I went into veterinary medicine, like my colleagues, to help animals and their people. The long hours studying and lack of sleep was always secondary to the joy of learning and helping animals. I graduated 2009 from Oklahoma State University, did an internship in Michigan and started at a general practice in Kent Washington. Later I moved to Silverdale working in an ER there.
My interest in rehab started in vet school when one of the surgical patients under my care who had hip surgery was admitted to ICU so that her other hip could be repaired at a later time. When I took over her case, she was not bearing weight on her legs yet. Few people were really advocating rehabilitation at that time, so I researched what I could find and made a program. 2 1/2 weeks later, much to my delight and the surgeon’s surprise, she was walking well enough to have the surgery on the other hip.
I was introduced to acupuncture in my internship as well and elected to pursue this advanced training when I graduated. While working full time as an ER vet, I became certified in veterinary acupuncture and then in canine rehabilitation. I have found the mix of eastern and western medicine to be a very rewarding way to practice and my patients have definitely benefited from this as well. I continue to learn from every patient and every case which makes the field more exciting for me.
I do understand that people can be skeptical about new ideas especially when they are difficult to explain in a traditional way, but if treatments that you are trying are not working and your pet is still painful, what have you got to lose? Not all dogs or cats, like not all people, respond to acupuncture, but we won’t know until we try. I look forward to meeting you and helping to take care of your best friend and beloved family member
I am very familiar with the pain and stresses of surgery, trauma, aging and disease processes not only on the patient but on the family as well. This is why I offer rehab and acupuncture serivces as other options to help with pain and decreased mobility. I have completed training in fear free and use this concept at every appointment
I will work with your veterinarian to make sure your pet receives the best integrated care. However, I will not administer vaccines, prescribe flea medications, write health certificates, etc. For those services, you will be referred back to your veterinarian for care. I will discuss nutrition recommendations and supplements that I feel may help your pet and send those recommendations along with update letters to your veterinarian so they are always informed.
Acupuncture as been used for centuries for pain relief. It was used in animals early on to keep them healthy enough to plow the fields. Placement of the needles in certain "points" releases endorphins and anti inflammatory chemicals and in eastern philosophy moves Qi (chee) and helps to restore balance which restores health. Most pets relax and enjoy their treatment, especially since they are distracted with tasty frozen treats. Even cats can benefit and actually enjoy their treatments.
Just like in humans, physical therapy helps to restore movement and keep our pets more mobile following surgery or trauma. Physical therapy has also been shown to help with pain relief in our aging pets and it keeps our superior athletes at the top of their game. The phrase rehabilitation therapy is used instead of physical therapy as the latter term refers to humans only. After a thorough physical exam, an individualized exercise program will be made for your pet and emailed to you after the visit. Coming Soon!! Underwater Treadmill!!
Laser, (cold laser photobiomodulation or low level light therapy), is used to reduce pain and inflammation and accelerate wound healing and tissue regeneration. Certain parts of the body's cells respond to different wavelengths of light. The laser uses infrared wavelengths to stimulate fibrin, tissue cells, chemical mediators that help reduce pain. This treatment has proven very effective in reducing pain and inflammation from arthritis, trauma; helping wounds heal faster and it is showing some promise in helping non healing fractures of the bones heal faster.
Hydrotherapy with the underwater treadmill improves mobility, reduces pain/inflammation, improves overall mood by reducing endorphins which also help with pain. Using the buoyancy off the water reduces weight on the joints. Using the resistance property of water increases the strength of the muscles.
Please send Dr Jennifer Mead a message or call her for an appointment.
For emergencies that occur outside business hours, please call one of the local 24 hour ER clinics- Animal Emergency and Trauma Center @360-697-7771; VCA Central Kitsap @ 360-692-6162 or Uptown @ 253-851-7387
320 Lindvig Way, Poulsbo Wa 98370 Tues, Wed , Thursday
Please call or email for appointment. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in Poulsbo. Monday and Friday in Gig Harbor. Underwater treadmill now available in both locations!!!