Acupuncture is best described as the use of tiny needles, placed at very specific points along the body to cause neuromodulation (the act of altering or adapting the neural activity of the body). In doing so, one can enhance the body’s own ability to heal, and reduce or change the negative pathways associated with chronic pain or inflammation. It can speed healing and tissue repair, increase blood flow and immune activation.

Acupuncture has evolved over the past 3,000 years! It is now taught in medical and veterinary schools all over the world. It is common to use with Western medicine practices, as part of a multi modal approach to better health and healing. We now have a wealth of research on the neurophysiological benefits of acupuncture.

How does it feel? Like a tiny pin prick, possibly with a dull ache or cramp. Sometimes you can feel the sensation of the impulse traveling up your body. It can release endorphins and increase serotonin levels in the brain, leading to relaxation and calmness. Our patients are spoiled with yummy treats and calming music, and every effort is made to ensure they enjoy their sessions.

Acupuncture can be used for a variety of conditions, such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, intervertebral disc disease, nerve injuries or paralysis, back pain, lameness, soft tissue or muscle injury. It can be used for skin problems like lick granuloma, allergies, and wound healing. Gastrointestinal problems are also be treated, such as diarrhea, vomiting, IBD or constipation. It may be useful in respiratory disorders, epilepsy, or even urinary tract disorders.

We always want to have a good western medicine diagnosis first. This often involves a detailed exam from your veterinarian, blood work and radiographs (x-rays). Acupuncture treatment options can be offered as they have minimal side effects and can be used simultaneously with most drugs.

Your pet will benefit from better pain control, minimal side effects, and decreased healing times.

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