Acupuncture for pets
Acupuncture for Pets
Developed for humans by the Chinese more than 4000 years ago, acupuncture uses tiny needles to stimulate the body’s systems to promote healing. It has been used in animals for the last 900 years. Acupuncture is based on Chinese Medicine theory that blockages and imbalances in the system result in pain and disease. The needles stimulate the body’s energy system to enhance blood flow, nerve conduction, relieve muscle spasm, and release hormones. This re-establishes the balance thus alleviating pain promoting healing. Acupuncture is useful in both internal and external conditions. It is a treatment that can stand on its own or be used in combination with Chinese Herbs and/or traditional veterinary medicine.
COMMON CONDITIONS TREATED WITH ACUPUNCTURE
PAIN: acute, chronic, age-related, arthritis, hip dysplasia
GASTROINTESTINAL DISORDERS: IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease), megaesophagus, megacolon, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, pica.
RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS: asthma, cough
SKIN PROBLEMS: allergies, ear infections, self-mutilation, lick granulomas .
MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS: lameness, tendonitis, back pain, arthritis, traumatic injury, sports injuries.
NEUROLOGICAL PROBLEMS: intervertebral disc disease, paralysis, paresis, seizures.
BEHAVIOUR PROBLEMS: fear, anxiety, aggression
URINARY PROBLEMS: chronic cystitis, incontinence
PREVENTIVE MEDICINE: Stimulate the immune system and relax the musculoskeletal and nervous system to keep your pet health and help prevent injury.
UNUSUAL OR “MYSTERY”: Conditions that have not responded to other treatments often do well with a fresh look with the Chinese Medicine perspective.
Acupuncture is one of the safest therapies available when administered by a qualified practitioner. The single use needles are made of surgical grade stainless steel. The needles are very thin and solid and most animals tolerate them quite nicely. Treatments are usually quite relaxing to the animal, with some pets even fall asleep during the treatment. The sessions can last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour.
The number of treatments needed is determined on an individual basis. Some acute conditions may respond in one treatment. Chronic conditions will likely need more than one treatment. Once the optimum response is achieved, the treatment interval is extended to the maximum amount of symptom free time that elapses between treatments.
As with any treatment modality, best results are achieved when combined with a proper diet. As Hippocrates, the father of medicine, said: “Let food be your medicine, and medicine be your food”