Acupuncture for Pets
At RehabVet, we embrace a holistic approach to your pet’s health and wellbeing. One such treatment we offer is veterinary acupuncture for dogs and cats. This is an ancient practice with modern applications, providing natural relief for a range of conditions.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points on your pet’s body, stimulating natural healing processes. It’s rooted in traditional Chinese veterinary medicine and is based on promoting balance and harmony within the body. It’s been scientifically proven to release endorphins, enhance blood circulation, stimulate nerves, and boost the immune system.
We commonly utilise acupuncture to help with chronic conditions like arthritis and hip dysplasia, as well as acute issues such as trauma and injuries. It can even assist in managing conditions like gastrointestinal disorders and anxiety.
The acupuncture treatment process at RehabVet is performed by our experienced veterinarians, trained specifically in veterinary acupuncture. They ensure each session is tailored to your pet’s specific needs and comfort levels. Above all, we prioritise your pet’s welfare, ensuring that acupuncture, like all our treatments, is a calm, soothing, and beneficial experience for your beloved pet.
- Pain Relief: Acupuncture helps to release endorphins, the body’s natural pain-killing chemicals, and cortisol, a natural anti-inflammatory steroid.
- Stress Reduction: Just like humans, pets can feel stressed, too. Acupuncture can help them to relax, improving their overall well-being.
- Neurological Improvement: It can aid in managing neurological issues by stimulating nerve activity.
- Anti-Inflammatory: Acupuncture can reduce inflammation, making it beneficial for conditions like arthritis and skin allergies.
- Enhanced Circulation: It can improve blood flow to specific areas of the body, which aids in healing and the removal of toxins.
- Boosts Immunity: Acupuncture can enhance the immune system, making it more effective in fighting off illnesses.
- Digestive Health: It can help improve the digestive process, alleviating issues like diarrhea or constipation.
- Improved Quality of Life: Especially for pets with chronic conditions, acupuncture can enhance their overall quality of life by reducing pain and improving functionality.
- Supports Cancer Treatments: While it doesn’t cure cancer, acupuncture can help manage the side effects of other treatments such as chemotherapy.
Types of Conditions
- Arthritis and joint conditions
- Hip dysplasia
- Chronic pain management
- Neurological disorders, such as intervertebral disc disease
- Post-surgical recovery and pain control
- Skin conditions, including allergies and hot spots
- Respiratory conditions, like asthma
- Digestive problems, such as diarrhoea and vomiting
- Urinary conditions, including feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD)
- Behavioural issues and anxiety
- Aging-related decline and weakness
- Immune-mediated diseases
- Liver and kidney diseases
- Endocrine disorders, like hypothyroidism and Cushing’s disease
- Cancer supportive care
- Rehabilitation after injury
- Chronic ear infections
- Certain fertility issues
- Certain eye conditions, such as dry eye and uveitis
- Non-healing wounds.
It’s crucial to consult with a trained veterinary professional to determine if acupuncture is a suitable treatment option for your pet’s specific health condition.
Is acupuncture effective for treating chronic conditions in pets?
Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body to stimulate healing and relieve pain. The needles are typically left in place for 10-30 minutes, and the treatment may be repeated several times over a period of weeks or months.
There is a growing body of scientific evidence to support the use of acupuncture in veterinary medicine. Studies have shown that acupuncture can be effective in treating a wide range of chronic conditions in pets, including osteoarthritis, intervertebral disc disease, and chronic pain.
One of the key benefits of acupuncture is that it is a drug-free therapy, which means that it can be used in conjunction with other treatments without the risk of drug interactions or side effects. This makes acupuncture a particularly attractive option for pets that are unable to tolerate conventional medications or that have conditions that are difficult to manage with drugs alone.
Acupuncture can also be used to promote overall wellness and prevent illness in pets. By stimulating the body’s natural healing processes, acupuncture can help to boost the immune system, improve circulation, and reduce stress.
Is acupuncture painful for pets?
Acupuncture is generally not painful for pets. The needles used for acupuncture are much smaller than the ones used for injections, and they are inserted into specific points on the body that have a lower density of nerve endings. This means that most pets barely notice the needles going in. In fact, many pets find acupuncture to be quite relaxing, and some even fall asleep during the treatment.
That being said, it is important to note that every pet is different, and some may be more sensitive than others. In rare cases, a pet may experience some discomfort during acupuncture treatment, especially if they are already in pain or have sensitive skin. However, any discomfort is usually mild and short-lived.
It is also worth noting that a skilled and experienced acupuncturist will take great care to ensure that your pet is comfortable throughout the treatment. They will use the minimum number of needles necessary and adjust the depth and placement of the needles as needed to minimize any discomfort.