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Posted on 08-24-2015

What is veterinary acupuncture & can it help my pet?

Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body. These points have the ability to alter various biomechanical and physiological conditions. Simply stated, acupuncture helps the body heal itself. Many vets are now using acupuncture along side more traditional veterinary tools to treat disease conditions. Acupuncture is most effective at treating functional problems such as paralysis, noninfectious inflammation (such as allergies), and pain. Here are some conditions that your vet might treat with acupuncture:

                            *Musculoskeletal problems, such as arthritis or disc pathology

                            *Skin problems, such as lick granuloma

                            *Respiratory problems, such as feline asthma

                            *Gastrointestinal problems, such as diarrhea

                            * Organ problems, such as kidney or liver disorders

                            *Autoimmune problems               

 

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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