Evidence for acupuncture in pets has become so overwhelming that conventional veterinary organizations like the American Veterinary Medical Association advocate for its efficacy. Still, acupuncture is not right for all pets. Eaton Animal Den, a full-service veterinary hospital in Eaton, CO, looks at the facts about pet acupuncture.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Needles inserted at specific junctions in the body promote the release of chemicals like endorphins, norepinephrine, and enkephalin that help reduce inflammation, promote pain relief and make the pet more relaxed. Acupuncture is not meant to replace medication or other therapies, but it can help to reduce the need for pain medication and increase your pet’s quality of life.
What are Acupuncture Needles Like?
Acupuncture needles are hair-thin and usually made out of stainless steel. They are sterile to prevent infections. They are used only once and then disposed of. People getting acupuncture treatments report that they usually cannot feel the needles.
How Do Pets React to the Needles?
Pets usually do not seem to pay much attention to the needles and often fall asleep during a session.
What Conditions Can Pet Acupuncture Treat?
Acupuncture works best for chronic conditions like Cushing’s disease, arthritis, degenerative joint disease, asthma, lick granulomas, spinal cord injuries, and chronic back pain. Pets taking chemotherapy often have less nausea and larger appetites when undergoing regular acupuncture sessions.
What Pets Should Not Undergo Acupuncture?
Acupuncture or electroacupuncture should never be used on pregnant pets, pets with bleeding disorders, or pets prone to seizures. These pets may still benefit from a similar healing system offered by a holistic veterinarian called acupressure.
What is a Pet Acupuncture Session Like?
Each session takes about an hour. The pet is settled comfortably, perhaps in the lap of the owner. The holistic veterinarian or veterinary acupuncturist inserts anywhere from four to a few dozen sterile needles. Then, the needles are taken out.
How Many Sessions Will My Pet Need?
The number of sessions your pet will need depends on your pet’s medical needs. The goal is to taper off sessions when the pet gets better. Some pets will need regular sessions throughout the rest of their lives.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Holistic Veterinarian in Eaton, CO
Call Eaton Animal Den today at (970) 454-1700 for more information on pet acupuncture or to schedule an appointment with our holistic veterinarian.