Acupuncture for pets
We’re proud to offer acupuncture as a form of treatment at our hospital. There are countless benefits to this type of treatment, and we’ve found that acupuncture can be a particularly effective form of integrated healthcare for managing chronic diseases in a non-invasive way.
A Truly Integrated Approach
When our patients come to Sun Dog Cat Moon, we have one main goal: to help pets live a healthy, long and comfortable life. A major part of why we love complementary and holistic therapies is because we can provide treatments with fewer side effects—while still accomplishing our goals.
While some patients will come to us for just acupuncture, we truly utilize acupuncture in an integrated way. From promoting healing post-surgery, to combining with herbal therapy, to managing chronic diseases in older pets, acupuncture is a flexible and effective treatment form that helps pets feel healthier.
Our Approach to Veterinary Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine
Our veterinarians have a deep understanding of acupuncture treatment methods for pain and many health conditions. The process involves the strategic placement of ultra-thin needles into specific points of the pet’s body.
In Chinese Medicine theory, disease is recognized as an imbalance in the body’s energy and flow. The approach to diagnosis is to identify patterns of disharmony that lead to symptoms of disease. When examining your pet, our veterinarians consider how the signs relate to the individual patient, and design our treatment accordingly.
The Benefits of Acupuncture
Acupuncture has been shown to promote healing and can also provide pain relief. Every pet is unique, but we’ve found that, when combined with herbal therapy and other forms of treatment, acupuncture can be an effective way to help your pet feel their best.
We use acupuncture to treat several conditions in our patients, including:
- Disk disease
- Hip dysplasia
- Urinary tract disease
- Cushing’s disease
- Kidney failure
- Respiratory problems
- Skin conditions
- Gastrointestinal disease
- Neurological conditions
Acupuncture often requires more than one treatment. Patients are evaluated at each session to look for their response so we can tailor our treatments each and every time.
Types of Acupuncture
Dry needling involves the placement of thin needles at specific acupoints on many areas of the body for a short period of time.
Electroacupuncture uses a small electric current between pairs of acupuncture needles and is effective for treating pain and internal conditions.
This technique involves injections of small amounts of vitamin B12 with a small needle at acupoints and is often combined with dry needling.
YOUR PET, ACUPUNCTURE, AND LASER THERAPY
Part of why we advocate for an integrated approach to health is because we’re able to custom-tailor health treatments for our patients right while they’re in the room. For certain patients, we’ll conduct acupuncture and laser therapy treatments in the same day to maximize the benefits of the session.
We’re also strong advocates for massage therapy and chiropractic for pets. If you’re interested in this form of treatment for your pet, please call our hospital for a referral with our licensed canine massage therapist
Your pet is unique. The success of acupuncture is dependent on many factors, including health, age, personality, and strength. Generally we encourage clients to have pets try multiple appointments before dismissing the form of treatment.