Acupuncture is an ancient therapy that originally comes from China. It involves inserting small needles at various pressure points around the body in order to restore energy balance and relieve pain or tension. And it’s become increasingly popular in the world of veterinary medicine over the past few decades.
Of course, while acupuncture can help many animal patients, it isn’t necessarily the right path for every pet. So, the question is, can this treatment modality be the right choice for your four-legged friend?
Is there a perfect acupuncture patient?
No, there is no such thing as the “perfect” acupuncture patient. Think of this technique as you would any other kind of treatment method. It helps some patients based on their particular circumstances, and it isn’t the best choice for others. With that being said, this technique can help more pets than you might think.
Most pets become quite relaxed during their acupuncture session, and some even fall asleep. It works in both old and young pets alike, although some younger, more rambunctious pets might not take to it as well. However, because this methodology is non-invasive and requires no surgery or medication, it suits many pets quite well.
What conditions can the technique treat?
There is a long list of conditions or ailments that veterinary acupuncture can help treat or manage in pets. They include things like intervertebral disc disease (IVDD), arthritis, chronic pain, physical injuries, post-surgical rehabilitation, appetite stimulation, neurological disorders, stress and anxiety, and even cancer.
These aren’t the only medical conditions that acupuncture can help treat in pets. Get in touch with your veterinarian to find out about other ailments that this modality could help with. You just never know how it might help your pet and what they’re dealing with.
What is treatment like?
The first step will probably be to schedule your pet for an initial consultation. You’ll tell your vet about your pet’s health, lifestyle, health history, and personality. Your vet will examine your animal friend to determine whether or not acupuncture is a worthwhile and beneficial treatment for them. Then, a treatment plan will be created.
When the actual session happens, acupuncture needles will be placed around your pet’s body at various crucial points. Sessions usually last between a half-hour and 45 minutes or so. Your veterinarian can tell you how often sessions might be needed. Some pets receive weekly treatments, while some go once a month.
Keep in mind that other kinds of veterinary acupuncture might benefit your pet. Acupuncture is one example. This involves injecting saline or B12 solution into the needle insertion point. There is also electroacupuncture, which involves the addition of electrical stimulation to the needle. Your veterinarian can tell you more about these treatment methods and how they might help your pet.
Whether you’re interested in learning more about acupuncture or need to make a standard appointment, we’re here to help. Call your veterinary clinic if your animal friend needs veterinary attention. We’re dedicated to serving you and your companion with the ultimate in compassionate pet care!