At Integrative Animal Hospital, we believe that dogs and cats benefit from acupuncture similarly to the way humans benefit from this treatment. The ancient art of acupuncture is used to both stimulate the body’s healing response and maintain a healthy balanced state. It is utilized to treat a wide variety of conditions such as arthritis, disc problems, seizures, and allergies, as well as kidney, liver, heart, and behavior problems. It is useful in cancer therapy to boost the immune system, slow tumor growth, reduce pain and the gastrointestinal problems associated with conventional treatments. The use of acupuncture in all areas of pain management is well documented.
Acupuncture is defined as the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to cause a desired healing effect. Most dogs and cats feel very relaxed simply because of the release of endorphins soon after the first acupuncture needle is inserted. They may experience a brief moment of sensitivity as the needle penetrates the skin in certain sensitive areas. Once, the needles are in place, however, most animals relax and, often times, they fall asleep during treatment. Some pets with high levels of anxiety or fear may take longer to reach a relaxed state but often become more relaxed with subsequent treatments.
Acupuncture is one of the safest forms of medical treatment for animals when it is administered by a properly trained veterinarian. Side effects of acupuncture are rare, but they do exist. Your pet’s condition may seem worse for up to 48 hours after a treatment. Other animals may become sleepy or lethargic for 24 hours after acupuncture. These effects are an indication that some physiological changes are developing, and they are most often followed by an improvement in your pet’s condition.
We would be pleased to discuss whether your dog or cat would benefit from acupuncture. Please give us a call to arrange an appointment.