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Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine

Dr. Bray studied acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine at the Chi Institute, a leader in traditional Chinese veterinary medicine in the United States, and received her designation as a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist in 2008. Since then, she has performed over 900 acupuncture treatments with patients from all over Maryland and the District of Columbia. Dr. Bray has successfully addressed a variety of issues with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine including: musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, and intervertebral disc disease; kidney disease; seizure disorders; respiratory disease; and behavioral problems. In April 2010, Dr. Bray was featured on WBFF FOX45 for her acupuncture treatment of a condition that had no western medicine treatment options.

Meet some of our acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine patients.

Allie: 21-year-old Domestic Shorthaired Cat


Allie started receiving acupuncture at age 18. She was having difficulty getting around, especially going up and down steps, and her owner wanted some relief for her. While Allie did not always enjoy coming to the vet, she really enjoyed her acupuncture sessions! During her electro-acupuncture sessions, she would fall asleep in a comfy kitty bed. Allie’s owner saw dramatic improvement in her mobility as a result of the acupuncture treatment. She was able to climb steps and to keep her strength even in her older years. Dr. Bray saw her every 3-4 weeks and she lived a very comfortable and happy life for another 3 years. Allie recently passed away at age 21 from heart failure. We miss her very much!

Shadow: 6-month-old Husky with Congenital Hydrocephalus


Shadow was diagnosed at a few months of age with Congenital Hydrocephalus, a disease that causes neurologic signs such as seizures. With a combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, food therapy and anti-seizure medication her seizures are finally under control and she can be her happy and very playful self again!

Flame and Ashley: 14-year-old Domestic Short Haired Cats with Liver Cancer (Flame) and Renal Failure (Ashley)


These two kitties are housemates and have come to Bayside regularly for acupuncture to help manage their conditions. You can see from this picture that they are very comfortable during treatment. Ashley’s treatment is strengthening her kidneys. Sadly, we lost Flame a few months ago to cancer. Despite a long, hard battle with cancer, acupuncture helped slow the progression of his condition and made him more comfortable. He was a wonderful cat and will be missed.

Moses: 4-year-old French Bulldog with a Cranial Cruciate Ligament Tear


Moses, a champion show dog, had surgery to repair his torn cranial cruciate ligament. Despite doing well post-operatively, the owner wanted to get him up and walking with a normal gait for several big shows. Acupuncture facilitated the healing from surgery and accelerated Moses’ recovery. He performed beautifully!