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F.A.Q.

LITCHFIELD EQUINE WELLNESS F.A.Q.

Here are some answers to common questions you may have.  If you still have unanswered concerns, please feel free to contact us for more information.

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY ANIMAL NEEDS CHIROPRACTIC OR ACUPUNCTURE CARE?

Often clients have exhausted all that traditional veterinary medicine has to offer in the treatment of their animal’s condition when they seek out our practice.  Because your animal communicates in a language other than words, they must rely on your ability to observe changes in behavior that might indicate illness or injury.  Here is a list of commonly seen symptoms and signs that might indicate that your animal can benefit from chiropractic or acupuncture care.

Dogs:

  • pain/reactivity when being pet or lifted
  • difficulty climbing stairs
  • lameness or altered gait
  • negative changes in behavior
  • difficulty getting up
  • performance changes

Cats:

  • pain/reactivity when being pet or lifted
  • hiding
  • loss of appetite or increased thirst
  • weight fluctuations
  • litter box changes
  • vomiting or diarrhea

Horses:

  • resistance to being ridden
  • lameness or gait alterations
  • decreased performance
  • bucking
  • difficulty with leads
  • change in behavior while being girthed
  • negative changes in behavior
  • collection difficulty

WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT THE FIRST VISIT?

Dr. Monte will begin by obtaining a detailed case history, including information from the owner about the animal’s occupation and exercise schedule, information obtained from previous veterinary examinations, radiographs or laboratory analysis, as well as previous diagnosis and therapies.

A thorough chiropractic evaluation includes an examination of the animal prior to an adjustment.  This examination includes: posture, gait analysis, vertebral motion palpation, and extremity palpation.  In addition, an acupuncture scan will be performed.

“Scanning” your horse involves evaluating its sensitivity to palpation of certain acupuncture points.  A sensitive reaction could indicate a problem with a structure along the associated meridian or an internal organ.  In horses, certain points or a combination of points are consistently related to specific musculoskeletal or medical issues.  Scanning a horse’s diagnostic points can often effectively identify subtle lameness issues or bring attention to a pending problem.  If your horse consistently shows sensitivity to particular points, it is very likely that there is an underlying problem that should be addressed.

“Scanning” your dog involves finding deficient points that need treatment.

IS THE TREATMENT PAINFUL?

There is occasionally a brief moment of sensitivity when the needle enters the skin.  Most animals relax, and often fall asleep once the needles are in place.

WHAT IS THE RESPONSE TO TREATMENT?

The response to chiropractic and acupuncture care can be immediate improvement within the first 24 to 72 hours.  The results depend upon several variables such as the length of time since the initial trauma if any, age of your animal, the severity of the vertebral subluxation complex, the particular disease process being treated, etc.  Some animals can show great improvement in the first few days to a week and then you may notice a relapse of the initial complaint.  This is not unusual in the healing process.

WHAT IS THE FOLLOW-UP?

This varies from animal to animal based on the condition being treated in which modality is being used.  When acupuncture is being performed, Dr. Monte usually recommends that clients commit to one treatment a week for at least four consecutive weeks, followed by a re-assessment of the animal’s condition.  At that point, she tries to develop a treatment plan that caters to your animal’s needs to maintain comfort and health.  This can mean a treatment every two weeks, once a month, or even twice a year.

CAN I CONSIDER YOU MY “REGULAR VET”?

You will still need to maintain a relationship with your routine veterinarian for yearly visits and any emergency treatment that your animal may need.  Dr. Monte provides alternative therapies that will compliment traditional veterinary medicine.  She will be happy to discuss your animal’s condition with your regular veterinarian and work closely with them to ensure that your animal receives complete integrative health care.

ACUPUNCTURE or CHIROPRACTIC?

In general, this is a case by case decision, but the answer is usually the same as the answer to another question;  Adequan or Legend? And the answer is both.  The two treatment options (in both cases) are synergistic – the structural changes initiated by a chiropractic treatment are reinforced by the energy balancing of the acupuncture session and vice-versa.  These two modalities in combination give the animal the foundation and strength it needs to initiate a healing pattern that will continue to strengthen rather than give out over time.

WHEN DO I PAY MY BILL?

Payment is expected at time of service.  Payments can be made by cash,  check, or credit card.  Litchfield Equine Wellness proudly uses Square to process our credit card payments, giving us the ability to accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Card.

If a check is your preferred payment option, please be aware that there will be a $35 charge for any check returned for insufficient funds and future payments will be required to be cash or credit card.

 

Please contact us if you would like to schedule an appointment or if you would like to discuss our services further, 860-946-0160.

 

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