Acupuncture for Pets
With its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture has been used for thousands of years as an effective treatment for joint pain, allergies, digestive issues and other ailments affecting humans. In recent years, the veterinary community has found it to also be beneficial for all types of pets. It is often prescribed in combination with other therapies to provide a more well-rounded approach to your pet’s health care plan. To learn more about our acupuncture services, please feel free to give us a call at 204.452.0911.
How can acupuncture help my pet?
Acupuncture can help pets of all species, breeds and ages who are dealing with chronic pain, inflammation, arthritis, muscle spasms, sprains, tendonitis, feline hyperthyroidism, epilepsy, stroke, cystitis, vomiting, asthma, skin allergies and more. It can often lessen the need for more invasive treatments or medications and can even be a great treatment to improve circulation in patients who are in good health.
How do pets get acupuncture?
Each session usually takes about 20 to 30 minutes. Like with humans, the veterinary acupuncturist will insert tiny needles into the treatment areas to stimulate circulation and the nervous system. It is painless and so your pet will not need to be sedated or put under anesthesia. Most pets respond very well to the procedure and many even fall asleep during their treatment. Acupressure – applying finger/hand pressure is also an alternative if your pet is sensitive or not comfortable with needles.
How often should my pet get acupuncture?
Frequency will depend on their specific health condition and the goals created by your veterinarian. More treatments will be needed at the beginning of the treatment plan. For example, a patient with severe arthritis might need to come in once a week for four weeks, and then once every month after that.