Acupuncture is the traditional Chinese medicine of inserting thin metal needles into various areas of the body, stimulating key anatomical points. It can be used to aid sedation, manage pain, supplement surgical procedures, or it can be a therapy on its own.
By offering our pet patients acupuncture therapy, we aim to release toxins through an alternative, non-medicated method of healing and rehabilitation. If you are interested in acupuncture for your pet, contact our office today.
Acupuncture can serve as a therapy for the following disorders:
- Cardiovascular (cardiomyopathy, etc)
- Dermatological (allergic dermatitis, chronic skin disease, etc)
- Gastrointestinal (inflammatory bowel disease, constipation, etc)
- Musculoskeletal (arthritis, hip dysplasia, etc)
- Neurological (epilepsy, paralysis, etc)
- Respiratory (asthma, chronic coughing, etc)
- Urological (kidney disease, incontinence, etc)
- Is acupuncture safe and will it cause my pet pain?
Acupuncture is one of the oldest, safest forms of therapy still utilized today. When pet acupuncture is performed by a trained therapist, its implementation can help heal pets with side effects being rare and minimal.
Most pet owners assume that because acupuncture utilizes needles, it must be painful. In reality, the needles are only noticed by the patient for a quick second when they are first inserted. The initial insertion of the needle is slightly less painful than a vaccination or injection and is followed by a numb tingling. Most patients completely relax or fall asleep during treatments.
What if my pet is sensitive to or afraid of needles?
We offer laser acupuncture for pets who are hypersensitive to needles. With this option, the veterinarian uses our Class IV therapy laser to stimulate each prescribed acupuncture point for 15 seconds at a time until all necessary points have been activated.
How long is an acupuncture session?
The length of each acupuncture session depends upon the issue being treated and the amount of needles that need to be inserted. After insertion, the needles should stay in for 10-20 minutes for full benefit. Laser acupuncture sessions are generally shorter because the points are activated by the laser for 15 seconds each and there are no needles in the body.
How frequently does my pet need acupuncture?
The scheduling and frequency of acupuncture treatments will vary between patients. At your first appointment, the veterinarian will discuss a unique schedule for your individual pet. Most patients usually receive 1 to 3 treatments per week for a period of 4 to 6 weeks. After the patient begins responding to treatment, the regularity of sessions is gradually lessened until treatment is only necessary 4 to 6 times per year.
If you have any questions about pet acupuncture therapy, please contact our office.