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|A 12 year old black Labradore Retriever named Cyrus came to our hospital with chronic neck pain. After 4 acupuncture treatments he was able to resume normal activity level including longer walks with his owner.
Veterinary acupuncture is an ancient technique of placing needles into special points, called acupoints, in order to affect the flow of qi (pronounced “chee”). Traditional Chinese Medicine describes qi as energy in the body. Qi flows along channels, or meridians, similarly to how a car moves along a winding highway. By western definition, the patient benefits from needle placement along these meridians through stimulation of certain local biochemical substances that can control pain and inflammation, improve circulation, and stimulate the immune system. Acupuncture is used in a variety of ways, but the most common way is to improve pain control in patients suffering from degenerative joint disease, such as arthritis. The technique can also be used to improve strength, comfort, and neurologic function with intervertebral disc disease, control of nausea or vomiting associated with cancer or illness, stimulation of appetite, increased level of energy or awareness, management of behavioral conditions, and control of other symptoms such as incontinence or weakness. Dr. Heather Troyer, our certified acupuncturist is now offering acupuncture services and Traditional Chinese Medical consultations at our hospital.
Her goal is to improve the quality of life in pets through integration of both conventional and holistic medical options.
If you would like a consultation or appointment, please call 201-262-0010.
Heather Troyer, DVM, Diplomate, ABVP (Canine/Feline), CVA (Certified Veterinary Acupuncture)
Dr. Troyer graduated from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. She then completed a one-year internship at the Animal Medical Center in NY, NY. She joined the staff at Oradell Animal Hospital in 2005 as a member of the general medicine and surgery group, but also has a strong interest in pain management and palliative care. In 2008, Dr. Troyer became board certified through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Canine and Feline Medicine and Surgery. In 2009, Dr. Troyer helped to create the Oradell CARES program. Oradell CARES is designed to assist families and patients with hospice and care giver support issues through both in-home evaluation and out-patient management. In addition, Dr. Troyer was awarded certification in veterinary acupuncture through the Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida, in 2010, and completed additional curricula in Tui-Na, a unique form of massage specific for Traditional Chinese Medicine. She most recently rounded out her education by becoming a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner through the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management in 2014. She practices integrative medicine, especially in cases where quality of life issues are paramount, and practices both out-patient and in-home pain management using both eastern and western techniques. Dr. Troyer has a special interest in international studies and travel, particularly in Central America and Africa. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her children, running, and cooking. She frequently writes for medical journals such as Clinician’s Brief and Veterinary Team Brief, and actively promotes continuing education through lectures and wet labs.