There are times when traditional veterinary treatments are unable to heal our pets, and acupuncture is an alternative when Western veterinary medicines fail. Acupuncture can also be a first line of defense to certain conditions if someone wishes not to give their pet medicines or chemicals often prescribed by modern veterinarians. Acupuncture is defined by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society as “the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to produce a healing response.” Our doctors have been trained to effectively treat your pets using acupuncture for many chronic conditions including arthritis, respiratory issues such as asthma, skin conditions, gastrointestinal problems, and neurological conditions including paralysis and epilepsy.
Does acupuncture hurt?
In many cases, the needles our clinic uses are extremely small and are virtually painless. There are cases when treating larger animals, the needles are a bit larger and may cause slight discomfort as we place the needles in the skin. Once the needles have been inserted, pets relax as natural endorphins are released and some may even fall asleep!
How does acupuncture work?
When acupuncture first began to be used, there were no methods to determine how or why it was effective. Advances in Western medicine such as MRI, have shown that acupuncture stimulates nerve endings, releases endorphins, improves blood circulation, and can relieve muscle spasms in our pets. These are known benefits, and other ways in which acupuncture benefits animals are still being studied. Schedule an appointment for a consultation to determine if acupuncture may be effective for your pet’s condition.