Acupuncture is growing in popularity as accepted forms of complementary, holistic medicine for animals. The Animal Care Center and K-9 Rehabilitation team offer acupuncture therapy as pain management options for treating a wide range of problems in pets.
Uses for Pet Acupuncture
Acupuncture is the art of applying thin needles to specific points on the body, creating a therapeutic response to certain diseases and conditions. One of the more popular holistic modalities, acupuncture is used to treat a variety of pet problems including arthritis pain, neurology, metabolic concerns, and spinal difficulties.
How Acupuncture Works
Acupuncture changes the signaling pathways of the body to promote pain relief, healing, and immune system stimulation. Rather than using potentially harmful drugs, acupuncture is one way we help the body to help itself. This therapy is typically used as an adjunct to current treatments and can reduce side effects and minimize the need for some medications.
Benefits of Acupuncture Treatment
Research on conditions such as arthritis in animals has shown that acupuncture has definite pain-relieving effects. Contrary to popular belief, acupuncture on dogs is not painful—indeed, many of our patients happily greet their acupuncturist and fall asleep during treatments.
Arthritis pain is commonly treated with acupuncture and recommended frequently by specialists. Treatment allows painful muscles to relax and curbs pain signals sent from the brain.
Contact our K-9 Rehabilitation team to find out if acupuncture will benefit your pet.