What Conditions Respond to Acupuncture?
Quite simply, acupuncture is used to treat disease. Specifically, acupuncture is used to treat any condition that involves inflammation, immune system dysfunction, neurologic disease, or hormone imbalance.
If your pet has an illness, it can likely be treated with veterinary acupuncture. Also, if your pet is taking a medication for an illness or condition, then acupuncture can be used to treat the same medical problem and may allow your pet to stop taking medication. However, many medical conditions require treatment with both acupuncture and medication for the best outcome.
The following is a short list of some of the most common conditions that are commonly treated in our hospital with acupuncture:
- Bone/Joint Diseases such as Arthritis, Muscle injuries, Hip Dysplasia and Luxating Patella.
- Respiratory Diseases such as Bronchitis, Feline Asthma, Nasal Infections and Chronic Coughing.
- Digestive Diseases such as Diarrhea, Vomiting, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Pancreatitis and Poor Appetite.
- Skin Diseases such as Skin Infections, Itching, Allergies and Ear Infections.
- Behavior Disorders such as Separation Anxiety, Thunderstorm Phobia and Aggression.C
- Cancer such as Lymphoma, Mast Cell Tumor and Hemangiosarcoma.
- Neurologic Diseases such as Intervertebral Disc Disease, Paralysis and Seizures
To learn more about Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), watch this PBS video, Spotlight On: TCVM.
Frequently Asked Questions on Veterinary Acupuncture
What happens during an acupuncture treatment session?
The first treatment session will be scheduled once your pet has been seen for a holistic consultation and evaluated by Dr. Wells.
Acupuncture treatments last about 30 to 60 minutes.
The treatments are not painful and your pet will often be more relaxed than at a regular veterinary appointment.
Your pet will not need to be sedated or restrained but will often need to remain in one spot, on a bed or blanket, if possible. Owners are free to hold their pets or sit with their pets during the treatments and will often participate in the treatment process.
How Do I Setup an Appointment?
In order to receive acupuncture, your pet must first be examined to determine if your pet will benefit from this treatment. Please call us to schedule a holistic consultation (1 hour in duration). During this first appointment, your pet will be examined, its medical history will be reviewed, and a treatment plan will be discussed that may include acupuncture, herbal therapy, and/or a combination of any medications your pet is currently taking. Your pet's treatment plan could also include herbal supplements, herbal medications, chiropractic care or physical therapy.