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Northridge Veterinary Clinic and Rehabilitation is a full-service medical and surgical hospital. We will offer you and your pet the very best in a wide range of medical and surgical care. We have special interests in companion-animal medicine, orthopedics, soft tissue surgery, physical and neurological rehabilitation, acupuncture, pain management and exotic and zoological care.
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  • Veterinary Acupuncture
  • Companion-Animal Care
  • Orthopedics
  • Soft Tissue Surgery
  • Pain Management
  • Exotic and Zoological Care
  • Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA)

Veterinary Acupuncture

Acupuncture can be performed on all species of animals, from dogs and cats, horses and cattle, to exotics. Typically, a patient is treated once a week, and a positive response is observed between the first and fourth treatment. Chronic conditions may need 3 to 6 treatments for a maximum response and are than tapered to 2 to 4 treatments per year. Treatments may last up to 30 minutes, though the length and frequency of treatment depends upon the condition of the patient.

Acupuncture Explained

The word "acupuncture" is Latin and simply refers to "piercing with a sharp instrument." The technique has been used in veterinary practice for at least 3,000 years. During a treatment, small, sterile, stainless-steel needles are inserted into specific points of the body to stimulate the nervous system and cause a desired effect.

Acupuncture is especially indicated for functional problems such as those involving pain, non-infectious inflammation and nerve injuries. It can also be used along with conventional treatments for internal medical issues.

It works primarily through the central nervous system and is known to affect all major physiological systems. Acupuncture can have many beneficial effects such as increased circulation, release of neurochemicals and hormones, muscle spasm relief and a stimulation to the immune system.

There are at least four distinct acupuncture therapies with different rationales and efficacies:

  • Classical
    Based on the philosophical and medical understanding of the ancient Chinese.
  • Scientific / Medical
    Based on current neuroanatomical and physiological understandings. Scientific acupuncture seeks to show effectiveness through controlled, clinical trials and to understand why the modality of acupuncture works.
  • Trigger Point Therapy
    The treatment of tender "muscle knots" and alleviating the pain emanating from the points, also known as myofascial pain syndrome.
  • Acupuncture with Electrical Stimulation
    Used primarily in cases of chronic pain such as with arthritis. Also used when additional stimulation of the nerves at acupuncture points is desired.

Companion-Animal Care

We have an in-house laboratory offering rapid diagnostic results while you wait, or same day.


We have a special interest in orthopedics, including, but not limited to, surgery for patellar luxation, cranial cruciate ligament injury, fracture repair and bone plating.

Soft Tissue Acupuncture

We have years of experience in procedures, including, but not limited to, exploratory laparotomy, cystotomy, gastrotomy, enterotomoy, gastropexy and surgical oncology.

Pain Management

More and more treatment modalities for pain management have become available in the last 2 decades. We utilize all the tools available to us including multimodal pharmaceutical treatment, acupuncture, nutritional and supplemental support and physical rehabilitation. Our goal is always patient comfort, mobility and quality of life.

Exotic and Zoological Care

Dr. Amy Ekerberg was the veterinarian for the Dakota Zoo in Bismarck, North Dakota. She has experience with many species. We are willing to see exotic pets without species limitations.

Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA)

Historically, rehabilitation on knee surgeries in general has been limited to one common recommendation—cage rest! Veterinarians have been reluctant to allow their patients to perform even the slightest of exercise movements postoperative, for fear that the patient will ruin the work (and expense) already performed. If we have learned one thing from human medicine, the sooner the patient is up and using the leg, the quicker will be the recovery. There is only one modification to this thought that should be stated here, if the leg does not hurt, the dog will use it, and premature overuse of the leg will result in critical damage to the proper healing process. We cannot overemphasize enough, do not let your dog run loose until the doctor has pronounced the surgery a success.

Treatment of the Cranial Cruciate
TTA Post-Operative Instructions