What is veterinary acupuncture and how can acupuncture help my dog or cat?


Acupuncture involves inserting small needles into specific points on the body to stimulate a healing response. Most dogs and cats tolerate acupuncture very well and most often do not even notice when the needles are inserted. Acupuncture is used in veterinary medicine for many different problems. Conditions which commonly respond well to acupuncture include musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis, intervertebral disc disease, soft tissue injuries, gastrointestinal problems, seizures, and skin problems.

How does it work?

Acupuncture works by causing physiological changes in the body such as stimulating nerves, increasing blood circulation, relieving muscle spasms, decreasing inflammation and causing the release of hormones such as endorphins (one of the body’s pain control hormones) and cortisol. Acupuncture is extremely safe although some animals may seem lethargic or sleepy for 24 hours after the treatment and sometimes their condition may worsen for 48 hours after treatment and then improve. Depending on the problem being treated, an animal may only need one treatment (such as with an acute injury) or they may need several treatments for chronic problems. In general, with chronic conditions it is recommended that the patient gets 1-2 treatments per week for 3-6 weeks then maintenance treatments may be needed every 2-6 weeks.

More info

For further information about how acupuncture can help your pets please feel free to call us at Central Animal Hospital 250-549-0402.

Important Information!

As an essential service in our society it is important that we remain open to help our patients in need of Veterinary care. In order to do accomplish this we must implement the following:
Maximum of one client in the waiting area at any one time, please wait in your car or outside until others have left the lobby area.
We are asking our clients to wait in their vehicle and we will retrieve your pet for any technician or surgery admission. We are emailing surgery consent forms. If you have been out of the country or have been exposed to anyone who is unwell we ask that you not attend the appointment.
We are asking our senior or immune compromised clients NOT TO enter our building. We will help in any way possible, please contact us.
We are cleaning intensively and frequently in order to keep our staff members and members of our community safe.
Facetime and telemedicine appointments are available with subsequent drop offs for diagnostics if needed.

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