Believe it or not, alternative medicine isn’t something just for humans. Many cat, dog, and even horse owners are learning that certain types of massage and even acupuncture are a great way to treat a variety of different health conditions. Keep reading to learn more about what this is and how a visit to our team can improve your animal’s overall wellness.
What is Veterinary Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is commonly defined as the process of inserting special needles into various points of the body to trigger a certain response. In the case of animals, veterinary acupuncture is often used to assist with a wide variety of health conditions.
Acupuncture, which originated in China, has been used as a therapeutic treatment option for thousands of years. According to traditional Chinese medicine, the body is composed of several Channels called “meridians,” along which energy flows. When disease is present, energy is interrupted, or unbalanced. Stimulating acupuncture points along the Channels can restore energy flow, resulting in improved or cured health problems.
To determine if your pet’s condition(s) may be responsive to this treatment modality, please set up an exam specifically for acupuncture evaluation.
Is Veterinary Acupuncture Safe?
Yes, veterinary acupuncture is very safe for most animals. The process goes back thousands of years on both people and pets. Because the needles used in acupuncture are extremely thin, they cause minimal or no pain and are generally well tolerated by pets. However, incorrect placement of the needle or inadequate sterilization can result in pain or complications, which is why you should only have a qualified practitioner perform acupuncture on your pet. It is important to note that most mammals feel a little sleepy or sore after the session, which can cause a change in behavior for twelve to twenty-four hours.
The Benefits of Veterinary Acupuncture
Studies have shown numerous benefits of veterinary acupuncture, with the results mostly in line with what one would expect for human patients. For example, a cat suffering from arthritis or a senior dog with allergic dermatitis could very reasonably see improvement after a single session.
Acupuncture can be used to help improve your pets life and cure problems your pet might have, It is a whole new way of looking at your pets health that complements our western evidence based way of treating. It can help musculoskeletal, reproductive, neurological, or gastrointestinal systems. Acupuncture can also be used to manage pain, recovery after surgery, or for geriatric End of life compassionate care.
However, it is nearly impossible to determine if a pet would benefit from this type of treatment without knowing their age, size, and previous health history. That’s why it is so important to get in touch with caring team members at Manchester Veterinary Hospital to discuss the potential of veterinary acupuncture and inquire about their thoughts on this fascinating option.
Let Our Team Help Increase Your Pet’s Wellness
Are you ready to learn more about veterinary acupuncture and how it can help increase your pet’s overall wellness? Our team at Manchester Veterinary Clinic is ready to help educate you on the process while also seeing what we can do to improve the health of your animal. Please contact us today at (734) 428 7100 to learn more or to schedule an appointment session.