Pet acupuncture may be used alone or as a complement to other treatments for a wide variety of conditions including but not limited to:
- skin conditions
- respiration problems
- Chronic age-related conditions
- slow healing injuries
- pain relief
- nerve damage
- reproductive issues
- GI instability
What is Involved in Pet Acupuncture?
The veterinarian acupuncturist will discuss your pet’s medical history with you and perform a physical examination. This is a good time to bring up any concerns or goals you have, and the veterinarian will likely want to consult with or obtain medical records from your general practitioner to ensure that the medical care is complementary to their treatment plan. We have relationships with many local veterinarians and can coordinate this process on your behalf. The acupuncturist will then come up with a treatment plan involving one or more acupuncture sessions.
Next, what about the acupuncture process itself? The goal of acupuncture is to encourage the body’s natural processes of healing and renewal. A Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist will stimulate key points on your pet’s body with very fine, completely sterile needles. It is not painful. Many animals find the process relaxing and may even get sleepy.
How Quickly Can I Expect Results?
Certain effects may be seen in just one session. However, it may take multiple sessions for your pet to see the full benefits of treatment. This depends on many factors unique to the animal, the condition, and other treatment protocols also in place. Realistic expectations will always be discussed with you as part of the initial recommended treatment plan.
If you have questions, if you’re unsure, if you’d like us to walk you through it – call us. All treatments are administered by a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist. Dr. Smallwood and Dr. Leska have more than 20 years of combined experience in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine treatment methods.