Are you looking for an integrative or holistic veterinary center that offers acupuncture for pets near you?
The rise in popularity of acupuncture as a non-invasive, relaxing, and natural treatment for human ailments benefits our furry companions, too. Currently, pet acupuncture is considered more “traditional” than ever, especially as well-respected organizations such as PetMD and the AKC’s Pet Insurance program tout its benefits.
Acupuncture can be a safe alternative to medications or more invasive treatment options – like surgery – and works in tandem with other treatments to increase their efficacy. The key is to find an experienced veterinarian, licensed and certified to perform acupuncture in their clinic or office.
Give Your Pet the Gift of Local Acupuncture Treatments
Here are 5 tips on how to give your pet the acupuncture gift that keeps on giving in terms of increased physical and emotional wellbeing.
1. Search “acupuncture for pets near me”
First, type “acupuncture for pets near me” or “acupuncture for pets in (insert your city name)” and see what comes up.
Do note that Google and other search engines prioritize paid advertisement results (noted by the visible “Ad” box). While a top position in the search engine results pages is a good sign of a business’s professional, online reputation and good reviews, it could also mean they paid for that spot – and that doesn’t necessarily make them the best fit for your pet.
Take the time to review several websites, and “feel” how each one resonates with you. As you review them, consider:
- Do they have “real” pictures of their staff, facility, and clients/patients – or is it clear the photos are purchased, “fake” representations?
- Does the content sound natural and address the issues or concerns you have as a pet owner?
- Do you feel drawn to one veterinarian center over another?
- Are their website pages and blogs current, and is the content relevant, informative, and educational?
The majority of actions required to keep your pet healthy take place at home. Vets should encourage and support patients’ human companions in remaining educated and informed.
2. Look for veterinarians that consider themselves integrated or holistic practitioners
You’d be surprised how many veterinarians write content about acupuncture for pets, but don’t offer qualified, certified acupuncture services. This is because they know people are looking for acupuncture services, but aren’t trained and experienced enough to offer them in the expert way acupuncture and other alternative healing modalities are utilized by integrative veterinarians.
Read, Holistic Vets Use the Best of Western & Eastern Medicine, to learn more about integrative veterinary medicine and how it makes for happier, healthier pets.
3. Review their content and information about acupuncture
If you find a veterinarian who advertises acupuncture treatments, continue perusing their website to learn all you can about the treatments and what they’re like. If you can’t find much, or they aren’t producing content supporting their acupuncture offerings, it may mean they’re not as serious about it as other prospective vet centers on your list.
Look for content that includes:
- How acupuncture works to support holistic pet health, backed up by links to current research and verifiable statistics
- Information about the conditions, diseases, or ailments most commonly treated by acupuncture (including but not limited to arthritis, cancer, hip dysplasia, pain management, post-surgical healing, pet allergies, or to reduce anxiety)
- Blogs, instructional materials, or videos on how you can further support or treat your pet at home.
4. Ask if they are FEAR-free Certified
Does your dog or cat show signs of fear, stress, or shame when you visit the vet? This is not uncommon, but it’s completely unnecessary. Veterinarian offices were historically designed with human clients, rather than pet patients in mind, and that included the way staff, vet techs and veterinarians themselves interact with the animals entrusted into their care.
Proof of FEAR-free Certification is a sign your veterinarian clinic is doing everything possible to diminish pet stress, fear, anxiety, and discomfort. Then, it works to help your pet look forward to veterinary visits. Read, The Fear-Free Difference in Veterinary Medicine, to learn more about this innovative, common-sense approach to pet care.
5. Make sure they meet the criteria on your veterinarian checklist
The best way to find the right vet for you and your pet is to make a checklist that includes everything you’re looking for – as well as a format for comparing apples-to-apples when shopping for vets.
We’re happy to share our Checklist for Choosing the Right Santa Rosa Veterinarian For Your Pets, and you can always add an additional box for “a vet that offers acupuncture for pets near me,” to the list.
Are you located in the Santa Rosa or surrounding Sonoma County area? Contact Wise & Wonderful Integrative Veterinary Center to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our acupuncture services.