Acupuncture

PETS ARE FAMILY TOO!

Acupuncture is a respected method of healing that was developed in China thousands of years ago, and is still in widespread use today.  The technique involves the stimulation of particular body regions in an effort to maintain natural balance and wellbeing.  Modern research has shown that stimulating specific nerves, mast cells, and small lymph and blood vessels can serve to release endorphins and other natural pain relieving chemicals into the body.

Body & Balance

Through the regular course of day to day life, the natural energy in your pet's body can become unbalanced, resulting in a variety of diseases and illnesses.  Acupuncture serves as a 'fine-tuning device,' helping to regain effective energy balance and allowing your pet's body to return to its optimal condition.  Virtually painless, most animals find acupuncture relaxing.  Some even fall asleep during treatments.

Acupuncture Treatment

Using fine needles, fluids, mild current, specialized herbs and gentle pressure, acupuncture can be effective in enhancing general health, preventing illness, and treating a wide variety of diseases and conditions including:

  • Muscle soreness
  • Back pain/disc problems
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Movement/walking issues
  • Neurologic disorders (Seizures, nerve weakness, paralysis)
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Kidney disease
  • Asthma
  • Cough
  • Behavioral issues
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Skin issues

Frequently Asked Questions

Is acupuncture safe for my pet?
Acupuncture is very safe and effective when performed by a trained, certified, veterinary acupuncturist.  Minor side effects such as light bruising and residual sedation are uncommon, and short-lived when they do occur.  In rare case, symptoms worsen before improving.

How long is a treatment session?
Treatment times vary based on the condition being addressed.  The typical treatment takes between 20 and 60 minutes.

How many treatments are needed?
Treatment frequency and duration can vary based on the severity and type of condition being addressed.  Minor injuries might be treated effectively in a single visit, while a series of three to five treatments might be required before seeing appreciable improvement in more serious conditions.  Chronic or progressive diseases may require regular treatment over a longer period of time.

How are appointment structured?
Your pet will be seen for an initial consultation during which a diagnosis is made and a treatment plan established.  'Drop off' appointments are then made for successive treatments according to the plan.  You will be asked to report on your pet's progress/condition prior to each treatment.