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