Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body in order to produce a healing response. It has been a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years and requires comprehensive training by a licensed veterinarian. In conjunction with Western medicine, we use veterinary acupuncture to reduce pain and muscle spasms, stimulate nerves, increase blood circulation, and support the immune system.
Acupuncture is virtually painless and most pets tolerate it well. In fact, many pets seem to look forward to the extra attention and treats given during an acupuncture session. The length and frequency of treatments will depend on the condition being treated and the method of stimulation (dry needling , electroacupuncture, aquapuncture, laser, etc.). During an acupuncture session, we also discuss nutrition, supplements, and other modalities that may benefit your pet.
Common indications for acupuncture include:
- Intervertebral disc disease, including pain, weakness, and paralysis
- Chronic arthritic conditions such as hip and elbow dysplasia
- Gastrointestinal issues, including constipation and inflammatory bowel disease
- Chronic urinary tract disorders such as incontinence
- Geriatric conditions, including pain, weakness, and restlessness