Healing Wise HOLISTIC Veterinary Care - Holistic Veterinary Care
   Frequently Asked Questions 
  for   
No Anesthesia Dental Cleaning
and
Acupuncture Treatment

How much is the no anesthesia dental cleaning service?
Our fee is $160 per dog or $185 for dogs weighing over 75#.  

What form of payment is accepted?
Any type of credit card, debit card or cash.

Where are you located?
We have multiple locations in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Glendale, Chandler, Tempe and Ahwatukee.

How will I know if my dog can have a no anesthesia dental cleaning?
Upon arriving for your appointment, your dog will be given a physical exam by Dr. Jacquie Allgire. Your dog's teeth and temperament will be assessed to determine if the no anesthesia dental cleaning is right for your dog. In some cases your dog may be declined and referred for a dental cleaning under general anesthesia due to advanced dental disease or anxiety.

Will I be charged for the physical exam if it is determined that my dog does not qualify for this type of service? 
There will be no charge.

Will the veterinarian be cleaning my dog's teeth?
Dr. Jacquie Allgire will perform a physical exam and supervise the no anesthesia dental cleaning.  Tracy Johnson will be the dental hygienist cleaning your dog's teeth.

How is the dental cleaning done?
Small dogs are swaddled in a towel and cradled in the hygienist's lap. The inside and outside of your dog's teeth will be cleaned using a dental scaler; the same dental cleaning instrument used at your dentist's office on your own teeth.  After the tarter has been removed, your dog's teeth will be hand polished.  Large dogs are not swaddled in a towel, but simply laid on their sides in the hygienist's lap.

Can I watch my dog while the cleaning is being done?
It is important that your dog connects with the soothing sound and eye contact of the dental hygienist. In some cases we will ask that you do not stand too close so your dog can settle into the dental cleaning.

How long does the dental cleaning take?
No longer than 30 minutes.

Can I just drop my dog off and come back later to pick him or her up?
At almost all our locations we will need you to wait on-site for your dog.  At our Arcadia Puff and Fluff Grooming location, your dog can be dropped off and picked up later.

Is there a discount if I bring in more than one dog on the same day?
No. The time and effort it takes to clean each dog is the same.

Is there a discount if my dog is missing most of his or her teeth?
No. Many times the remaining teeth are just as time consuming to clean as any other dogs.

Will I get information about the procedure and what to do afterward?
We will give you a copy of the physical exam findings and a dental chart of your pet's mouth. Recommendations as to when we should see your pet again will be noted on this form as well as instructions on how to care for your dog afterward.

How do I make an appointment?
Check out our Dental Schedule where we have multiple locations all over the valley. Choose a location and date that best suits your schedule.  You can book your appointment directly through our website online or call (800) 258-8914 to make your dog's dental cleaning appointment.

Will I get a phone call to remind me of my appointment?
You will receive a courtesy  email appointment confirmation 48 hours before your appointment.  We do however, ask you to keep track of your own appointment.

Can a no anesthesia dental cleaning be done on CATS?
No.....cats are not small dogs. 

If you have any additional questions, call (800) 258-8914.

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What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is defined as placing fine needles into specific areas of the body to achieve therapeutic effect. Originating in China, acupuncture has been used in veterinary practice for at least 3,000 years. Today, acupuncture is used all over the world to treat disease either alone or as a compliment to Western medicine. An acupuncturist uses sterile needles, hypodermic needles, electricity, heat, lasers and massage to stimulate acupuncture points.

When should acupuncture be considered?
Acupuncture is not a cure-all, but can work very well when it is indicated. In small animals, acupuncture is often used to treat pain and can also be considered for the following conditions:
  • Musculoskeletal problems, such as arthritis or vertebral disc disease.
  • Dermatological problems, such as lick granulomas.
  • Respiratory problems, such as feline asthma.
  • Gastrointestinal problems, such as chronic diarrhea.
  • Certain behavioral problems.

What are the side effects of acupuncture?
When acupuncture is performed by a properly trained veterinarian it is one of the safest medical treatments for animals. Side effects are rare, but can occur. An animal may become sleepy or lethargic for 24 hours after acupuncture or their condition may seem worse up to 48 hours after treatment. These effects indicate that some physiological changes are occurring and are most often followed by an improvement in the animal's condition.

How long do acupuncture treatments take and how often are they given? 
The length and frequency of acupuncture treatments depends on the patient's age and condition. Acupuncture visits may take 15-60 minutes each visit. Stimulation of an acupuncture point may take as little as 1 minute to 30 minutes. Acute conditions and young animals may need only 1-2 treatments, whereas an older animal or chronic condition may require weeks of treatments. Patients will often begin with 1-3 treatments each week for 4-6 weeks. Response to treatment is usually seen after the third treatment. Once maximum positive response is achieved, treatments are decreased. Chronic conditions can often be maintained with 4-6 treatments each year.

How much is an acupuncture treatment?
An acupuncture treatment is $65. 

How much experience does Dr. Jacquie Allgire have?
Dr. Jacquie received her acupuncture training at Colorado State University under Dr. Narda Robinson and became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) in 2001. For over 15 years she has primarily provided acupuncture to hundreds of dogs and cats. 

Where does Dr. Jacquie provide acupuncture treatments?
Every Wednesday at Four Legged Friends Animal Hospital at 32nd St. and Thunderbird in the Safeway shopping center and on Sundays at Alta Vista Veterinary Hospital located on 7th Ave. just south of Camelback.

How do I make an appointment?
Call Four Legged Friends Animal Hospital at (602) 787-0015 or call Alta Vista Veterinary Hospital at (602) 277-1464 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jacquie.

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