A thorough physical examination is the most important part of your pet’s medical care. One of our doctors will review any pertinent medical history, information about diet, recent changes in the household, and relationships with other pets and humans. They will carefully assess all of your pet’s systems to detect any early evidence of potential problems from both a Western and Chinese medical perspective. The doctors will use this opportunity to discuss any recommendations about diet, behavior, and preventative medicine, and the address any specific questions or concerns that you may have.
Depending on physical exam findings and any changes that you may have noted in your pet’s health, activity, or behavior, the doctor may recommend various diagnostic procedures such as blood work, urinalysis, or fecal testing. If they feel that additional diagnostics such as x-rays or ultrasound would be helpful, they will make arrangements to have these performed at a clinic with which they work closely.
Acupuncture is very effective at treating a wide variety of common conditions and diseases in small animals. It is frequently used to treat pain associated with arthritis, back problems, and recovery from surgery. Other examples of conditions that may respond to acupuncture include:
- Musculoskeletal disorders: arthritis, disc disease, hip dysplasia, muscle spasms
- Gastrointestinal disorders: vomiting, diarrhea, constipation
- Respiratory problems: asthma, chronic cough, chronic sneezing
- Neurological disorders: epilepsy, deafness, chronic pain
- Adjunct to chemotherapy: decrease side effects of bone marrow suppression, nausea
- Urinary disorders: cystitis, incontinence, chronic renal failure
- Dermatological problems: lick granulomas, allergic dermatitis
- Behavioral problems: lick granulomas, aggression, anxiety
Prior to each treatment, the doctor will perform a thorough exam to ensure an accurate diagnosis from both a Western and Chinese perspective. Most animals tolerate the placement of the needles very well, and seem to feel relaxed as a result of the treatment. The doctor will recommend a frequency and duration of treatment according to your pet’s specific needs.
Cold Laser Therapy
Lotus now offers cold laser therapy! Cold laser therapy—also known as low level laser therapy—is a state-of-the-art technology that delivers light of a very specific wavelength into tissue to reduce pain and inflammation and to promote healing at the cellular level. It is extremely effective at treating back pain and arthritis, skin problems like hot-spots, reducing inflammation in the bladder, and can even help with chronic kidney disease by stimulating the cells in the kidney. It can also be used to stimulate acupuncture points for animals that don’t tolerate needles well. Cold laser therapy is completely safe and pain-free.
Chinese medicine is most effective when a combination of acupuncture and herbs is utilized. The doctor will most likely prescribe a formulation that combines several herbs according the specific Chinese medical diagnosis that they make for your pet.
The doctor may prescribe other medications, herbs, diets, or nutritional supplements that will address the specific needs of the individual animal.
Hospice care offers excellent quality of life for the times when medical intervention is no longer feasible. Our doctors and assistants focus on relief of any pain or discomfort by providing integrative supportive care which keeps your animal happy and healthy for as long as possible. Learn more about our animal hospice care.
The decision to say goodbye to a beloved friend is always an extremely difficult one. Our doctors will support you in this process, and ensure a passing that is peaceful and painless. Find our more about our humane euthanasia service, including a list of resources to help with this challenging transition.