The length and frequency of acupuncture treatments depend on the severity, duration, and nature of the ailment or condition presented by the animal. A simple acute problem, such as a sprain, may require only one treatment, whereas more severe or chronic ailments may need several treatments. Positive results are generally seen after the first to fourth treatment. When multiple treatments are necessary, they usually begin intensively and are tapered to maximum efficiency. On the first visit, a detailed health history will be taken and an appropriate treatment plan determined, based on the animal signs and symptoms and the examined findings.