How Does Acupuncture Work for Animals?
Like human acupuncture, animal acupuncture utilizes a variety of techniques, including traditional dry needle and electropuncture, to stimulate nerve bundles and induce healing and pain-relieving responses. This includes the release of endorphins, serotonin, and other chemicals.
At Village Vet, we frequently use acupuncture for dogs, cats, and horses in conjunction with other integrative therapies. This is to ensure maximum healing potential for your pet.
What Conditions are Treated with Acupuncture?
Acupuncture can be used to help treat a wide range of musculoskeletal and gastrointestinal ailments in dogs, cats, and horses, including:
- Joint and back pain
- Spinal injuries
- Neurological disorders
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Hypo- or hyperthyroidism
- Skin disorders
- Muscle spasms
- Post-surgical care
- Cushing’s disease
How Painful is Treatment?
Acupuncture should not be painful at all for dogs, cats, or horses. Acupuncture needles are extremely tiny, and our doctors take great care with needle placement to reduce potential discomfort. Some pets might feel mild soreness following treatment, but this is temporary.
However, it is possible that your pet may not be a good candidate for acupuncture therapy if they are prone to anxiety and have a tendency to fidget. We are more than happy to explore other integrative therapies that might suit them better.