Dr. Fowler specializes and is certified in all branches of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) and is one of only 20 Veterinarians in the world designated “Certified TCVM Practitioner”.
We offer personalized service with extended appointment times and one on one consultations with Dr. Fowler. In addition to a thorough Chinese examination, Dr. Fowler can review your pet's bloodwork, radiographs, medications, diet and supplements. She will address all of your questions and concerns. Our ultimate goal is for your animal to live a longer, happier, and better quality of life.
Dr. Margaret Fowler has transferred her practice to Dr. Amy Van Dyke. Dr. Fowler will continue to teach at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, and she will continue to consult regularly with Dr. Van Dyke to help ensure a smooth transition for you and your pets. She recommends Dr. Amy Van Dyke and Jennifer to start and to continue your loved one's care. Please call to schedule your appointment today. Visit our website for more information acupuncturepets.com.
Wolfgang suffered from a sudden hind limb paraparesis resulting from intervertebral disc disease. Emergency surgery was his best hope to ever walk again. After the surgery, the surgeon recommended acupuncture. He had seen tremendous results with acupuncture. Acupuncture doesn’t sound believable to me. However, Dr. Amy and Sarah from Animal Health Center had been Wolfgang’s veterinarian and technician for years. They were performing acupuncture now, and we had already invested so much in Wolfgang’s care that we figured we would give it a shot. When he had acupuncture, it had been 9 days since his surgery. Maybe it was a coincidence and he was already healed to that level by the surgery, but that night he stood up on his own for the first time since his back first went out! He stretched out comfortably that night to sleep for the first time since his surgery. He improved rapidly to the point that 2 days later, he was walking unassisted (like a drunkard, but walking!) and comfortably stretching out and rolling over to scratch his back on the carpet. He still had a ways to go to recover, but the one session seemed to jump start his recovery. In the end, I’m glad we tried acupuncture whether the improvement was due solely to the surgery or whether it was sped along by the acupuncture. We needed to know that we tried everything available for him. He still walks a little wobbly, but I am glad he is back to his walking, running, and spirited self again!
Marlys and Kevin Cocozzoli
Squealy became very sick when he was 5 and ½ years old (very old for a guinea pig). He quit eating and playing and had diarrhea. Dr Fowler diagnosed a large tumor in his abdomen. His X-ray showed that the tumor filled up most of his abdomen. Because Squealy was too old and weak to survive surgery, we acupunctured him once and put him on anti-cancer Chinese herbs. Squealy immediately started eating again and the diarrhea disappeared. Within one month the tumor shrank to half its original size and by the second month it had shrunk by over 80%. And he loves his Chinese herbs!
Jessie, Dr Fowler’s 12 year old lab, had a dysplastic and arthritic right hip and an arthritic right shoulder from a pier diving accident. When Jessie was 4 years old, she was given 2 doses of Rimadyl, a common Western pain medication for dogs. Jessie had a nearly fatal liver reaction to this medication. After nursing her back to health, Dr Fowler treated Jessie’s arthritis and pain completely holistically. She did extremely well with occasional acupuncture, Tui-Na bodywork, and continuous use of Body Sore, a wonderful Chinese herbal formula for pain and inflammation which does not pose the health risks of liver and kidney disease typical of Western arthritis medications. With this treatment Jessie felt great and still dove from the pier and chased off an occasional black bear. She lived another 9 years with an excellent quality of life due to TCVM.
Gypsy is an 11 year old Black Lab who enjoys every aspect of life except the obedience ring. She loves to swim, retrieve, dive off boat docks and agility. Her special talent is that of a Therapy Dog. She has been involved in many areas as a Delta Society Pet Partner; visiting Gulf Coast Hospital, reading to special children, visiting nursing homes and doing ‘Meet the Breed Program’. Additionally, we are puppy raisers for Canine Companions for Independence, raising our sixth puppy at this time. Gypsy is our assistant puppy raiser and teaches good maners and socialization. At age 10, Gypsy began to have health problems. She was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, spondilitis of the spine and chronic bladder infections. A joint effort of our Veterinarian and Dr. Margaret Fowler has given Gypsy back a comfortable quality of life. She receives acupuncture every 4 weeks along with Chinese herbs which have increased her mobility and helped with her numerous urinary problems. We have seen a dramatic upswing in her quality of life since the intiiation of the acupuncture treatments.
