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Acupuncture for Pets

 

What Conditions Can be Managed with Veterinary Acupuncture?

 

Veterinary acupuncture can be used to treat a variety of conditions, particularly those that involve inflammation and pain.

 

Arthritis

Arthritis, or joint inflammation, can occur at any life stage (juvenile, adult, senior) and creates a variety of physiologic changes that create pain.

 

Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)

DJD is the progression of arthritis where joint surfaces become irregular, leading to decreased range of motion and increased pain. 

 

Trauma

Surgery, car accidents, animal fights, and falling are forms of trauma that cause inflammation and pain.

 

Cancer

Cancer can promote tissue swelling or enlargement of organ systems leading to pain, nausea, decreased appetite, and lethargy.

 

Metabolic Disease

Kidney and liver failure, pancreatitis, feline hyperthyroidism, Cushing’s disease, Addison’s disease, hypothyroidism, and diabetes mellitus cause nausea, appetite and energy changes.     

 

What Environment is Best for Veterinary Acupuncture Treatment?

 

House call based veterinary acupuncture alleviates the physical and behavioral stress associated with transportation to and from a veterinary facility. Additionally, as animal hospitals are traditionally places of illness, the potential for exposure infectious disease is reduced when a pet is treated at home.

 

How Frequently Does My Pet Need Veterinary Acupuncture Treatment?

 

Dogs and cats start with more frequent treatments then are tapered off to a less frequent interval for maintenance. Most patients benefit from one to three sessions per week during the initial few weeks. The goal is to achieve the greatest duration of time where a pet’s condition appears improved or has resolved.

 

The effects of veterinary acupuncture treatment are cumulative, so consistent treatment is more beneficial than intermittent.

 

Image: Monika Wisniewska / via Shutterstock

 

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