In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is used as a way to promote the healing process for pets by renewing the balance of energy throughout their body.
This form of medicine is based on the philosophy that illness can be caused by the imbalance of a living being's vital energies. In more modern terms, acupuncture can help to improve your blood flow and boost the oxygenation of your pet's tissues.
At Shatto Veterinary Center, we feel that we can obtain the best results by using acupuncture as a supplement to medical therapy to help restore your pet's health and vitality.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of small needles into your pet's body at precise locations call meridians, where the blood vessels converge with the nerves. Needles help to guide vital energy along these meridians and support the nervous system and promote circulation while enhancing the body's ability to heal.
Our vets often recommend the use of acupuncture for a number of issues, including:
Medical treatments such as chemotherapy can feel very uncomfortable for your pet. They will often be combined with acupuncture in an effort to relieve some discomfort, helping your cat or dog to fight their illness.
Acupuncture can often be used for injury rehabilitation. Conditions such as arthritis, nerve injuries and hip dysplasia also tend to respond well to acupuncture.
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.
Acupuncture may stimulate digestive secretions, which helps to promote healthy digestive activity. Conditions such as diarrhea or nausea may benefit from increased blood flow.
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: