Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years with beneficial results. Veterinarians have broadened its application to pets and other animals. Acupuncture for animals has been around for several decades and is proving to be the ticket to improved quality of life that many pets may need. While traditional medicine may have provided healing for just as many years, veterinary acupuncture may be a service worth considering for your dog, cat, or other pets.
The Science of Acupuncture
According to Eastern tradition, diseases occur due to an imbalance of the life forces (Qi) affecting the body. Acupuncture could pinpoint those areas most affected and restore harmony. Acupuncture has proven results of increasing blood circulation, stimulating nerves, releasing hormones, decreasing inflammation, and relaxing muscles. In a Western understanding, acupuncture helps the body to heal itself.
Ailments that Veterinary Acupuncture Treats
Veterinary acupuncture can treat a variety of illnesses, from skin problems to diarrhea. Typical conditions treated include musculoskeletal problems like arthritis or disk disease, gastrointestinal issues, respiratory issues like feline asthma, and many reproductive problems as well. It can even help treat kidney and liver diseases, especially in cats.
What to Expect
If you would like to see if acupuncture can help your pet, we have 2 certified veterinarians trained in veterinary acupuncture. Only a professional should administer the needles and prescribe acupuncture treatment for your pet. Although these needles may look threatening, they induce little to no pain whatsoever in both humans and animals. You can expect your dog or cat to become relaxed and possibly drowsy during the procedure. Only in rare cases, there may be a side effect of discomfort.
Your pet’s condition may appear to worsen the evening of a treatment, but afterward, you should start to see results. The procedure’s success depends on the type of ailment treated and the skill of your veterinarian, as well as how long the ailments have been present. Depending on your pet’s condition, it may take multiple sessions to see long-term changes in health.
Trust the Care of Your Pet to the Professionals at Everhart Veterinary Medicine!
At Everhart Veterinary Medicine, our veterinary professionals strive to provide your pet with the very best of veterinary care. We believe that the best care for your pet should be provided by experienced, compassionate, and knowledgeable veterinary professionals. With two Maryland locations in both Baltimore and Pasadena, we are always ready to welcome your pet as a new patient! Give us a call today at 410-355-3131 or 410-793-7670! For more information, as well as updates on veterinary news and topics, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Pinterest!