Is your pet suffering from arthritis or age-related pain? Are traditional medications like anti-inflammatories failing to work?

If so, veterinary acupuncture may be the ideal solution. The ancient art of acupuncture is based on the concept that certain illnesses can be cured or managed by restoring balance back into the body. By applying these techniques to our animal friends, we can promote natural healing and help them live happier, more comfortable lives.

What is veterinary acupuncture?

During an acupuncture treatment, the doctor will insert tiny needles into pressure points along your pet’s body. The insertion of needles is virtually painless. Specific pressure points are chosen to help relieve different types of pain that your pet may be experiencing. These points correspond with local anatomical structures as well as internal organs.

Important physiological changes occur in an animal’s body during an acupuncture treatment. By stimulating specific points, we can naturally increase the levels of endorphins, improve the blood supply and release natural cortisol in your pet’s body. All of these effects help your pet with pain relief and can improve performance of the immune system, musculoskeletal system, endocrine function and nervous system.

What can acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture is used most successfully in treating arthritic pain. However, it can be used to treat and manage a wide variety of other conditions such as:

  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Joint and back pain
  • Behavioral disorders
  • Disc disease
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Dermatological issues
  • Neurological disorders
  • Respiratory conditions

We can also use veterinary acupuncture on healthy pets to further promote a strong immune system and ongoing wellness.

How many treatments will my pet need?

Just like humans, every pet is unique, and it may take several sessions to determine the effectiveness of acupuncture treatments. While most pets require between four to six sessions, others may benefit from longer-term care. The frequency and duration of treatments will be unique to your pet’s needs.

In addition to our extensive experience with acupuncture, Dr. Kristin Brand is also certified in Traditional Chinese Medicine for pets. Dr. Brand is invested in providing natural pain relief to animals in need. When prescription painkillers or anti-inflammatory medications fail to work, our veterinary care team has had great success using natural, alternative treatments.

Curious? Call us today and let’s chat!