and enjoyable. If not, their owner or a staff member will sit with them.
How often will my pet need to visit?
We like to see the patient every 1-2 weeks for three treatments, assess their response and make a treatment plan moving forward. Getting to the root of the problem and the holistic healing process can take time. Additionally, prescription medicines can mask the problems or current issues your pet has and make them more difficult to find in the beginning.
Why do I still need to keep my general practitioner vet while my pet is in your care?
Our staff veterinarians each have over 10 years of experience in conventional medicine, but have found tremendous value in dedicating time to strengthening our practice in all modalities of holistic medicine. The greatest goes to our patients, who directly benefit from an enhancement of our experience and services.
Your general practitioner will still need to be kept close to handle any surgeries, x-rays, medical emergencies, vaccines or to prescribe any pharmaceutical treatments for your pet.
Should I see Blue Sage Veterinary Wellness, if I am already taking my pet to a general practitioner?
The best medicine is a solid integration of holistic with conventional. Your general practitioner looks to cure immediate symptoms and diseases within your pet, while a holistic vet would look for the root cause of an issue and develop a treatment plan based on the needs of the whole individual.
There are also issues that may arise that your general practitioner cannot address, such as spinal adjustments or dietary needs, while a holistic vet will not be able to assist you if your pet needed emergency care or surgery.
Is Acupuncture Safe for My Pet?
YES. Acupuncture is one of the safest forms of medical treatments for animals when administered by a properly trained veterinarian. NOTE: Acupuncture is considered a surgical procedure by law in most states. Anyone performing acupuncture on your pet should be a licensed veterinarian, certified in acupuncture.
Does Acupuncture Hurt My Pet?
In almost all cases, no. While extremely fine needles are used in the procedure, they are virtually painless and do not cause discomfort or harm your pet. Every once in awhile, a muscle or nerve may react positively to the insertion and cause a dull pinch or what could be compared to a very mild static charge, but once the needles are in place, there should be no pain at all. Many pets enjoy acupuncture as it relaxes them and even causes them to become sleepy.
Will My Pet Sit Still for Acupuncture?
Yes, most pets will. They will enjoy the calm and comfort of one of our patient suites, which include beds and couches to help your pet relax and feel at home. Other pets are quite happy sitting in their owner’s lap as the procedure is taking place.
How Many Treatments will my Pet Need?
It depends on what your pet is being treated for. Some issues may be resolved with as little as one treatment. Other, more chronic issues may take several treatments over a period of time for the best results. Treatments can last between 30-60 minutes each. Some people get acupuncture for their pets every few months as a routine maintenance, to help keep them in optimal health!
Are there any Side Effects from Acupuncture?
Side effects from acupuncture are rare, but they do exist. Your pet may have some mild soreness, or may be sleepy for the remainder of the day. Both are indications that physiological changes are taking place, and an indication that the acupuncture is doing it’s job… to stimulate your pet’s body systems and promote healing!
What Types of Pets Can Receive Acupuncture?
Dogs, cats, horses are the patients seen most commonly by animal acupuncturists, but they aren’t the only pets receiving treatment! Others include, but are not limited to goats, cows, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets and sheep.
Are there Different Types of Acupuncture?
Yes. While standard acupuncture methods utilize a dry needle, there are other forms of acupuncture that your pet may receive including aqua-acupuncture, where liquids such as saline or vitamin B-12 are injected into the acupuncture point, or electrical acupuncture, where the needles are connected with electrical leads which help to stimulate the needles for increased pain reduction. Both are painless and provide great benefits to your pet.
Animal Chiropractic FAQ
Who is the Ideal Candidate for Chiropractic Care?
All animals at Any Age. Prevention is the best medicine. Young, old and growing pets can benefit from the maintenance of proper alignment. Because of the benefits that maintaining proper spinal health in your pet can have on their complete wellness, any pet is a candidate for a chiropractic adjustment or checkup, not just pets that are showing symptoms. Not only should chiropractic be used to help your pet with specific issues as they arise, but utilized by owners on a regular basis as a preventative and maintenance to help their pet maintain the highest quality of life possible.
Like any athlete, pets that are extremely active, such as ones that compete/show, are excellent candidates for routine checkups and adjustments, being at higher risk for injury, misalignment, or damage due to overuse.
Pets most commonly adjusted, but not limited to, are dogs, cats and horses.
Does it hurt my pet?
No. The veterinarians at Blue Sage take special care to make sure that all adjustment techniques are administered as gently and painlessly as possible. There are cases where your pet’s current condition may be causing them discomfort that may be agitated during adjustment, but the adjustments themselves do not typically hurt.
Most animals are extremely aware of their own issues and body, and for this reason, can be very tolerant of receiving adjustments. At times they even manipulate their own stance to help the chiropractor better address the issue.
How Many Treatments Will My Pet Need?
It depends on what they are treated for. All animals, especially older ones and pets that live extremely active lifestyles can benefit from a routine checkup, but how many treatments needed to address a specific issue depends on what it is. Some issues can be fixed in one or two sessions, while other issues may need regular adjustments to maintain optimal health and comfort for your pet.
Who Administers Chiropractic Treatment in my Pet?
Only licensed chiropractors or veterinarians who have completed a certification from an accredited animal chiropractic school should be allowed to adjust your pet. At Blue Sage, experienced, spinal manipulation certified vets are ready to help your pet with their every chiropractic need.
Laser Surgery FAQ
Does it hurt my pet?
No. The procedure is non-invasive and creates a warming sensation within your pet that they actually tend to find comforting and enjoyable.
How Many Sessions and How Long Does it Take?
Depends on what is being treated and your pet’s response to the treatment. Pets can see results in as little as one session or 12-14 hours, while other more chronic or deep rooted conditions may take as many as five to ten treatments to help clear up an issue. Treatments can take between 10-30 minutes each.
Herbal Medicine FAQ
Are there any side effects?
Chinese herbs are safe and effective when prescribed by a certified and experienced physician. If any side effects are seen at all, it’s usually seen in the form of mild vomiting or diarrhea, which stops immediately after the medication has been discontinued. This is not an uncommon occurrence at any time changes are made in your pets diet.
How long does it take to see the effects from herbal medications and treatments?
Depends on the animal’s response, his current condition and what he’s being treated for. It can take 3-14 days and sometimes longer for the full benefits.
How are herbal medications administered to my pet?
Depending on the herbs, they come in a powder, pill or tablet that is easily given with or mixed into your pet’s food.