Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine
Sand Road Animal Hospital is proud to offer the first phase of its integrative medicine program. Integrative medicine is the combination of western medicine as we know it with all its modern diagnostics (blood work, xrays, ultrasound, surgery) with the ancient practice of Chinese Medicine. Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medical practice is at least 2000 years old as demonstrated in Chinese history by “veterinarians” treating horses for unnamed and undescribed diseases. This medicine is based on the energy of the body and is tailored to each individual. The premise of the medicine is balance and when the body is out of balance disease occurs. A veterinarian practicing integrative medicine will meld the western disease diagnosis with the findings of the eastern medical exam and develop and individualized program for your pet. This program may include modern medications and recommendations (i.e. surgery) and combine that with acupuncture, herbal therapy, food therapy, and
tui-na. Approaching your pet in this comprehensive manner will provide the most complete care possible.

Dr. James is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist with advanced training in acupuncture from the Chi Institute in Florida. She is continuing her training in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine soon to complete her course work in Chinese Herbology and nutrition from Chi Institute this year.

At this time, Dr. James is offering a complete traditional Chinese Medical evaluation of your pet along with acupuncture treatment. This will consist of a comprehensive discussion and questionnaire that will help the Dr. James determine your pet’s constitution and, and as a result, the best treatment. An acupuncture treatment plan will then be developed.

Acupuncture has been used to treat all sorts of imbalances, or disorders. These include, but are not limited to arthritis, hip dysplasia, knee pain, elbow and shoulder pain. It has been used to treat back disease and neck pain. Acupuncture can also aid in the treatment of liver, heart, and kidney disease. It helps older pets feel just a bit better.

Please contact us to see if acupuncture is right for your pet.


Dear Stephanie & Sarah,

I have been taking my four German Shepherds. Camira, who is no longer with us, Max, Sarge, Zeus and black Lab, Lilly, to Sand Road Animal Hospital for many years. I always receive the care and attention I expect. The doctors and staff always support me and care from my guys and girls in the manner that I too care for them. Many months ago, I heard about a brand new therapy that was being offered, acupuncture for animals. At first I was skeptical, but I thought I would give it a try on Sarge, who has been diagnosed with Spinal Stenosis.

Sarge is now nine years old. I rescued Sarge from an abusive home, trained him to earn a medal in the French Ring Sport, and in his later years he is showing signs of slowing down. He did not run as much, laid down more often and became less active with the other dogs and cats, distanced himself from others and became a quite dog. Did I mention I also have three cats, Simba, Nala, and Zena.

After meeting with you and talking about the benefits of acupuncture therapy, Sarge and I have come to realize that Sarge was in need of this type of care to help him be more comfortable in his day to day activities.

After just a few session of the acupuncture, Sarge is now taking less medication to manage his discomfort and has gained in his mobility. Sarge is able to run more often in the back yard and has activities more to his age. He can now chase the cats, run after a thrown ball and he even chases after the squirrels and crows.

I find it just amazing to see you take Sarge into the comfort room and lay him quietly on his blanket. Then he motionlessly accepts the treatment as if the hands of comfort were being placed on him. After the session is over, he reacts with enjoyment and playfulness. He is a version of my younger Sarge. When I put him back into the car for our ride home, I always get a lick, as if he is saying, “Thank you mommy.”

I just wanted to write to the both of you to let you know of my gratitude and heartfelt thanks for helping me find a way to help my guys.

For the readers of this open letter, I now have two other dogs, my Lab, another rescue with sever birth defects to both of her rear legs, Lilly and my Czech Republic male Shepard, age eleven, Max, receiving acupuncture therapy with Doctor James and Sarah at the Sand Road Animal Hospital.