Acupuncture in Veterinary Medicine

Our doctors and staff are dedicated to providing the best treatments available in Veterinary Medicine for the total health and well being of our patients. We are now able to integrate Veterinary Acupuncture with our more conventional technologies and treatment procedures. Veterinary Acupuncture is not a new technique; it has been utilized in China for atleast 3000 years. Acupuncture is now used worldwide to treat various illnesses in every species of domestic animal as well as exotics. In 1996, the American Veterinary Medical Association approved guidelines concerning veterinary acupuncture and considered it "an integral part of veterinary medicine".

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Ancient Chinese medicine defines disease as an imbalance of energy in the body. Acupuncture is believed to balance this energy and, thereby, assist the body to heal disease. Acupuncture increases blood circulation, stimulates nerves, and relieves muscle spasm. Additionally, acupuncture relieves pain by triggering the release of endorphins (the body's pain control chemical) and cortisol (a natural steroid).

How Can Acupuncture Help My Pet?

Some of the general conditions that may be treated with acupuncture are:

Musculoskeletal problems - arthritis or disc disease

Skin disorders - such as lick granulomas

Respiratory problems

Gastrointestinal problems - diarrhea/constipation

Certain reproductive problems

Is Acupuncture Safe for Animals?

Acupuncture has proven to be a very safe and effective treatment in human medicine, when provided by a certified acupuncturist. Veterinary acupuncture is equally as safe when administered by a properly trained veterinarian. The procedure is virtually painless as well. Most animals become relaxed and may even experience sleepiness.

How Many Treatmens Will My Pet Need?

The length of each treatment and the number of treatments required is dependent upon the particular medical condition affecting your pet. A problem such as a sprain may need only one treatment, while a chronic condition like asthma may need several treatments.

For more information or to determine whether acupuncture might be an appropriate treatment for your pet, call our office.