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Meet Tasha Wilson of Acupetvet

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tasha Wilson.

Tasha, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I have been a small animal veterinarian for 12 years and have always enjoyed spending time with my clients as well as helping their pets. One of the most difficult aspects of veterinary medicine is when you get to a point during treatment where you feel there is nothing more that can be done. You have seen a lot of these pets since they were young and have developed a relationship with them and their owner. It is so heartbreaking to have to tell an owner that there is nothing more that can be done.

It is especially hard when the patient is still active and alert, but the illness is overwhelming them in other areas. Having seen this time and time again, I wanted to do more for them. I started by researching nutrition and began to see it as a preventative treatment option. Further, I studied acupuncture and became certified in June 2016. When I started to utilize these treatment options in the field I started seeing amazing results. Dogs that could no longer go up and down the stairs were now meeting their owner at the top of the stairs without assistance. Cats with arthritis, who only lay in a couple spots in the house, now move around more freely to their old favorite places. Animals with other diseases such as chronic sneezing and difficulty breathing now having a better quality of life. It’s been a pleasure seeing these results.

In March of this year, I started working with a class 3 cold laser. Cold laser projects a modified laser beam which increases blood flow to the affected area causing chemical reactions within the body helping to reduce inflammation and improve pain relief. I was convinced of its benefits after an 8-month-old dog, who was too painful to even pet on the hind end due to hip dysplasia, allowed me to place acupuncture needles after one treatment without discomfort. I now use it together regularly with my acupuncture treatments. My first cold laser patient is now able to run up the stairs again.

Acupetvet focuses on quality of life improvements offering alternative methods of treating and preventing diseases. It is important to note that these alternative methods do not replace conventional medicine, but simply augment it. Acupetvet treatments help minimize pain and improve your pet’s quality of life.

Has it been a smooth road?
As pet acupuncture and laser therapy is relatively new compared with other more conventional treatment options, many do not know a lot about it. Further, it can be challenging to understand how it works. I took a class that evaluates how these techniques work from a scientific point of view. I found that acupuncture points are affiliated with nerves and blood vessels. Targeting these areas help increase blood flow and help decrease inflammation of those nerves. Treatments of this type also facilitate a release of natural substances from the body that help with pain control.

Another challenge has been reaching prospective clientele. With new technology and nearly everything online now, businesses need to educate themselves on the options that give them the most visibility. It took about 6 months for me to get these aspects worked out. Since then Acupetvet has grown steadily.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Acupetvet offers alternative therapy and educational services typically not offered at conventional clinics. These services include acupuncture, laser therapy, and nutritional consultations, which are beneficial for treatment and prevention.

These treatments help increase the quality of and prolong life.

Additionally, Acupetvet offers exam and consults to discuss symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options. It can be challenging at times to fully understand what is going on with ones’ beloved pet. Many times, there are a number of treatment options and it may be difficult to comprehend them all. I take the time to personally review previous physical exams, diagnosis and treatment options with each owner.

Since I provide at-home veterinary care, I usually allow at least 30-45 minutes per appointment so all issues and concerns can be properly addressed. Home visits are relatively unique and are valuable to owners and pets. The value is derived from the convenience, extra time spent with each patient, as well as enabling the pet to be seen in their natural environment resulting in less stress.

The close relationship I am able to build with the patient and client is also something unique. I usually get to know the owners and their family well.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I think the area I am in is growing more supportive towards alternative or natural approaches of medicine and so, I believe the overall Boston area is really ideal for this type of business. In fact, many of my clients have used these therapies or know someone who has and seen great results. They see their pet suffering and want their pet to have the same treatment and benefits they received from their own therapy.

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