What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the treatment of conditions or symptoms through the insertion of very fine needles at specific acupuncture points. Acupuncture is an ancient form of medicine that has been used for thousands of years. Acupuncture points are generally in areas where vessels and nerves are bundled, and are connected to each other and to internal organs through pathways, or meridians. When meridians are stimulated, pain and inflammation are reduced which promotes healing and improves function.
Will it hurt?
Acupuncture needles are very thin and most animals do not react when they are placed. In fact, most treatments have quite a soothing/calming effect and animals tend to enjoy their treatments.
How long does it take?
The first session will be about an hour in length. We will get a thorough history and physical exam and then start the acupuncture treatment. The acupuncture itself involves setting the needles which have to stay in place for 15 minutes. Follow up sessions are typically only 15 minutes. We try to do two treatments weekly for 4 weeks and then assess the response.
After 4 weeks, the treatments become more spread out and eventually are only needed once every 4-6 weeks.
Will it help my pet?
Musculoskeletal Issues - If you have a dog or cat with back disease, soft tissue injuries where surgery isn't an option, or chronic arthritis where pain medication is not enough, acupuncture can often add the extra relief your animal needs.
Kidney Disease - Chronic kidney disease is very common in both older dogs and cats and the treatment is mainly supportive. Acupuncture has been shown to improve kidney function.
Allergies - Acupuncture is great at reducing inflammation. Many diseases are secondary to widespread inflammation in the body (allergies, dermatitis, cystitis, etc.) and respond well to acupuncture treatments.