Dr. Erica provides compassionate and attentive acupuncture treatments for dogs, cats, and horses. Veterinary acupuncture is a safe treatment that works with traditional veterinary medicine to help treat various health conditions. Most patients tolerate treatment very well. In fact, many pets become relaxed (and even sleepy!)
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture needles are inserted into acupuncture points, or areas where nerve tissue bundles and blood vessels meet. Stimulating a nerve at an acupuncture point induces reactions that modulate pain signaling, dilate blood vessels increasing blood supply and release chemical substances that can work to repair damaged tissue. Acupuncture also releases pain relieving hormones such as serotonin, creating a widespread reduction in pain sensation.
What conditions does acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture can help treat many health conditions your pet may be experiencing including chronic and acute pain, musculoskeletal diseases (soft tissue injuries, neck and back pain, arthritis), neurologic diseases (seizures, intervertebral disk disease, nerve injuries/paralysis), post-operative surgical healing, general weakness, and behavioral problems.
How many treatments will my pet need?
The number of treatments your pet may need before seeing an improvement in your pet’s health will depend on their medical history and current condition. Acupuncture is a complementary process and works in conjunction with traditional veterinary medicine. It may be necessary to combine various treatments and therapies to achieve the desired goal. Generally, your pet will start with a more frequent treatment schedule and begin to require fewer treatments as their condition improves.
Contact us today if you have any questions regarding our acupuncture services and whether acupuncture may be right for your pet