Acupuncture

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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is treatment by the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body in order to produce a desired response. The specific acupuncture points have been well charted for both humans and animals and were conceptualized by ancient Chinese scholars to be connected with each other and various internal organs via energetic pathways known as meridians or channels. Many of these channels trace the paths of the body’s major nerve trunks.

Who practices Veterinary Acupuncture?

When preformed by a trained professional, acupuncture is extremely safe, but because of the potential for harm if the treatments are done incorrectly, only a properly trained veterinarian should perform acupuncture on animals.  The American Veterinary Medical Association consider the practice of acupuncture to be the practice of veterinary medicine, and as such, should only be performed by a licensed veterinarian.

 What conditions are most often treated with acupuncture?

In veterinary medicine, the most common conditions that are treated include nerve injuries, intervertebral disk disease, degenerative myelopathy, epilepsy and other central nervous system disorders, asthma, allergic dermatitis, and chronic pain.

 How can my pet benefit from acupuncture?

Acupuncture stimulates healing of some conditions and provides effective pain relief in others.  If properly applied, it may eliminate the need for surgery in certain conditions.  Following surgery, it can improve the patients’ comfort level and speed up the post-operative recovery period.  In some cases, it may reduce or eliminate the need for chronic medication. Acupuncture can also be combined with more traditional western medicine.

Comments (2)

  1. Prices

    I have a 15yr old cat who has a touch of arthritis and is also terrified of just about everything. I’ve had other cats that had acupuncture, so I’m a true believer in how it works. I’m just curious about your pricing compared to my vet.

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