Veterinary Acupuncture FAQs
What is Veterinary Acupuncture?Veterinary Acupuncture is a type of therapy that helps decrease pain and improves overall health. It works by stimulating specific points on your pet’s body by insertion of thin sterile needles. Stimulation of these points increases the activity of your pet’s nervous and circulatory system. At Luv-N-Care Animal Hospital, we use traditional needle acupuncture as well as electro-stimulation, aqua-acupuncture, and cold laser therapy!
Does Acupuncture hurt?Rarely! Acupuncture is not painful because the points on your pet’s body are stimulated using very fine needles, almost as thin as a hair. Over 95% of patients are comfortable with acupuncture therapy. Due to the relaxation effect, some animals will fall asleep during treatments.
Is Acupuncture safe?Yes! Acupuncture is a very safe medical procedure when administered by a qualified practitioner. Very few negative effects have been found in clinical cases.
How long does each treatment take?Each session may take 20 to 45 minutes. The first session usually takes longer than follow up appointments.
How many treatments are needed?As in all medicine, this depends on your pet’s needs and can be done on a daily, weekly, monthly or even further apart schedule depending on the chronicity and severity of the condition.
When is Acupuncture recommended?Acupuncture therapy can be effective for a wide variety of conditions including:
- Musculoskeletal problems: muscle soreness, back pain, osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease
- Neurological disorders: seizures, intervertebral disc disease (IVDD), laryngeal paralysis
- Gastrointestinal disorders: diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, impaction
- Other chronic conditions: skin problems, asthma, kidney failure, Cushing’s disease, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, geriatric weakness, etc.
- Quality of life, cancer, and hospice care
What are the physiologic effects induced by Acupuncture?Studies have shown that acupuncture stimulation induces the following effects:
- Pain relief
- Promotion of tissue healing processes
- Regulation of gastrointestinal motility
- Anti-inflammatory effects
- Hormone and reproductive regulation
- Antifebrile effects