Acupuncture may be defined as the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to produce a healing response. Each acupuncture point has specific actions when stimulated. Acupuncture can stimulate nerves, increase blood circulation, relieve muscle spasm and cause the release of hormones such as endorphins (the body’s natural pain control chemical) and cortisol (natural steroid which will help to reduce inflammation).
We use acupuncture in our rehab facility to help animals with musculoskeletal issues such as arthritis, chronic pain, and postoperative pain control. Neurological conditions such as intervertebral disk disease (IVDD), paralysis, paresis, degenerative myelopathy, or traumatic nerve injury also are excellent candidates for acupuncture.
Our sporting or working dogs can also benefit from acupuncture to help treat minor injuries as well as keeping muscles and tendons resistant to injury. World-class athletes often use acupuncture as a routine part of their training. If you have a pet athlete – we can help keep them in tip top shape.
Most pets do not mind having the very small needles placed, but if they do, don’t worry! We can still get beneficial response using our LASER therapy at those same acupuncture points!
Acupuncture is very safe for pets, if performed by a licensed veterinarian with training in the needle placement. Side effects of acupuncture are rare, but they do exist. An animal’s condition may seem worse for up to 48 hours after a treatment. Other animals become lethargic or sleepy for 24 hours. These effects are an indication that some physiological changes are developing, and they are most often followed by an improvement in the animal’s condition.
For more information about Veterinary Acupuncture, please visit IVAS- International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. Dr. Kara has performed acupuncture for 4 years and is currently undergoing certification through this program.
Asia benefits from the pain relieving properties of acupuncture to help her chronic back issues.