Can Acupuncture Help my Pet?
Dogs and cats with a variety of diseases and conditions may greatly benefit from adding veterinary medical acupuncture to their treatment regimen. Acupuncture can do so much more than just reduce muscle pain. By treating points known to stimulate specific nerves, a certified veterinary medical acupuncturist can even affect immune and organ function. In human medicine, acupuncture has been used with great success for centuries to treat a variety of medical disorders.
Here are some common conditions in animals that may benefit from acupuncture:
- Geriatric conditions, such as anxiety, sleep disorders, decreased appetite, pain, and incontinence
- Musculoskeletal conditions, such as arthritis pain, intervertebral disc disease, hip dysplasia, traumatic injuries (including ligament tears)
- Gastrointestinal disorders, such as decreased appetite, constipation and diarrhea
- Common diseases, such as kidney failure, Cushing’s, Addison’s, and both hyper and hypothyroidism
- Cancer, in conjunction or in place of chemotherapy or radiation
- Allergies and other skin diseases, including lick granulomas and ear infections
- Neurologic Conditions, such as compressed discs or degenerative myelopathy
- Post-surgical pain control and rehabilitation, such as after TPLO surgery
Acupuncture works with your pets’ own body to promote and facilitate healing. It is not uncommon, especially in older dogs or dogs with multiple issues, to have the desired effect of a medication outweighed by how it could negatively affect other disease processes in the body. These dogs, especially, can benefit from acupuncture.
Often owners are concerned that their anxious pet would not be a good candidate for acupuncture. On the contrary, for most pets the overall experience is not scary at all. In fact, most dogs and cats come to love and look forward to their treatments. We are proud to offer veterinary medical acupuncture at Westside Animal Hospital. Please contact us and let us know how we can help your beloved companion.
Authored by Dr. Kelly Hutchison