What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to effectively treat ailments in both people and animals. Originating in China, acupuncture is a form of treatment where sterile needles are inserted into specific points on the body to produce a healing response.
Acupuncture has many benefits. It can stimulate nerves, increase blood circulation, relieve muscle spasms, reduce inflammation and stimulate the body’s natural pain control.
The goal of veterinary acupuncture is to improve a pet’s overall well being, reduce pain symptoms and help your pet return to old behaviors (such as playing with a favorite toy, going for walks, etc).
How can acupuncture help my pet?
Acupuncture can be very effective in healing or managing a variety of conditions, including:
- Joint and muscle problems
- Skin problems and allergies
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Neurological disorders
- Kidney and liver disease
- Respiratory problems
Acupuncture may be used alone and works well when coupled with Traditional Western medicine.
What will acupuncture be like for my pet?
Most pets tolerate acupuncture very well and often times they find it very calming and relaxing! Some pets may actually fall asleep during the appointment.
There are different ways to perform acupuncture. We will work with you to determine the best method for your pet, depending on the condition to be treated and your pet’s temperament.
Most commonly we treat pets with just the sterile needles. This is called ‘dry needling. The needles are typically left in for up to 30 minutes.
How many treatments are needed?
The number of treatments your pet would need depends on your pet’s unique situation- sometimes a single treatment may be enough to get you pet feeling better. If your pet suffers from chronic problems, he or she may need multiple treatments given weekly or bi-weekly. Some degenerative conditions such as arthritis may need ‘maintenance treatments’ every 4 to 8 weeks.
How do I find out more?
You may have more questions, and if you do, please contact us! We’ll be happy to assist.
New patients will frequently require a more thorough examination to determine a treatment protocol so you can anticipate a longer appointment during the first visit.
In-home Acupuncture: $120 initial visit
Maintenance acupuncture visits: $90
*Additional fees may occur depending on location