Medical Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been an essential part of the healing arts in Traditional Chinese Medicine for several centuries.  Acupuncture involves using very fine, filamentous needles to stimulate nerve points in the skin, in order to bring the body into homeostasis.

Though acupuncture has been long recognized for its healing benefits, in recent years much research has been done by both Western and Eastern medical researchers to test and document the healing effects of acupuncture.   The American Veterinary Medical Association recognizes the value of acupuncture as a healing modality,  in the hands of a certified practitioner.

During your pet's acupuncture appointment, Dr. Troxell will collect an in-depth history of your pet from a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) viewpoint.  She will ask about previous
problems, your pets eating and elimination habits, what kind of environment your pet prefers, and so on.   Your pet's tongue and pulse will also be assessed, in order to arrive at a TCM diagnosis.

Acupuncture points will be selected in order to bring the body back into balance.

Typically, animals become very relaxed, and do not mind the procedure, which can last from 5 to 30 minutes.


St. Francis Veterinary Housecalls

In-Home Vet Services

Pet Examinations

1. Preventative health care, including physical examinations, health certificates for travel,  vaccines, heartworm testing and prevention, fecal analysis for parasites, testing for heartworm disease, Parvo virus, Feline Leukemia Virus and Feline Immunodeficiency virus, as well as all other preventative health services.

2. All kinds of internal medicine issues are treatable in the home, including

  • Eye, ear, nose and throat problems.
  • Heart and respiratory problems, coughing, and sneezing.
  • Digestive and urinary problems -- vomiting, diarrhea, urinary tract infections, etc.
  • Skin disease - allergies, itching, poor coats, infections, hair loss, etc.
  • Hormonal disorders - hypothyroidism, diabetes, hyperthyroidism and others.
  • Lamenesses, difficulty walking.
  • Neurology, including pain evaluation and treatment.
  • Oncology - cancer diagnosis and treatment.
  • Non-surgical foxtail extractions and minor abscess repairs.
  • Minor lacerations, scrapes, burns, and bee stings.

3.  Acupuncture, medical massage and Chinese and Western herbs

Diet:  Several excellent commercial diets are available, but if you prefer to feed your pet a home-cooked diet, we will work with you to make sure the diet is complete and balanced.  We also work with a company that provides dry ingredients, including the correct balance of minerals and oils, to complement your choice of meat and grain.  It is essential to have your pet's diet professionally balanced!  Nutritional deficiencies are slow in onset, but can be life-threatening.  It is not enough to simply feed your pet "whatever you eat."

5.  Emergency calls - in general, we provide emergency housecalls to clients for their pets,  with whom we have already established a professional relationship through regular appointment hours. 

Call 530-876-4094 to schedule an appointment.
Payment is due at the time services are rendered.
We do not normally provide billing, but can make arrangements with current clients.  
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