Let’s meet Scout. She’s a sweet, 14-year-old Beagle, who started limping on her left front leg about a year ago. Sometimes her pain was so bad she would not even bear weight on the leg at all. Her owner, Cara brought her in and a physical exam revealed both shoulder and elbow pain. She tried …READ MORE
Acupuncture is the ancient Chinese practice of placing sterile needles in specific points to bring about physiological changes in the body. This practice has been used for thousands of years to treat many ailments.
What is Veterinary Acupuncture?
Veterinary acupuncture is performed the same as it would be on a human. This technique is used to treat a variety of health problems in animals, including:
- Neurological disorders
- Orthopedic patients
- Geriatric patients
- Musculoskeletal problems
- Nerve injuries
- Gastrointestinal problems
In addition, if you have a pet that is a competitive athlete, acupuncture can be used to treat and prevent injury. By using acupuncture on a regular basis, your pet can increase their mobility and performance in their sport.
How Does Veterinary Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture works by finding specific points in the body that link to the nervous system and stimulating them with tiny needles. By stimulating these points, there will be specific changes in the nervous system. These changes help the body heal itself by causing certain, positive, physiological changes.
Is Acupuncture Painful for My Pet?
Since the needles used in acupuncture are so small, pets will feel virtually no pain at all, though this may vary on the size of the animal. However, once the needles are through their skin, they will not feel any pain. Most pets will feel relaxed once the insertion is finished, though needles in certain areas will cause some discomfort to certain pets.
Is Acupuncture Safe for Animals?
Acupuncture is one of the safest forms of treatment for pets when it is performed by a certified veterinary acupuncturist. There are little to no side effects to acupuncture – most commonly, an animal may seem sleepy for up to 48 hours after treatment. This just means that the physiological changes described above are taking place, and that after a few days, the animal will improve their energy level and pain will be decreased.
Interested to learn more about how veterinary acupuncture could help your pet? Please contact our Glenwood Ave. location.