Acupuncture can be used quite successfully for a great many conditions in animals. Acupuncture is the insertion of needles into specific points along meridians or channels on the body to cause a desired healing effect. Its use dates back some 3000 – 5000 years in China to treat a wide range of ailments. Today, veterinarians also use acupuncture to treat many ailments in animals. In small animal medicine, acupuncture is most commonly used for musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis, muscle pain, and intervertebral disc disease. It is also very helpful in many neurological diseases, including epilepsy. Respiratory disease, endocrine diseases, gastrointestinal problems, skin disease, liver and kidney disease may also benefit from acupuncture therapy. Truly there is no boundary to the possible uses of acupuncture.
At Healing Paws Veterinary Hospital, we are extremely excited to be able to offer acupuncture for our patients. It is successful a large percentage of the time. Pet acupuncture can often avoid the need for medications, it is well tolerated by the patient, and there are no adverse effects. We see a lot of side benefits relating to the pet’s energy levels and attitude. Call us today to find out if your pet can benefit from this!