Acupuncture for Pets

Have you ever considered trying acupuncture therapy? This ancient practice is being used more and more in conjunction with Western medicine. Acupuncture has always had many supporters for human health care. Now, this traditional Chinese practice is also gaining popularity in the world of veterinary medicine. In this article, your local Longmont veterinarian discusses acupuncture treatment for pets.

Benefits of Acupuncture

Acupuncture can be very effective in treating chronic pain in animals. Many pets show clear, and in some cases remarkable, improvement after acupuncture therapy. Acupuncture can be used with any other treatment or medication. There is no recovery time needed, and there are no known side effects.

The Procedure

As you may know, with acupuncture, needles are inserted into the body at specific points. These spots all very precisely determined, and are all places with bundles of nerve endings and blood vessels. While it may sound uncomfortable, acupuncture is not a painful procedure.

How It Works

The traditional Chinese outlook of acupuncture is that it works by correcting and manipulating imbalances of the body’s natural energy flow. While there is still some mystery behind exactly how and why acupuncture works, the practice can be very effective. Studies show that acupuncture enhances blood circulation, stimulates the nervous system, and relaxes the muscles around the needle insertion points. The treatments also prompt the body to release natural painkilling and anti-inflammatory chemicals and hormones. These things all reduce pain in our furry friends.

What Pets Can Benefit

Acupuncture can be beneficial to pets with many different medical conditions. Arthritis, Degenerative Joint Disease, trauma, cancer, and metabolic disease are all things acupuncture can be used to treat. Ask your vet if acupuncture can help your furbaby!

Treatment Schedules

The recommended schedule of treatments will vary on a case-by-case basis. Usually, you can expect more frequent sessions in the beginning stages of therapy. One to three times a week is an average for initial treatment. In time, as your pet improves, the sessions will be scaled back.

Do you think acupuncture would benefit your beloved pet? Contact us now for an examination and consultation! As your Longmont vet clinic, we are always here to serve all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’ve been in business since 1946, and have always been dedicated to providing great care. We know your pets are like family, because that’s exactly how we feel about ours!

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