What is Acupuncture? Acupuncture is an ancient form of medical treatment. Every organ and tissue in any animal’s body is connected through complex systems of nerves. Acupuncture uses needles to affect the nerves and modulate the nerve signals to the spinal cord. It increases the body’s ability to heal itself and treats a variety of diseases. Therefore, acupuncture works on anyone with a nervous system.
Why treat animals? Because your pets deserve to live long, healthy, pain-free lives!
Every pharmaceutical given to an animal, even if it helps an existing problem, needs either the kidneys or liver to process it. With acupuncture, we can treat disease and pain without causing damage to or exhausting the limited capabilities of the kidneys and liver.
In many cases, animals receiving acupuncture treatments can drastically decrease or even stop taking pharmaceuticals. Acupuncture is not meant to replace traditional, Western medicine, but it is a powerful tool to compliment our treatment options.
Is it Safe? Does it Hurt?
It really doesn’t hurt! Insertion of the needle will cause the sensation of a small prick. The needles are much smaller than the ones used for vaccinations at the vet’s office. Most animals act as though they feel nothing at all. The needle itself is a sterile, malleable steel. If your pet moves dramatically with a needle in its muscle, it may be uncomfortable but will not cause any serious damage.
Frequently, the inserted needles will be well within your pet’s reach. Although highly unlikely, if a pet is left unattended, it could lick and swallow a needle. Therefore, we ask that you love on your pet throughout the treatment so that it can’t reach any needles.
Some pets will feel a little sore after treatment, as if they just received a massage. This is a normal response and should wear off quickly.
What does Acupuncture treat?
• Back pain related to injured disks
• Soft-tissue swellings/injuries
• Muscle spasms/ tight muscles
• Cancer pain
• Facial nerve paralysis
• Hearing loss
• Bladder dysfunction
• Hind limb weakness
• Seizure disorders
• Acupuncture can speed the rate of recovery from surgery
• This common sign of stress can be alleviated with acupuncture for our feathered pets
What can I expect during my acupuncture appointment? During your first appointment, the anatomy and neurology behind acupuncture will be explained to you in detail. We will then go over your pet’s medical history, current medications, and any diagnostics already performed. In addition to treating your pet with acupuncture that day, the doctor will make suggestions as to additional medications and diagnostics that may help you pet’s recovery more complete.
Acupuncture is a process, not an instant cure. The process relies on repeated treatments so that the effects of each will build on the next, slowly making each treatment more effective than the last. For this reason, it is recommend that each pet receive at least 4 treatments before deciding if acupuncture is effective for that individual. The treatment plan will be tailored to your pet’s individual needs.
Dr. Paige Ellwood studied acupuncture in addition to traditional Western medicine because she strongly believes in using all the medical tools at her disposal to help an animal maintain a healthy and comfortable life. She graduated from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2008. During vet school, she completed the Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians course and received her veterinary acupuncture certification.
Call us today to set up a consultation appointment and find out if acupuncture can help your pet. Visit our Acupuncture Testimonials page to read about some of our current patients!