Delta Society Pet Partner
Before Spike started his acupuncture treatments with Dr. Fowler, the pain in his back had stolen his youth and turned him into an old, crotchety dog. Now, he’s a much happier, more sociable dog. He enjoys walking and swimming and de-stuffing all his toys! His whole personality changed from a “don’t touch me” attitude to a “let’s play” one. It’s been wonderful to see the change and to get our lovable dog back.
Lenny and Susan Butler
Sandy started having severe cluster seizures when he was 14 months old. These life threatening seizures were so severe that Sandy would become physically ill. Our Veterinarian tried to control them with high doses of phenobarbital and potassium bromide. While these helped somewhat, Sandy was still having these severe seizures, even at near toxic doses of the medications. Our Veterinarian, after reading an article on how acupuncture can help seizures, referred us to Dr. Margaret Fowler. After starting acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy, Sandy’s seizures quickly became less frequent and definitely less severe. Sandy became happy and playful again. For over 1 year we had good seizure control, then Sandy started having seizures more frequently and his body and head became hot to the touch. Dr. Fowler re-evaluated Sandy and added a new herbal formula to balance Sandy’s Yin and Yang. This herbal immediately “cooled” Sandy and controlled his seizures. Although he still has an occasional seizure, they are shorter, less frequent, and Sandy recovers from them much more quickly. Thanks to Chinese herbal therapy and acupuncture, Sandy is once again the happy, mischievous and playful dog we adopted years ago.
Belle is my 4 year old Quarter Horse Mare I use for Western pleasure riding. She typically has a sweet disposition and works well under saddle. One summer for no apparent reason, she quit performing well and started having some anger outbursts. She even picked a gate up off its hinges and tossed it. She would pin her ears back and charge us trying to bite. My trainer, Johnnie Dukes, suggested chiropractic treatment for Belle and that led us to Dr. Fowler. Dr. Fowler evaluated Belle and discovered she had a liver heat imbalance that was causing the anger outbursts, sore back and hip muscles, and an upper neck subluxation. Belle was treated with acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and a chiropractic adjustment. She was significantly better off after her first treatment and after the second treatment I had my sweet Belle back. Both I and my trainer recommend Dr. Fowler for equine behavioral and performance issues.
Our 11 1/2 yr old mixed breed (lab?beagle?terrier?doberman?) has experienced front leg lameness and stiffness in all legs and back for the past 3 years. We tried the usual Western NSAID’S and tramadol, and even an Western herbal supplement-each with limited success. Most recently, Maggie had become more inactive, and worse, had reduced her interactions with family, rarely even rising to greet us or wag her tail. Not certain what was causing this, and fearing she was in pain, I started looking for Vets here in Panama City Beach where we were spending the winter. I saw Dr. Fowler’s website and noted her training in TCVM, and her approach, which was more holistic than any vet we’d visited. Since we’d tried everything else, I thought=why not? Maggie deserves any opportunity to improve the quality of her remaining years. Dr. Fowler came to the house and performed a thorough assessment (the foundation of any successful treatment plan). She prescribed Chinese herbal formulas, dietary changes, began acupuncture, and vitamin B-12 injections. Thus, we started a new chapter in Maggie’s life, and now, 5 weeks later we have seen marked improvement in Maggie’s back pain and lameness-making believers of me (an old RN) and my very traditional (western medicine) family. We will continue as long as we are in Panama City Beach. When we return home, we hope to find someone with Dr. Fowler’s ability and training to continue Maggie’s treatment.