Alternative Medicine

Acupuncture may be recommended for your pet as a preventative measure or to help treat disease. a form of traditional Chinese medicine, Acupuncture is believed to stimulate the flow of energy that nourishes tissues, stimulates blood flow, and enhances the body's systems.

Acupuncture is performed by inserting thin, smooth, solid needles into the 360 places identified as acupuncture points. The depth of insertion, type of stimulation, and duration of treatment vary according to the disease or the condition being treated. Stimulating these points is said to balance and restore the flow of ch'I, which, according to ancient Chinese medical theory, is the life force which flows through the body via 14 invisible channels known as meridians, regulating all physical and mental processes.

Vet acupuncturists may use needles alone, needles with electrical stimulation, or stimulation using a specific type of laser. In addition, gold beads, surgical staples, or magnets are sometimes placed into acupuncture points to provide more permanent stimulation. Anecdotal information suggests that acupuncture may be helpful in the handling of pain, hip dysplasia, chronic digestive disturbances, lick granuloma, epilepsy, and other conditions in pets. Ask your veterinarian if acupuncture may be right for your pet.