Sacramento veterinarian does acupuncture for cat
According to the Mayo Clinic, acupuncture stimulates nerves, muscles and connective tissue, boosting the body's natural painkillers and increasing blood flow.
Would Lisa ever use acupuncture? "I know it works so maybe sometime in the future," Davers says. "It was amazingly easy."
Member name Lisa Davers
Company name Barbara Hodges DVM
Work done? Yes
Hire again? Yes
Approximate cost $1,000
Description of work "My 18-year-old cat, Jester, had chronic diarrhea for more than six months and was finally diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome. She'd been on various medications for months, with no effect. After the diagnosis, the vet told me conventional options weren't great, as Jester was so old and the medications for irritable bowel syndrome would make her borderline diabetes worse. I decided to try holistic treatment instead and was referred to Dr. Barbara Hodges. She's a regular veterinarian but is also trained in traditional Chinese medicine, such as nutrition, herbs and acupuncture, and she does home visits."
Member comments "I had to change Jester's food and give her probiotics and Chinese herbs, and she got acupuncture every one or two weeks. Dr. Hodges spent at least an hour with Jester each visit. Jester took amazingly well to acupuncture and would sit there, purring, for 20 or 30 minutes with the needles in her. After about two months, Jester was getting better. After three months, she was healthy, and the diarrhea was completely gone. As a bonus, with the food changes, her diabetes are gone."