MAINTAINING HEALTH THROUGH BALANCE AND HARMONY
Acupuncture is one of the four branches of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). That has been practiced for over 3000 years. It is a way to “rebalance bodily disharmonies” by placing needles at defined points on the body surface. The goal of acupuncture is to maximize function of the musculoskeletal system and internal organs and minimize pain.
Q. How long does an appointment last?
A. Initial visit is approximately 1 ½ hours, and we get to know you and your pet. Follow-up visits last approximately 45-60 minutes. Frequency of follow up visits are determined by your pets response to treatment.
Q. Does it hurt? Is it painful?
A. Acupuncture treatment is very safe and painless when administered by a certified Veterinary acupuncturist.
Q. What conditions does acupuncture treat?
A. Acupuncture helps treat a variety of conditions that can affect your pet’s health including: muscle soreness, back pain, disc problems, joint disease, gastric ulcers, seizures, Cushing’s disease, hypothyroidism, renal failure, skin problems, and much more.
Q. My pet sometimes needs restraint at the vet. Can acupuncture still be performed?
A. Yes! Most pets are very calm and even fall asleep during acupuncture treatments. If needed, we can provide light restraint for your pet during their session.
Q. How successful is acupuncture?
A. Acupuncture has proven to alleviate pain and symptoms of many different diseases and disorders that may be affecting your pet. Many owners have reported seeing a major difference in their pet’s behavior and pain levels within several sessions.
Herbal therapy is used in addition to, or as an alternative to conventional medications. Often when a pet has a chronic condition or pain they are put on long term medications, although helpful, they can cause side effects if used for a long period of time. Herbal therapy works to control or eliminate the side effects of these medications.
Just like us, pets need a diet filled with nutrients, vitamins and minerals; some pets benefit more from specific foods and ingredients. Food therapy focuses on selecting the food that works best with your pet’s digestive system. We design a food plan to your pet’s specific nutritional needs based on different aspects such as their age, weight, breed, and their specific conditions and/or diseases.
Tui-Na is a Chinese massage therapy that uses various manipulations applied to specific acupuncture points and meridians. Tui-Na regulates medians, soothes joints, and promotes circulation of Qi and blood. Some animals that dislike acupuncture often do better with Tui-Na.
Dr. McQueen graduated from Michigan State University’s college of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. She has since worked in both shelters and private practices. Following her passion for Traditional Chinese Medicine, she became a certified Veterinary Acupuncturist from the Chi Institute in Florida. She continues to study alternative medicines and therapies so that all pets can have happy and healthy lives!
Our Old English Sheepdog “Penny”, who is 13 years old, has hindquarter weakness due to arthritis. A year of acupuncture treatment with Dr. McQueen has enabled “Penny” to maintain her mobility and manage her arthritis without added medications. Dr. McQueen’s cool demeanor allows her to do full acupuncture treatment despite “Penny’s” high spirited and nervous nature. In addition to monthly acupuncture, Dr. McQueen is able to suggest herbal supplements to help support “Penny” between treatments. We are thankful to Dr. McQueen for her acupuncture treatment and her TLC to help maintain “Penny’s” quality of life.
Our Old English Sheepdog “Corky”, age 12, also has arthritis and after seeing the results of “Penny’s” acupuncture we decide
d to take her to Dr. McQueen to help maintain her quality of life and mobility. “Corky’s” calm demeanor allows Dr. McQueen to use the different method of electroacupuncture as part of her therapy. “Corky” also has herbal supplements to help support her between treatments. Acupuncture treatment has kept “Corky” moving and still able to climb stairs by arresting the deterioration due to arthritis. Having seen what acupuncture has done for both of our dogs, we are thankful that Dr. McQueen is able to offer this new service to the clients of Levan Road Veterinary Hospital and would recommend others to consider acupuncture as a viable treatment option for pets.
I have known Dr. McQueen to be an excellent veterinarian who is dedicated to the total well-being of my two senior dogs. While she has always used considerable knowledge, experience, and skill in practicing traditional medicine, Dr. McQueen now has another method for improving the health and quality of life of her patients: she is a certified acupuncturist. She has recently begun treating my arthritic 12-year-old rescue collie named Shelby. We are already noticing improvement in Shelby's mobility and pain level. It is great to see Shelby's bright spirit matched by her physical playfulness. Dr. McQueen's gentle and considerate manner make sure Shelby experiences no pain or fear during the treatments. (I even feel calm and better afterwards!) Acupuncture can be effective in many situations, and Dr. McQueen is a wonderful "alternative medicine" resource to have available. I would highly recommend her to all pet guardians who want the best for their animal companions.
A while back my dog "Chloe" came in from the yard holding up her right rear leg. There were no signs of external injury but the next morning, when she was still not putting any weight on the leg, I took her to see Dr. Masell who diagnosed her as having a tear of a ligament in her knee.
We thoroughly discussed the two possible options for treatment - medication or surgery. Consideration was given to both her advanced age and my inability to carry her 105 pounds up and down stairs and it was decided to go with anit-inflammatory medication.
There was definite improvement until, several months later, she incurred the same injury to her other rear leg.
After several months of trying different medications with varying doses "Chloe" was still having a hard time raising herself to a sitting or standing position. I thought I was out of options and was heartbroken.
Enter Dr. McQueen and acupuncture. I am not using this word lightly but after only a few treatments a MIRACLE happened. "Chloe" started running and playing again. "Chloe" loves Dr. McQueen and obviosly enjoys her treatments. As soon as she sees Dr. McQueen she pulls me in the exam room. She lays there totally relaxed during the entire procedure responding to Dr. McQueen's gentle touch, calming voice and constant petting.
She's been reduced to maintenance treatments and continues to do very well.Dr. McQueen, through both her demeanor and skill, has given "Chloe" a quality of life I thought had been forever lost. I am grateful beyond words and can't recommend her highly enough.