Pet Acupuncture: An Alternative Treatment Method
Many pets experience pain due to chronic arthritis or ligament injuries. Administering oral medication can be difficult for some owners, and stressful for their pet. If your animal companion can’t or won’t take medication, what other options are available? At Custer McDermott Animal Hospital in Plano, we’re proud to offer pet acupuncture—a safe, painless, and non-invasive form of alternative medicine that doesn’t interfere with the human-animal bond.
What is Acupuncture?
Our very own Dr. Brewer is trained in pet acupuncture, and can perform the procedure right here in Plano for both dogs and cats. Acupuncture involves inserting tiny needles into particular points on the body (known as acupoints) to produce a healing effect. There are minimal to no side effects following pet acupuncture, and it can be used in conjunction with other treatments for optimal results.
Conditions That Can Be Treated with Pet Acupuncture
Pet acupuncture can do many things, such as increase blood flow, stimulate nerves, and release endorphins. A variety of diseases, chronic conditions, and disorders can be managed with acupuncture. These include:
- Degenerative joint disease
- Intervertebral disc disease
- Laryngeal paralysis
- Facial and radial nerve paralysis
- Gastric ulcers
- Cushing’s disease
- Renal failure
- Back pain
- …and more
How Acupuncture Works
There are many acupoints on the body that can be stimulated with the small acupuncture needles. Some of these acupoints are associated with pain relieving properties, which means that when the needle is inserted, certain pain-associated regions of the brain are activated. Acupuncture may yield other physiological benefits as well, but those are as yet unknown. According to the National Institute of Health, there is sufficient evidence to support acupuncture as a viable method for managing musculoskeletal and arthritis problems.
Is Acupuncture Safe For My Pet?
Acupuncture for small animals should be virtually painless, due to the small size of the acupuncture needles. There are very few side effects for this procedure, though some pets may feel lethargic or sleepy for the next 24 hours following treatment. These effects generally lead to an improvement in the patient’s condition.
Results depend entirely on the individual patient and the number of treatments they receive. Pet acupuncture often works well in conjunction with other treatments to produce the best results. If you’re interested in learning more about our pet acupuncture services here in Plano, please contact us for a consultation.