For cats and dogs who are suffering from pain, veterinary acupuncture treatment at Apple Valley Animal Hospital can provide relief and serve as a supplement to other rehabilitative therapies.
Acupuncture for Healing & Recovery Support
Acupuncture is a popular treatment courtesy of traditional Chinese medicine. It's used to promote the healing process for pets and can renew the balance of energy throughout a cat's or dog's body.
This ancient form of medicine originates from the philosophy that an imbalance of vital energies in the body causes illness. In modern terms, acupuncture can help to improve blood flow, boosting oxygenation in tissues.
Our vets at Apple Valley Animal Hospital feel that the best results for pets can be achieved by combining veterinary acupuncture and medical therapy to help restore your pet's health and vitality.
The Acupuncture Technique
Acupuncture entails inserting tiny needles into an animal's body at precise points (meridians), where nerves and blood vessels converge. These needles help guide vital energy along the meridians, promoting circulation and supporting the nervous system while enhancing the body's healing abilities.
Common Acupuncture Uses
Our vets in Apple Valley often recommend acupuncture or other types of Chinese medicine to help treat several issues, including:
- Pain Management
Medical treatments such as chemotherapy for cancer can be very uncomfortable for your pet. Our vets can combine medical treatment with acupuncture to try to relieve some discomfort while helping your dog or cat fight their illness.
- Musculoskeletal Issues
Acupuncture can be used to rehabilitate injuries. Conditions such as hip dysplasia, nerve injuries, and arthritis also tend to respond to acupuncture with good results.
- Dermatology & Skin Issues
Acupuncture treatment can help promote increased circulations, which can help pets with allergic dermatitis, hot spots, and granulomas. It can also help to alleviate pain and improve healing, leading to less itching and subsequent issues with over-grooming.
- Gastrointestinal Issues
Acupuncture can help encourage healthy digestive activity by stimulating digestive secretions. Conditions such as nausea or diarrhea may benefit from the increase in blood flow.
- Respiratory Issues
The anti-inflammatory and immune calming capabilities of acupuncture treatment can help improve allergies, asthma, and other conditions.
Acupuncture for dogs and cats provides a number of benefits, including:
- Promotes an increased blood flow which boosts oxygen in tissues
- Lowers the amount of waste products produced
- Improves metabolic waste removal from the body
- Helps relax muscles and relieve pain
- Pets in poor health will benefit from the lack of systemic side effect