Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the most ancient veterinary medical techniques derived from the Chinese medical practice of inserting very small needles through the skin to alter the body’s function in sickness and promote health. This therapy is especially useful for musculoskeletal or nervous system pain including arthritis. Other conditions that can be helped include GI problems (e.g. vomiting/diarrhea), liver or kidney disease, high blood pressure, behavioral problems, and others. In general, needles are inserted and left in place for 20 to 30 minutes. The number of treatments necessary to help your pet is often patient and condition specific, but this can be better assessed when you meet with our certified veterinary acupuncturists.

FAQs:

What is acupuncture? Acupuncture is one of the most ancient veterinary medical techniques derived from the Chinese medical practice of inserting very small needles through the skin to alter the body’s function in sickness and promote health.

Does acupuncture hurt? The sensation is like a small pinprick. Most animals do not mind the needles. Some learn to associate treatments with pain relief and seem to enjoy the treatments.

What conditions respond to acupuncture? This therapy is especially useful for musculoskeletal or nervous system pain including arthritis. Other conditions that can be helped include GI problems (e.g. vomiting/diarrhea), liver or kidney disease, high blood pressure, behavioral problems, etc.

How long are treatments and how often are they performed? In general, needles are inserted and left in place for 20 to 30 minutes. Occasionally an electrical stimulator will be attached to the needles to provide additional input and enhance the effectiveness. How many treatments are needed is often patient and condition specific, however most patients require multiple treatments. For chronic conditions intermittent ongoing therapy may be required.

What are the possible side effects? Some animals are drowsy and tired following a treatment and others may experience a temporary worsening of their clinical signs. Most side effects are self-limiting and resolve within 24 to 48 hours.