FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What type of animals do we treat?
We only treat dogs and cats at our practice.

Is the doctor a licensed veterinarian?
Yes, Dr. Evans graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992.

What are your office hours?
Monday: 1:00 pm  -7:30 pm
Tuesday: 9:30 - 6:00pm
Wednesday: closed
Thursday: 9:30 – 7:00pm
Friday: 9:30 - 6:00pm
Saturday: Closed

What do you accept for payment?
We currently only accept cash or check.

Are you able to board cats/dogs?
Unfortunately not.

Do you make house calls?
Unfortunately we do not make house calls. Our office hours keep us too busy. If your pet cannot travel then call our office to discuss setting up a phone consult.

Do you give puppy & kitten vaccines?
Yes we love seeing new puppies and kittens in our office. We do ask that you call to schedule your appointment as soon as you know when your new puppy or kitten will be arriving.
(see informational articles on vaccines)

Why do I still need to have a primary veterinarian for my pet?
Because we are a small referral practice, we do not offer any type of emergency services. So if your pet needs immediate medical attention we are not able to provide that here.

Can you take radiographs (x-rays)?
We currently do not have a x-ray machine. If radiographs are needed to establish a diagnosis or to aid in the acupuncture or chiropractic treatment (radiographs are very helpful when doing acupuncture care) then we would refer you pet back to your primary veterinarian for those radiographs.

Do you recommend giving dogs heartworm preventative?
We do recommend giving dogs heartworm preventative seasonally (anytime when the mosquitoes are out, in New Hampshire usually from May through October). We recommend Heartgard Tablets.

What do you recommend as a flea/tick preventative?
We suggest using an herbal flea/tick spray such as Dr. Ackerman’s Botanical Flea and Tick Spray or Quantum’s Herbal Coat Conditioning Spray. With severe flea infestations, we will occasionally recommend Advantage.

Do we agree with feeding a RAW diet?
We do agree with feeding a raw diet but raw diets are not appropriate for all animals, especially some older dogs, animals with digestive problems, or those animals undergoing chemotherapy. (see Informational Articles Nutrition 101 for Dogs and Cats)

How does acupuncture work?
See Acupuncture

How many acupuncture treatments does it take to see a response?
See How Acupuncture is done.

How do you get the animal to hold still for acupuncture?
Most animals do very well with this. Usually we have someone help hold the dog/cat to prevent it from moving around while the acupuncture needles are being inserted. Once all the acupuncture needles are in place then the dog/cat is allowed to sit or lie down for the remainder of the time needed (we try to keep them as still as possible). Sometimes we will use treats to keep the dog’s mind occupied. Acupuncture can have a sedating effect on some animals so they may relax on their own.

Realize that acupuncture may not be appropriate for every dog or cat.

As a new patient how long will the first appointment be?
The first appointment is scheduled for 1 hour. This will allow for a complete history and physical exam as well as the first acupuncture treatment. Follow up treatments/rechecks will be scheduled as half hour appointments.

Holistic Veterinary Center

Holistic Veterinary Center
34 West Street, Concord, NH  03301
Phone: 603-225-9680 • Fax: 603-227-0945
email: holisticvetcenternh@gmail.com