What is an Alternative vet exam?

An alternative exam can cover different things depending on your vet’s holistic specialties.  In Dr. Frank’s practice an alternative exam is a Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) exam.

In honor of talking about Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, today we have a photo Dr. Frank’s very sweet, soft and silky Chinese Crested dog, Punky.

Punky in 2010

Punky at the Clinic

Here is a little of what the American Kennel Club website says about Cresteds:  “A fine-boned, elegant toy dog that craves human companionship, the Crested comes in two varieties. The Hairless has soft, silky hair on its head (crest), tail (plume) and feet (socks). Wherever the body is hairless the skin is soft and smooth.  The Powderpuff is entirely covered with a double soft, straight coat.  The two types often come from the same litter.  Any color or combination of colors is allowed…

It is believed that Chinese mariners sailed with this breed…  During the time of the Chinese plagues, hairless dogs were stowed aboard ships to hunt vermin. By the mid-nineteenth century, Cresteds began appearing in European art, and entries of the breed in American dog shows began in the late 1800s.”

In the photo, Punky is waiting for Dr. Frank on the couch in our reception area.  On to Harmony’s alternative exam. Continue reading

Cats, Acupuncture and Flowers

Gift from the Staff

Saturday, February 5th was our 2nd Anniversary.  Flowers arrived at the clinic Saturday morning – a gift to Dr. Frank and Kris from the staff.  The florist, Woodinville Florist, is one of our clients.  They did an exceptional job of making an arrangement to fit perfectly with our furnishings and atmosphere.

That evening Dr. Frank and Kris treated the staff to dinner in Edmonds at Girardi’s Osteria.  Excellent food and friendly service – a wonderful way to celebrate!!

Now, on to this week’s questions —

Q: Do cats stay still for acupuncture or do they need to be sedated?

Dr. Frank:  Typically cats do not need to be sedated for acupuncture.  This is partially because the needles are so thin (.02mm wide) that acupuncture is really not painful to the cat.  They might feel a slight prick when the needle is first inserted or they may have particularly sensitive areas, but after the needle is inserted there remains no lingering pain.

In contrast, acupuncture frequently will make a cat very relaxed, causing them to lay down during the treatment.  This is due to the increased flow of energy and circulation which warms and relaxes the body.

Q: What feline medical conditions might benefit from acupuncture treatments?

Dr. Frank:  Feline asthma or other respiratory issues; kidney and bladder diseases; lameness; digestive disorders.