Frequently Asked Questions
Acupuncture is a safe non-invasive integrative therapy in which very thin needles are placed along certain points on the body, called acupuncture points. In Traditional Chinese medicine these points correlate with particular meridians , or energy channels, in the body. Stimulating these points can help restore blood flood, as well as decrease inflammation and pain by reducing energetic blockages and allowing Qi to flow more smoothly. Qi is the life force or animating energy that inhabits all living beings. The needles are placed superficially into the skin, seldom causing discomfort. If there is any discomfort upon placing a needle, generally this subsides. If not, then other appropriate points or modalities are chosen.
Acupuncture can help treat issues including, but not limited to, musculoskeletal disease such as arthritis or cruciate disease, neurologic diseases such as seizures, skin issues, behavioral disorders, and digestive issues. Keep in mind that diet, lifestyle, and environment play a significant role in our pet’s health. If your pet is not already on a fresh food diet, Dr. Fryburg will discuss her recommendations regarding what may best to support your pet. She will also review their lifestyle and environment to see if there are any potential factors contributing to their health issues.
Generally speaking, acupuncture doesn’t hurt. Every now and then there may be a pet that just won’t tolerate needles. If this is the case we can discuss other modalities or therapies that may be of benefit to your animal. How often your pet receives acupuncture will depend upon many factors: how long the condition has been present, what type of condition, age of pet, diet, etc. Chronic conditions may need to be treated every other week or weekly, initially. This can be discussed further at the visit. For weekly acupuncture visits a discounted rate may apply, depending upon the length of the visits.
At your first appointment a detailed history is taken, followed by a TCVM and Western traditional examination, and lastly acupuncture (+/- aquapuncture), and Tuina. This visit also includes a nutritional survey which you will be asked to fill out prior to your pet’s appointment. Depending upon Dr. Fryburg’s evaluation, diet changes and/or herbs and supplements to support your pet may be recommended. The initial appointment takes approximately 1.5 hours, followed up with an email regarding any recommendations made during the session. Follow up acupuncture appointments generally last about 45 minutes, and also include a follow up email if any changes were made to your pet’s regimen. Keep in mind, you may be asked to hold onto your pet during the exam and while needles are placed. Needles are left in for roughly 20 minutes. During this time the animal is free to roam around, although it’s not uncommon for your pet to fall asleep during the exam. Chairs are provided for your comfort so you will not need to sit on the floor with Dr. Fryburg while she places needles. During the actual needling process Dr. Fryburg may not speak much or at all. She likes to put her focus on your pet, tuning into their energy and where they are needing support. After the needles are placed there will be time to ask questions and discuss Dr. Fryburg’s findings and recommendations. On occasion an animal may shake, in which case the needles may come out early. This doesn’t mean they haven’t done their job!
Keep in mind your pet’s health challenges probably didn’t occur overnight, nor will they necessarily resolve quickly, especially when taking a more holistic approach. While conventional therapy certainly has it’s place, medications may suppress a symptom, while not always addressing the underlying issue. This can give a false sense that the problem has resolved and give us the impression of a “quick fix”. When taking a more “whole-istic” approach, in some cases a diet change may be all that is needed. In others, acupuncture alone may do the trick. Then there may be those cases that need a combination of food therapy, environmental changes, acupuncture, and supplements. Each pet is different, as is the timeline and results for healing. I can speak from my own healing journey that it’s been a process and still is. There can be many layers involved depending upon the severity and chronicity of disease, and it may take several months to start seeing an improvement in health. Sometimes it’s a matter of making your pet more comfortable and symptoms manageable, even if we can’t get them back to a full state of health. If at any point Dr. Fryburg feels like she’s exhausted all her efforts she will do everything in her power to get your pet the help it needs. She will also be clear and transparent if she feels that palliative care is the best option at that time.
Services are provided in Dr. Fryburg’s home office, offering animals and pet parents with a quiet peaceful setting that often can’t be found in a veterinary hospital. Upon request mobile services may be available, but are limited. These mobile services are reserved for patients &/or pet parents that are unable to travel well or for services provided before or at the time of euthanasia. Keep in mind there will be a travel fee which varies depending upon your location.
No, Dr. Fryburg does not prescribe medication, including heartworm prevention or flea/tick prevention. However, she may suggest particular supplements or herbs that could support your pet’s health.
No, Dr. Fryburg does not provide vaccinations or diagnostics tests including, but not limited to, bloodwork, fecal tests, heartworm testing, radiographs, ultrasounds, etc. You will need to see your regular traditional veterinarian for this. She may, however, recommend vaccine titers in lieu of vaccines depending upon your pet’s age, lifestyle, and health.