Acupuncture for Healing & Recovery Support
In traditional Chinese medicine practices, acupuncture is used as a method of promoting the healing process for pets by renewing the balance of their energies throughout their body.
This ancient form of medicine is based on the philosophy that illness is caused by an imbalance of vital energies in the body. In modern terms, acupuncture can help by improving blood flow, which boosts oxygenation in tissues.
Dr. Karen Shane is able to use this treatment in tandem with other rehabilitative therapies to support the recovery process of our dog and cats patients. Dr. Shane offers acupuncture treatments by appointment on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Order Chinese Herbs Online
We support acupuncture treatments through the online ordering of Chinese herbs. Follow the link below and fill out the form, making sure to list our name, your vet's name and our email. When you are authorized, you can buy herbs for your pet's healthcare.
The Acupuncture Technique
The acupuncture treatment process involves the insertion of tiny needles into an animals' body at exact points called meridians, where the blood vessels converge with the nerves of your body.
This treatment will help to guide vital energy along the meridians of your pet's body, supporting their nervous system and promoting their natural circulation, all while enhancing their body's natural healing abilities.
Common Acupuncture Uses
Our veterinarians will often recommend the use of acupuncture and other kinds of Chinese medicine techniques for a whole host of issues, including:
- Pain Management
Medical treatments like chemotherapy can feel quite uncomfortable for your pet. They will often be combined with acupuncture in an effort to relieve some of the discomfort and pain your pet may be feeling.
- Musculoskeletal Issues
Acupuncture can often be used for injury rehabilitation. Conditions such as arthritis, nerve injuries and hip dysplasia also tend to respond well to acupuncture.
- Dermatology & Skin Issues
Acupuncture treatment can help encourage increased circulation, which can help hot spots, granulomas and allergic dermatitis. It can also improve healing and reduce pain, leading to less itching and subsequent over-grooming.
- Gastrointestinal Issues
Acupuncture may stimulate digestive secretions, helping to promote a healthy digestive tract. Conditions like nausea or diarrhea may benefit from the increase in circulation caused by acupuncture treatments.
- Respiratory Issues
The immune-calming and anti-inflammatory capabilities of acupuncture treatment can improve asthma, allergies and other conditions.
Acupuncture for pets provides a number of benefits, including:
- Helps relax muscles and relieve pain
- Pets in poor health will benefit from the lack of systemic side effects
- Lowers the amount of waste products produced
- Improves metabolic waste removal from the body
- Promotes an increased blood flow which boosts oxygen in tissues