Dr. Robert Santos and veterinary technician Shawna Carmo help a pet receive relief from chronic pain by performing acupuncture at the Center for Pet Longevity, just one progressive service offered at Monte Vista Small Animal Hospital.
“If your leg is broken I’m not going to fix it through acupuncture. I’m going to fix it through Western medicine, but acupuncture could take over for pain control or to help the immune system,” Santos explained. The practice is also becoming increasingly common as Santos said roughly 50 to 60 percent of veterinary students he has seen while searching for prospective hires are showing an interest in the field. “When I was in class we never talked about it and that was 23 years ago,” said Santos. A pet’s need for treatment varies though it is common for an owner to bring their pet once a week for about a month before transitioning to monthly sessions and then to yearly tune-ups, said Santos. For more information about the Center for Pet Longevity, visit www. centerforpetlongevity.com. ■
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