Acupuncture for Healing & Recovery Support
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.
The Acupuncture Technique
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.
Common Acupuncture Uses
Our vets often recommend the use of acupuncture for a number of issues, including:
- Pain Management
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.
- 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, which helps to promote healthy digestive activity. Conditions such as diarrhea or nausea may benefit from increased blood flow.
- 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:
- Improves metabolic waste removal from the body
- Pets in poor health will benefit from the lack of systemic side effects
- Promotes an increased blood flow which boosts oxygen in tissues
- Lowers the amount of waste products produced
- Helps relax muscles and relieve pain