A gentle, non-invasive, ancient Chinese approach.
Acupuncture is a gentle, non-invasive treatment used to treat sick and injured pets. This particular treatment is especially helpful for animals living with chronic health conditions such as arthritis.
Acupuncture is a holistic healing practice that originated thousands of years ago in China. In recent years, its effectiveness at treating a wide variety of conditions has been validated by numerous research studies.
The process of acupuncture involves placing thin, sterilized needles into specific parts of the body, known as acupuncture points, to encourage healing. Acupuncture can be used to provide relief from the following conditions:
- Neck and/or back pain
- Arthritis and musculoskeletal injuries
- Cancer and symptoms associated with chemotherapy
- Respiratory problems such as asthma
- Chronic kidney and urinary tract disease
- Skin problems such as allergies
- Acute and chronic conditions that have not responded to traditional medicine
- Acute and chronic conditions that are currently being treated with traditional medicine
Additionally, acupuncture aids in neurological recovery, immune system support, and senior pet care.
How will my pet react to veterinary acupuncture?
Luckily, most pets accept veterinary acupuncture with ease. Of the few that initially dislike needles, many become receptive over time. Because acupuncture needles are so fine, pets rarely experience any discomfort and most lie down to rest during the session.
Treatments are relaxing, balancing, and tailored to each individual patient. The number of sessions your pet will require is based on the issue being addressed as well as their response to treatment. For most pets with chronic conditions, 4-8 initial sessions, 1-2 weeks apart, with monthly or bi-monthly follow-ups is recommended. For acute conditions, 2-3 sessions may suffice. The initial consultation is 60 minutes, and each subsequent session lasts about 40 minutes.
If you’d like to learn more about acupuncture or you’d like to schedule a consultation for your pet, call us at (978) 256-9555.