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Posted on 08-24-2015
What is veterinary acupuncture & can it help my pet?
How Does it Work?
Acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system which, in turn, impacts the musculoskeletal, hormonal, and cardiovascular systems. Acupuncture causes the release of neurotransmitters and hormones, such as endorphins- a natural pain killer. However, acupuncture does much more than relieve pain. It has been shown to increase circulation, relieve muscle spasms, stimulate the body’s immune system, and much more.
Is it Safe? Acupuncture is one of the safest therapies available if practiced by a competent acupuncturist. Side effects are rare.
Is it Painful? How Will my Pet React?
Acupuncture is performed with sterilized, thin, stainless steel needles. The needles are about the width of dental floss. Sometimes your pet might experience a brief moment of sensitivity as the needle penetrates the skin, but once the needles are in place most pets relax. MANY PETS EVEN FALL ASLEEP DURING THE PROCEDURE ! Just like any other veterinary procedure, nervous pets may need some time to adjust.
How Often and for How Long Will My Pet Be Treated?
Similar to other veterinary conditions, the length and frequency of treatments depends on the condition and type of treatment used. Acupuncture treatments may last from 10 minutes to 30 minutes. Your pet might be seen as frequently as 3 times per week, but most pets are treated once weekly for 4-6 weeks. After the initial treatment period, the veterinarian will assess your pet’s response to acupuncture and determine if the treatments will continue.
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