Arnold L. Wittstein, DVM, CVA, PC

Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist



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The First Appointment

At the time of your first visit, your pet will receive a Traditional Chinese medical examination. Since I view acupuncture as a complement to traditional Western medicine rather than as a replacement for it, it would be most helpful to bring copies of medical records and any X-rays relating to your pet's condition, or have them sent ahead of time. A treatment plan will be formulated after the exam, incorporating acupuncture, herbal therapy if appropriate, dietary therapy, Tui-Na (Chinese medical massage) and possibly recommendations for lifestyle changes. Expect to spend an hour and a half at this first session. Subsequent sessions last forty-five minutes.

While we often see improvement in many conditions with one to two sessions, more severe problems can take anywhere from four to ten treatments before significant improvement is seen. Once your pet's condition starts to improve, the frequency of treatments will gradually be reduced to once every four to eight weeks.

I perform only acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine. During the course of treatment, certain tests or X-rays may be useful to monitor your pet's condition, or conventional medicine may be used in combination with acupuncture. Any tests, X-rays or medications will be obtained at your regular veterinarian.

Member American Veterinary Medical Association, Oregon Veterinary Medical Association, American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, International Veterinary Acupuncture Society