We Now Offer Certified Veterinary Acupuncture Treatment
Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific areas (“acupoints”) on the body with very fine needles. There are at least 360 classical acupoints, and additional ones have been defined over the years. When acupoints are stimulated, the body reacts with a complex cellular and nervous system response that involves the brain, the spinal cord, and blood vessels. This initiates the release of neurotransmitters (endorphins, serotonin, and other chemicals) that are beneficial to the body’s normal function. The effect of each neurotransmitter is dependent upon when the neurotransmitter is released. Those effects can include pain relief, an anti-inflammatory effect, or the promotion of microcirculation.
Acupuncture is a safe medical procedure with few side effects. Over 95% of patients are comfortable with acupuncture. Some pets even fall asleep. Sedation is not recommended because it can interfere with the desired acupuncture effect.
Each acupuncture session can last from 20-60 minutes. The number of treatment session depends on if the problem is acute, chronic, or degenerative. For example, 3-10 treatments weekly can improve many chronic problems; however, each pet and disease process is different. After a desired effect is seen, the treatments may be monthly.
Does acupuncture hurt?
It is usually not painful for your pet to have acupuncture needles inserted in the skin, but a mild sensation may be felt. Most animals tolerate acupuncture very well.
What if my pet has cancer?
Treating an animal with cancer helps improve their overall condition, which includes making them feel better. We make no claim that acupuncture cures cancer, but we see our cancer patients enjoy a better quality of life than they had before beginning acupuncture.
What is the cost of a typical veterinary acupuncture session?
The cost of veterinary acupuncture depends on the duration of the individual session. We do offer acupuncture packages that include multiple sessions at a discounted rate.
Common Indications for Acupuncture include:
- Musculoskeletal problems, muscle soreness, back pain, disc issues, and arthritis
- Neurologic problems: seizures, nerve paralysis, weakness
- Performance enhancement