Thinking of acupuncture for your pet?

 

Acupuncture has been used for centuries to treat various conditions and works by stimulating the body’s own natural anti-inflammatory, pain inhibiting and self-healing processes. 

The use of acupuncture for pets is increasing, as more people realise the value of integrative medicine for their furry family members. Some owners seek acupuncture as an alternative to western medicines and therapies, however most are looking for a way to compliment these mainstream therapies, to help improve their efficacy and to reduce potential side-effects. 

Although used most often for pain management, acupuncture can be very effective in a variety of conditions, especially in chronic disease. 

Pain Management:  Acupuncture has been used successfully in osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease, intervertebral disc disease, tendon/ligament injuries, muscle soreness and abdominal pain.

Geriatric or Chronic Conditions:  Older patients can suffer from conditions that considerably reduce their quality of life. Some of these patients are too weak or compromised to tolerate conventional medicines and acupuncture can provide a safe and effective alternative. 

Cancer Patients:  Patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments can experience digestive upset, extreme fatigue or general discomfort. Acupuncture can often relieve or lessen some of these side effects and improve quality of life. 

Palliative Care:  Patients experiencing terminal illnesses, or struggling with multiple pain issues toward the end of life, may find great comfort with acupuncture treatments, providing relaxation, better quality sleep, improved appetite and decreased pain and anxiety. 

The success of the acupuncture treatment will vary according to the condition being treated and the number and frequency of treatments. 

Each patient is unique and will have acupuncture sessions individually designed for their current medical problems. Acupuncture is a very complex therapy, therefore it is best to only consult with a qualified veterinary professional, who is trained in both veterinary medicine and veterinary acupuncture.