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Pet Acupuncture - How Does it Work? Is it Safe?

Pet owners in Virginia, West Virginia and DC areas – interested in dog or cat acupuncture? Call Roseville Veterinary Clinic at (540) 837-1334 to schedule an appointment.



What is Veterinary Acupuncture?



Acupuncture is the insertion of needles into specific points on the pet’s body to produce a healing response. Each acupuncture point has specific actions when stimulated.



This technique has been used in veterinary practice in China for thousands of years to treat ailments and in preventative medicine. Veterinary acupuncture is used worldwide, in conjunction with Western medicine, to treat a wide variety of conditions in every species of animal.



Which Conditions Are Candidates for Pet Acupuncture?



Acupuncture is indicated for functional problems such as paralysis, noninfectious inflammation (allergies) and pain. For small animals and pets, acupuncture can be used to treat:




  • Musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis, intervertebral disk disease or traumatic nerve injury

  • Respiratory problems such as asthma

  • Skin problems such as lick granulomas and allergic dermatitis

  • Gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea

  • Selected reproductive problems



In addition, regular pet acupuncture in sporting dogs can treat minor injuries as they occur and help to keep muscles and tendons resistant to injury. If your pets are involved in any athletic endeavor, such as racing, jumping, or showing – pet acupuncture can help them keep in top physical condition.



Acupuncture can assist the body to heal itself by affecting certain physiological changes. For example, acupuncture can stimulate nerves, increase blood circulation, relieve muscle spasm, and cause the release of hormones, such as endorphins (one of the body’s pain control chemicals) and cortisol (a natural steroid).



Is Pet Acupuncture Painful?



For small animals, the insertion of acupuncture needles is virtually painless. Once the needles are in place, there should be no pain. Most animals become relaxed and may even become sleepy. However, pet acupuncture treatment may cause some sensation, presumed to be those such as tingles, cramps, or numbness which can occur in humans and which may be uncomfortable to some animals.



Is Animal Acupuncture Safe?



Yes, when administered by a properly trained veterinarian. Side effects of acupuncture are rare, but an animal’s condition may seem worse for 48 hours after a treatment. Other animals become lethargic or sleepy for 24 hours. These effects are an indication that some physiological changes are developing, and they are most often followed by an improvement in the animal’s condition.



How Can My Pet Benefit from Acupuncture?



The success will vary according to the condition being treated and the number and frequency of pet acupuncture treatments. The length and frequency of the treatments depends on the condition of the patient and the method of stimulation used by the veterinary acupuncturist. A simple acute problem, such as a sprain, may require only one treatment, whereas more severe or chronic ailments may need several treatments.



How Safe is Pet Acupuncture?



Acupuncture should never be administered without a proper veterinary medical diagnosis and an ongoing assessment of the patient’s condition by a licensed veterinarian. This is critical because acupuncture is capable of masking pain or other clinical signs and may delay proper veterinary medical diagnosis once treatment has begun. Elimination of pain may lead to increased activity on the part of the animal, thus delaying healing or causing the original condition to worsen.



Certified Veterinary Acupuncturists, such as Dr. Holly Nightingale, have the comprehensive training, knowledge and skill to understand the interactions between different forms of treatment and to interpret the pet’s response to therapy.



The American Veterinary Medical Association considers veterinary acupuncture a valid modality within the practice of veterinary medicine and surgery.  The National Institute of Health said that there was compelling evidence that pet acupuncture was useful in the management of osteoarthritis and musculoskeletal pain.



Pet owners in Virginia, West Virginia and DC areas – interested in dog or cat acupuncture? Call Roseville Veterinary Clinic at (540) 837-1334 to schedule an appointment.


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