Acupuncture, the stimulation of specific points on the body using needles, has long been one of the most common types of holistic medicine for pets and humans alike. Used for millennia, the treatment is thought to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions and help the body heal itself.
Acupuncture points contain nerve bundles, clusters of blood vessels, and a concentration of mast cells that release histamine and other chemicals when stimulated – including endorphins and enkephalins, the body's natural pain killers. We also offer electroacupuncture, a form of acupuncture that uses a low-voltage electric current to stimulate the needles. This practice can increase the treatment's benefits in specific cases.
Conditions That Can Be Treated With Acupuncture
- Pain and stiffness due to arthritis, disc problems, hip dysplasia, or joint injuries and muscle pain or spasms
- Respiratory problems such as sinus infections, bronchitis, pneumonia, and asthma
- Chronic urinary tract infections or kidney disease
- Intestinal diseases, such as constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, and inflammatory bowel disease
- Neurologic conditions, such as seizures, vestibular syndromes, and facial nerve paralysis, and in some cases degenerative nerve conditions
- General care of elderly pets, to keep them feeling as well and as energetic as possible
Acupuncture is one of the safest therapies available for your pet and side effects, if any, are usually minimal. All acupuncture treatments are performed by Dr. Jessica Holliday who is certified in veterinary acupuncture.
Before treatment starts, Dr. Holliday will conduct a thorough medical examination. This examination often involves an in-depth history of environmental and emotional situations that may be affecting your pet's condition, as well as palpation of certain acupuncture points. Acupuncture complements - but does not replace - the use of traditional treatments. Therefore, all pets undergoing acupuncture should be treated medically or surgically as appropriate prior to receiving the treatment.
Treatments themselves last anywhere from 10 seconds to 30 minutes, depending on the condition treated and the specific method used. Pets are typically treated once weekly for four to six weeks, but this can vary based on the individual pet's response to the treatment.