Acupuncture for pets involves a certified veterinary acupuncturist inserting tiny needles into an animal’s skin where blood vessels and nerve bundles come together. These vascular/nerve points serve as specific sites comprising multiple energy channels called meridians. By stimulating these points with acupuncture needles, your vet encourages an animal’s body to heal naturally. Improving blood flow, stimulating release of analgesic and anti-inflammatory hormones and facilitating removal of toxins and metabolic wastes responsible for illness are just some of the many benefits of pet acupuncture.
How is Acupuncture Performed on Pets?
After giving your pet a physical exam and determining what kind of health problems your pet has, your vet will begin the acupuncture session by placing small needles gently and painlessly into certain vascular/nerve points on your pet’s body. The number of needles used depends on what medical issues your pet suffers. You can remain with your pet throughout the session or chose to wait in our waiting room. In addition, acupuncture is so relaxing to some pets that they actually doze off while the vet is performing acupuncture!
What Conditions Can Pet Acupuncture Treat?
Some medical problems that respond well to acupuncture include arthritis, seasonal/environmental allergies, dermatitis, lick granulomas, recurring infections and diarrhea/gastritis. While pet acupuncture may not totally eliminate a particular health issue, it can help reduce chronic pain and severity of symptoms attributed to a certain health issue. In addition, acupuncture for pets does not impart unwanted side effects caused by many prescription medications. Nor will acupuncture interfere with the effectiveness of your pet’s dietary supplements or medications.
Schedule an Appointment with Your San Diego Veterinarian
Call Bay Park Veterinary Clinic today at 619-276-1616 to schedule an appointment or to learn more about how acupuncture may help improve your pet’s overall health and well being.