Acupuncture is surprisingly well tolerated by most pets. Although the needle insertion may be slightly uncomfortable, most animals relax once all the needles are in place. Acupuncture increases circulation to release neurotransmitters and neurohormones (such as endorphins) to improve the body’s defense system, relieve muscle spasms, and stimulate nerves and blood flow. This modality can help manage pain and stimulate healing.
Acupuncture for dogs is becoming quite common. This technique has been used for thousands of years in China for both treatment of illnesses and injuries as well as for prevention of disease. Research in humans and animals has shown that acupuncture can yield positive results. Although acupuncture may not cure every condition, it can work very well and serve as a supportive modality in almost every condition.
For acute ailments like an injury or surgery, a minimum of three to five acupuncture sessions are recommended for your pet to determine if acupuncture can make a substantial impact. If the condition is more chronic, then a regular schedule of every 2-4 weeks may be recommended. We will work with you to plan an acupuncture regimen that best suits your pet’s needs. If you would like to learn more about acupuncture treatment for your pet, give us a call by clicking below.