Dr. Dantzler will come to your house or ranch. She will take time to discuss your animal’s complete history. She will then do a thorough examination, focusing on locating painful areas and perform the appropriate type of treatment. If aquapuncture is used, this will take about 10 minutes to complete. If dry needling is used, she aims for the needles to stay in for around 15 minutes, though it is okay if they fall out sooner than that. If electrostimulation is used, the duration of time will depend on the setting required and how still the patient is, but can take up to 45 minutes.

The number of sessions depends on the condition and how long it has been going on. Often chronic cases will take longer to respond than more acute cases. Animals with chronic problems often need long-term maintenance treatments, whereas acute problems may be cured with acupuncture treatment. In addition, different animals respond differently to the treatments by releasing different levels of chemicals within the body, making acupuncture as a treatment for them more or less effective.

Please keep in mind that Dr. Dantzler does not provide any routine or emergency care. Please contact your primary care veterinarian or emergency veterinarian (options listed below) for routine, urgent or emergent care.

Dr. Dantzler will keep detailed records of your animal’s history, exam and treatment. If you would like a copy for yourself or your primary care veterinarian, it can be made available upon request.

Please note that Dr. Dantzler does not travel with an assistant, so she does rely on owners to hold their own animals.

Current hours:

Monterey: Mondays 10am-3pm

Santa Cruz: Wednesdays and Fridays 9am-2pm

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For emergencies:

For small animals in Santa Cruz County:

Pacific and Santa Cruz Veterinary Specialists –

For small animals in Monterey County:

Blue Pearl Pet Hospital –

Monterey Peninsula Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center –

For large animals:

Call your primary veterinarian or the on-call veterinarian through the Santa Cruz Large Animal Emergency Service Group at 831-440-6912