We pamper them. We bring them wherever we go. We photograph them, capture them on video, and even take them to daycare. “Them,” of course, refers to our pets. We love them as part of our families and want them to enjoy the best lives possible.
Helping us to do that just that is Polly Fleckenstein, DVM, MS, CVA, a local veterinarian who advocates using modern and cutting edge treatments as well as integrative medicine modalities that include centuries-old practices.
On Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Dr. Fleckenstein will present “Integrative Medicine for Pets,” as part of Crouse Hospital’s Integrative Medicine Educational Series. The seminar, free and open to the public, starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Marley Education Center, 765 Irving Ave. Light refreshments will be available before the presentation and parking is free in the Marley and Crouse Hospital garages.
To register, call 315-472-2464. Please note that attendees’ pets may not accompany them to the event.
“Today’s diagnostic and therapeutic options are on par with human medical advances and many can be accomplished by your own veterinarian or one trained in integrative modalities for animals, says Dr. Fleckenstein. “Animals also respond very well to integrative and complementary options, such as acupuncture, massage, physical rehabilitation, spinal manipulation, nutritional therapy, herbal supplements, homeopathy, environmental/ behavioral modification and traditional Chinese veterinary medicine. With the array of healing and preventative modalities available to augment traditional veterinary treatments, pets today can enjoy physical and emotional well-being like never before,” she notes.
Dr. Fleckenstein, associated with Veterinary Medical Center of Central New York (VMC), received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University in 1993. She was awarded a Master of Science degree from Cornell University in 1994 in Animal Nutrition and Toxicology, and a Bachelor of Science with Honors in 1986. Dr. Fleckenstein completed a one-year internship at South Shore Veterinary Hospital in Weymouth, MA, practiced at a veterinary emergency and specialty facility in Massachusetts, as well as a local general practice prior to joining VMC in 2003. Dr. Fleckenstein received her certification in veterinary acupuncture in 2000, after having completed extensive training, casework and certifying examination. She is a credentialed veterinarian for Vet-Stem Regenerative Therapy, and is active in national and local veterinary organizations. Dr. Fleckenstein splits her time between the acupuncture service and the emergency service at VMC.