What is Acupuncture?
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to effectively treat ailments in both people and animals. Originating in China, acupuncture is a form of treatment where sterile needles are inserted into specific points on the body to produce a healing response.
Acupuncture has many benefits. It can stimulate nerves, increase blood circulation, relieve muscle spasms, reduce inflammation and stimulate the body’s natural pain control.
The goal of veterinary acupuncture is to improve a pet’s overall well-being, reduce pain symptoms and help your pet return to old behaviors (such as playing with a favorite toy, going for walks, etc).
How can acupuncture help my pet?
Acupuncture can be very effective in healing or managing a variety of conditions, including:
- Joint and muscle problems
- Skin problems and allergies
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Neurological disorders
- Kidney and liver disease
- Respiratory problems
- Chronic wounds
Acupuncture may be used alone or alongside Traditional Western medicine.
What will acupuncture be like for my pet?
You may be surprised to know that most pets tolerate acupuncture really well and in fact, find it very calming and relaxing!
There are different ways to perform acupuncture. Dr. Sara or Dr. Lindsay will work with you to determine the best method for your pet, depending on the condition to be treated and your pet’s temperament.
Often we treat pets with just the sterile needles. This is called ‘dry needling.’ However, some pets may benefit from aquapuncture (the injection of a sterile liquid such as Vitamin B12 into acupoints), electroacupuncture, moxibustion (applying heat to needles), or Low Energy Proton Therapy (LEPT). LEPT is great for those few pets that resist the placement of needles.
The needles are typically left in for 10 to 20 minutes.
How many treatments are needed?
The number of treatments your pet would need depends on your pet’s unique situation. In some cases, a single treatment is enough. If your pet suffers from chronic problems, he or she may need three or more treatments given weekly or bi-weekly. Some degenerative conditions such as arthritis may need ‘maintenance treatments’ every 4 to 8 weeks.
How do I find out more?
You may have more questions, and if you do, please contact us! We’ll be happy to assist. Our doctors are able to see acupuncture patients Monday through Friday.
If you’re interested in acupuncture for your pet, we’ll ask you to fill out a form about your pet’s medical history, personality, preferences and lifestyle. This will help Dr. Sara or Dr. Audrey develop a specific acupuncture plan. Then, once the Doctor meets your pet and performs an initial physical evaluation, she will revisit the plan to make sure it best meets the needs of your pet.