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What are the benefits of

Veterinary

Acupuncture?​

Animal acupuncture uses an integrative approach which pairs well with Western Veterinary medicine.  When Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCVM) is practiced with western medicine, two distinct ways of diagnosing are used together to expand treatment options for our patients.  TCVM is safe approach with no serious side effects and has research and scientific evidence in treating many clinical conditions in humans and animals.

 
 
What are the clinical conditions commonly treated by

Acupuncture?

  • Musculoskeletal problems
     
  • Allergic dermatitis or other
    skin diseases

     
  • Reproductive disorders
  • Diarrhea
     
  • Anxiety
     
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Musculoskeletal problems
     
  • Allergic dermatitis or other skin
    diseases

     
  • Reproductive disorders
Common Small Animal and Equine Diseases Treated by 

Acupuncture

  • Allergies
  • Anxieties
  • Asthma
  • Back pain
  • Behavioral problems
  • Cancer
  • Decreasing pain
  • Decreased side effects of other medications
  • Improving quality of life
  • Constipation/mega colon
  • Cushing‘ s Disease
  • Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)
  • Diabetes
  • Disc related problems
  • Geriatric diseases
  • Irritable Bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD)
  • Ear infections
  • Heaves
  • Hip dysphasia
  • Immune system support
  • Inflammation
  • Itching
  • Kidney insufficiency/renal failure
  • Lactation
  • Lick granuloma
  • Ligament injuries
  • Liver failure
  • Megaesophagus
  • Muscular problems
  • Nausea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pain
  • Pyoderma
  • Reproduction/Fertility
  • Respiratory
  • Seizures
  • Surgical – Post operative recovery
  • Skin problems
  • Spraying in cats
  • Stress problems
  • Stroke
  • Tendon strains
  • Undiagnosed chronic illness
  • Urinary Diseases
  • Wheezing
  • Vestibular Syndrome
  • Vomiting
 
What Treatments are Required for

Veterinary
Acupuncture?

Every patient and medical condition will respond differently to acupuncture, just like in western medicine.  More severe, or longterm disease processes may need treatment 1-2 times per week initially and then once weekly or biweekly for one month.  For chronic (longterm) cases, the goal is to taper their treatments to every 4-6 weeks, or longer, if their clinical condition stays in maintenance.  Acute cases may need 1-3 treatments and then treatment on an as needed basis, or maybe never again.

Because each case is different, during the initial consultation and treatment, your pet’s condition and probable treatment protocol and prognosis will be discussed.

 
Does Acupuncture

Hurt?

Acupuncture uses very small, sharp, flexible needles.  Most animals feel no pain or experience a mild pinching feeling when the needles are placed, that quickly disappears.  After the needles are positioned, there is sometimes a mild tingling sensation, warming effects or relaxation at the needle points.  If a point offers discomfort, it is removed. Acupuncture is very relaxing. Most animals enjoy acupuncture and even anxious animals see a calming effect, lie down, or even fall asleep.

 
Do I need a veterinarian referral for  

Acupuncture?

  • It is awesome to team up with other veterinarians by referral and work together to provide an Integrative Medicine plan together.  I will communicate with your veterinarian to work together to provide the best care veterinary care for your pet.
     
  • I am also a veterinarian, so I can work without a referral.
     
  • I currently take appointments and referrals at various locations. Click on the "Contact Us" button below for more information.