What is Acupuncture, and How Does It Work?
Pet acupuncture offers dogs and cats a minimally-invasive, drug-free treatment alternative to standard oral medication, surgery, and other options. Similar to acupuncture for people, the procedure involves the application of very small, thin needles at specific points, called “meridians,” on the body. These points are usually found where blood vessels, connective tissue, and nerve bundles come together. Placing needles at these meridians stimulates endorphin release, and causes other complex processes in the body that accelerate healing and pain relief.
Is It Painful?
Overall, acupuncture should cause little, if any, pain for dogs and cats. The needles we use are tiny, and once placed, should be virtually unnoticeable. It is important to note that acupuncture may not be the best treatment option for pets that are fidgety and prone to nervousness. This can make acupuncture treatment more uncomfortable than it normally would be. While acupuncture often seems to have a calming effect on our patients, it is not for everyone.
Additionally, pets undergoing acupuncture treatment may feel some soreness for about 24 hours after their appointment. Symptoms of the condition they’re being treated for may seem to worsen at first, but then they gradually improve with subsequent treatments.
Common Indications for Pet Acupuncture
A wide range of conditions can be better managed and treated with the support of acupuncture, including:
- Muscle spasms
- Chronic back and joint pain
- Traumatic injuries
- Post-op care
- Cushing’s disease
- Liver and kidney diseases
- …and more
The Primary Benefits of Acupuncture for Dogs and Cats
The core benefits we hope our patients experience from their acupuncture treatments include:
- Reduced pain and greater muscle relaxation
- The removal of metabolic waste and toxins from the body
- Improved blood flow and blood oxygenation
- Reduced inflammation and accelerated healing