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Our animal hospital offers Veterinary Acupuncture Services for your pet. According to Chinese medical theory, life force (ch'i) flows through the body via 14 invisible channels known as meridians, regulating all physical and mental processes. Opposing forces within the body (yin and yang), must be balanced to keep ch'i flowing properly. The meridians run deep within the body's tissues and organs, surfacing at some 360 places identified as acupuncture points. Stimulating these points is said to balance and restore the flow of ch'i.

Stimulation of the points is performed by inserting thin, smooth, solid needles. The depth of insertion, type of stimulation, and duration of treatment vary according to the disease or the condition being treated. Veterinary acupuncturists may use needles alone, needles with electrical stimulation, or stimulation using a specific type of laser. Gold beads, surgical staples, or magnets are sometimes put into acupuncture points to provide permanent stimulation for your pet.

Research studies on veterinary acupuncture are limited, but anecdotal information suggests it may be helpful in the treatment of pain, hip dysplasia, chronic digestive disturbances, lick granuloma, epilepsy, and other miscellaneous conditions in pets. Ask your veterinarian if acupuncture may be right for your pet.
 

Integrative Medicine

The holistic approach to veterinary medicine is excellent for preventive care and health optimization, as well as treatment of chronic conditions. Holistic modalities, such as acupuncture and herbal medicine, are used to balance the “whole” animal, so that your friend can heal and maintain the highest possible quality of life. What makes holistic treatments different from more traditional care is that they are customized to the whole pet, not just to the disease.

The techniques used in holistic medicine are gentle and minimally invasive. During appointments, we focus on the patient’s well-being and stress reduction. As part of ongoing treatment or a general wellness plan, our holistic specialists provide the following services:
 
Acupuncture
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Homeopathy
Nutritional counseling
Chiropractic treatments

We work with clients to teach them how to help their companion animal maintain good health. Holistic medicine can be used to address most conditions, including the following:

Musculoskeletal problems, such as arthritis and hip/elbow dysplasia
Rehabilitation after an injury or a surgery
Chronic degenerative diseases
Cancer
Allergies
Chronic sinusitis
Asthma
Gastro-intestinal problems, such as irritable bowel disorder
Kidney, liver and other organ failures
Pancreatitis
Depressed immune system function
Behavioral issues, such as fear and aggression
Anxiety, insomnia and stress
Skin allergies and other dermatologic conditions
 

Our Integrative Medicine Services

Acupuncture

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