Can Acupuncture be Effective for Animals?

Can Acupuncture be Effective for Animals?

pet-examWe all have probably heard of acupuncture at one point or another. You might remember it as the procedure that people receive that involves little needles sticking out of their bodies. Well, acupuncture is more than being poked by needles a few times. It is a natural form of treatment that is based on the idea that all things are connected, and that there is a balance within these things. Acupuncture, combined with other forms of holistic therapies, can be used to create this balance in veterinary care.

What Conditions Can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture can be used for pets in all stages of life. Acupuncture for pets is being used to treat a variety of conditions such as:

  •      Chronic Arthritis
  •      Kidney Disease
  •      Liver Disease
  •      Heart Disease
  •      Seizures
  •      Pain Management
  •      Thyroid Conditions
  •      Separation Anxiety

In addition to acupuncture, one of our Veterinarians might also implement a few more holistic approaches such as the use of herbal formulas. Some experts say that by combining both these treatments, it further enhances the effects of acupuncture.

What Is the Treatment Process Like?

One of the first things that will be done is to try and determine the underlying reason for the illness or condition that your pet may have. Once this is done, proper steps are taken to create a treatment plan that can also help prevent future illnesses from occurring. One of our veterinarians will also determine what types of acupuncture are right for your pet. There is a new holistic approach called “Aqua-Acupuncture” that is becoming very common for treatment. This kind of treatment combines formulated doses of saline-diluted B12 that is injected into the acupuncture point. What this procedure does is stimulate the point without needing the needle to stay in place.

Other popular types of treatments that are comparable to acupuncture are:

  •      Acupressure
  •      Moxibustion
  •      Electrostimulation (Estim)
  •      Laser

Each treatment has their own purposes and might not even require the use of needles. However, all of them are centered around the use and benefits of acupuncture needles. You can call us for more information on acupuncture and how it will benefit your pet.

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