Along with some more traditional methods, we also offer alternative treatments, which include acupuncture. You might not have known that acupuncture isn’t just for humans. It works great for pets as well. We’ve learned that these other methods can provide your furry friend with an amazing amount of benefits.
Acupuncture comes from Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), which has a focus on promoting healing and restoring a balance of energy to your pet. During the treatment, we will be inserting needles into their body tissue, specifically where the blood vessels and nerve bundles come together.
So, what does acupuncture actually do? This procedure can actually target multiple functions of the body to improve your pet’s overall health. One of the main benefits your pet will experience is stimulation that will release pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory substances. The insertion of the needles will also relax their muscles, plus improve tissue blood flow, oxygenation, and the removal of metabolic wastes.
If your pet experiences any side effects, they will be very minimal. They will most likely feel tired while possibly having some slight soreness on the day of the treatment.
When you come in for your first appointment, we will first have an in-depth conversation about your pet’s general health. We will then move onto the acupuncture session. This will usually take about 20-30 minutes to complete, but we suggest preparing for the appointment to take about an hour since we will also be doing an examination beforehand.
There’s no need to be concerned about your pet’s reaction to acupuncture as most of them do very well. Most pets tend to relax after we insert the first needle. After all the needles are in place, your pet can enjoy some delicious frozen popsicles and relax while enjoying a sweet treat.
Your furry friend will typically need to come in for treatment either once or multiple times per week depending on their condition. As time goes on and their health improves, fewer sessions will be necessary.
Acupuncture is used to treat many different types of conditions, however, these are some of the more common issues it can be used for:
While multiple sessions might be necessary before your pet feels the full effect of what acupuncture can do, many who come to Healthy Pets Veterinary Care see some results immediately! If you’re looking to improve their overall health and help them feel great, contact us today to schedule an appointment!