Major Consults

A major consult is a dedicated 1 hour appointment ($200) meant for clients who would like an integrative approach to their pet’s care or who would like more doctor time to discuss their concerns. If you are seeking second opinions for a condition for your pet, a major consult is an ideal way to gather as much information as you can from a set of fresh eyes.

During the appointment, we will review the medical record, examine your pet, and discuss treatment options. This visit may include an acupuncture or chiropractic treatment, a discussion of herbal therapy or nutraceutical supplementation, and conventional options for chronic ailments that may not have been discussed before.

For example, we may:

  • Recommend surgery for an orthopedic injury, and follow it with laser therapy, acupuncture, or nutritional supplements
  • Prescribe supplements for a patient with liver disease to be used concurrently with conventional medications.
  • Evaluate a cat with chronic kidney disease for a homemade diet (if the owner is willing to prepare the meals)

We recognize every owner has different concerns and try to create an individualized plan that will work best for you.

Some consults take twists and turns that we cannot predict. If your pet comes to us with an uncertain diagnosis we may recommend further diagnostics (blood tests, radiographs, etc.) to form an efficient medical plan. Alternatively, your pet may be getting excellent medical care with your primary veterinarian, and we may simply provide supportive integrative care. We understand that your time is valuable and would ask that you arrive prepared to use this time as efficiently as possible by following the advice below:

  1. Come 10 minutes early to fill out the necessary paperwork and so we can organize the medical history. If possible, please fax the medical history 1–2 days before the scheduled appointment.

  2. Know your goals before your visit. Prioritize your concerns if your pet has multiple medical issues so that we can organize our plan.

  3. Be prepared to tell us your pet’s specific diet and bring any supplements or vitamins to the appointment.

After the initial consult, progress exam appointments will be needed to make changes to the plan or if your needs for your pet change. Diet changes, supplement plan changes, and new medical conditions all warrant a new exam with a doctor. If you and our team both agree that acupuncture or chiropractic care should be a part of the medical plan, we will recommend a minimum of 3–4 successive treatments to maximize the benefits of those modalities.