It is very important that you continue to visit your regular veterinarian while seeing Dr. Moore. Your regular veterinarian will be able to provide services such as vaccinations, prescription medications, lab tests, x-rays, anesthetized tooth cleanings, surgery and emergency care. Dr. Moore limits her practice to manual therapy and other rehabilitation services.
The cost of an the initial evaluation and treatment is $195. The cost of follow-up treatments is $165. All appointments are scheduled for 1 hour. Ideally, sick or injured pets are treated once a week for three weeks and then as often as needed to maintain optimum health, comfort and mobility. Well pets are commonly scheduled twice a year for preventative care. Payment by cash or check only, please.
Take a few minutes to read the website, in particular the FAQ and Services pages. When you are ready to schedule an appointment you can fill in the "New Patient Sign Up" form and submit it directly from this site. The site is protected and secure. After reviewing your information we will contact you as soon as possible by phone or email to schedule an appointment. If you have questions you can call on the phone or send a note via the contact form. Together, we can decide if our care is a good choice for your pet.
Be sure you allow your pet to urinate/defecate before arriving. If possible, provide high energy dogs with a long walk just before the appointment. If your pet has food restrictions, bring a supply of safe treats. If you would like help with toothbrushing technique, you can bring your pet's toothbrush and toothpaste. We want to review the x-rays of your pet. Please call your veterinarian to have the x-rays emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. If we need a copy of your pet's medical record; with your permission, we will request it. At this time we are not accepting credit cards so please bring cash or a check as well as your calendar so we can schedule then next appointment.
During the first visit, Dr. Moore will talk with you about goals for your pet, do a thorough physical examination, and provide a treatment. Treats and verbal encouragement will be used to help your pet feel safe while being raised up on an electric lift table for the exam. Pets who are nervous on the table can be examined on the floor. A written record of the exam findings, treatment notes, and receipt will be emailed to you. Your veterinarian will also receive a copy of the exam and treatment notes.
Most pets exhibit immediate improvement following the treatment. However, some pets are very tired after their first treatment; they may sleep more than normal for a few days. They may also be thirsty, so be sure fresh, clean water is readily available. Rarely, pets experience soreness or a worsening of their original symptoms that lasts for 1-3 days. If this occurs, let them rest, use your pain relieving medications if needed and know that they are healing. They will be better soon!
Dr. Moore works with just about every creature other than humans. The possible exceptions are hedgehogs (so spiny!) and parrots. Most parrots prefer not to be touched by strangers. However, Dr. Moore may be able to treat your pet parrot if she can make arrangements to meet you at your regular veterinary hospital where your pet has been sedated by your avian veterinarian. Likewise, Dr. Moore may be able to provide manual therapy for wildlife during sedation administered by a veterinarian knowledgeable about that particular species.
She closes her eyes in order to concentrate more fully. Manual therapy requires intense concentration and a light touch; it almost as if she is "seeing" with her hands. There will be times she is able to talk with you during the treatment but there also will be times that she is so fully concentrated on your pet that she needs to pause the conversation briefly.
This is a technique called "General Listening" developed by Jean-Pierre Barral, a French Osteopath. This technique allows her to determine the area of the body that is most abnormal and in need of care; known as the "area of greatest restriction" or AGR. Treatment is always started at the AGR and then proceeds to areas of lesser importance. The treatment will be more profound if it proceeds in a logical order which corresponds to the needs of the tissues.