We Offer In-Home Acupuncture, Hospice Care, and Peaceful Euthanasia
Acupuncture - Acupuncture has been used to treat animals for thousands of years. From a Chinese medicine perspective, acupuncture works by stimulating or sedating certain energetic points to keep energy flowing smoothly and to keep the body in balance. Modern science is still investigating how this works, but there is evidence that traditional acupuncture points correspond to clusters of nerve endings, blood vessels, and inflammatory mediators in the body.
We can use acupuncture to help many conditions including (but not limited to) behavioral issues, allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, kidney disease, arthritis, degenerative nerve conditions, and generalized pain.
We offer several additional services that compliment our acupuncture treatments. These include therapeutic laser treatments, herbal therapies, and dietary consultations.
Most acupuncture visits last 45 minutes to an hour. Many of our patients become so relaxed during treatment that they actually fall asleep!
Hospice Care - The International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care defines animal hospice as care that is focused on the patient’s and family’s needs, on living life as fully as possible until the time of death (with or without intervention), and on attaining a degree of preparation for death. Our hospice service achieves these goals by providing quality of life consultations, help with pain management and day to day care, nutritional advice, emotional support for caregivers, peaceful euthanasia (if that is the best choice for you and your pet), and grief counseling.
Any life-limiting or incurable disease that is contributing to a family’s increased level of care-giving for their pet may warrant hospice care. These conditions include internal medical conditions such as kidney, liver, or heart failure, cognitive dysfunction, osteoarthritis, cancer, and natural aging.
If you are interested in providing comfort-based care for your pet in the last days to months of its life, and you wish to do this at home, hospice care might be the right choice for you.
Peaceful Euthanasia - Making the decision to help your pet make the transition is never easy. After the decision has been made, we want to do everything possible to make the process peaceful. We believe that, in most cases, euthanasia is best done at home, where the pet feels comfortable, and where the family can take the time that they need to say good bye.
We offer options for the care of your pet's remains after the euthanasia.
In honor of each pet that we help to transition, we make a donation to the Humane Society of Charlotte's Pets For Life Program.
Therapeutic Laser - Therapeutic lasers, or cold lasers, get a specific wavelength of light into deep tissues. This light stimulates cells to reduce inflammation and speed healing. We use a Class 3B laser, which is very safe; it cannot cut or burn cells. It can be used alone or in combination with acupuncture to help with everything from wound healing to the reduction of inflammation associated with arthritis.
Food Therapy - We believe that commercially available dry pet foods are not ideal. Many pets, particularly older pets, benefit from diets that more closely approximate what they would eat in the wild. Canned foods, dehydrated diets, and home-cooked recipes provide more readily available and easily digestible nutrients. Home-cooked diets have the added benefit of being fully customizable to meet a patient’s medical and energetic needs. This must be done carefully, however, to avoid nutritional imbalances. We use a combination of traditional Chinese food theories and conventional veterinary nutritional guidelines to create recipes that owners can use with confidence.
A Note About Our Services - Meridian Mobile Veterinary Care provides acupuncture, hospice care, and end-of-life services exclusively. We do not offer vaccinations, laboratory diagnostics, radiographs, hospitalization, surgery, or emergency care.
If you do not have a regular or referring veterinarian who can provide these services, we can refer you to one of the veterinary clinics with which we work.
For specialty and/or after-hours emergency care, we recommend The Carolina Veterinary Specialists (CVS), Charlotte Animal Referral and Emergency (CARE), and UrgentVet Pet Clinic.
Fees and Payment Policy - When you call to schedule an appointment, we will discuss your pet's condition and which services might best meet your pet's needs.