What to Expect With Veterinary Acupuncture

What to Expect With Veterinary Acupuncture



A growing number of expert veterinarians are adding acupuncture to their treatment options. Widespread traditional Chinese veterinary medicine use is evidence of its effectiveness. These techniques are now recognized and accepted by modern Western medicine.



What Is Veterinary Acupuncture?



This involves stimulating the production of specific actions. Doctors achieve this by inserting needles into points on the pet's body. When the points undergo stimulation, the brain causes pain relief through the activation of specific parts that cause pain relief. 


It releases effects such as nerve stimulation and increased blood flow. The treatment also causes muscle spasm relief and releases cortisol and endorphins. This therapy is a beneficial pain-control alternative treatment. It can be used as medication or can become added to orthodox medication.


A licensed and certified veterinarian trained as an acupuncturist should perform acupuncture. If done correctly, it is a very safe treatment method. It is just like other medications and rarely has side effects. It can benefit older pets or those with diminished kidney or liver function. Acupuncture rarely has life-threatening or severe side effects. 



Which Pets Benefit From Acupuncture?



Acupuncture benefits pets with various conditions such as:


  • Pancreatitis.
  • Post-surgery pain.
  • Severe musculoskeletal issues.
  • Nerve conditions.
  • Skin problems like granuloma.
  • Slow gastrointestinal motility.
  • Traumatic injuries.


How Does Acupuncture Work?



It has five mechanisms. The first one is local effects that include stipulating muscle and the nerve fibers of the skin. It also includes dilation of blood vessels. 


The segmental (regional) effect is the second mechanism. This achieves pain relief by inhibiting the pain path at the spinal cord level and regulating regional autonomic tone. This effect allows pain modulation by placing needles in the painful region.


Extra segmental (entire body) is the third major mechanism achieved by pain regulation and autonomic systems. It releases pain relievers from the spinal cord and brain. Your pet experiences a sense of well-being by releasing oxytocin and serotonin. Pain inhibition rises along the spinal cord.


The fourth mechanism is the central pain regulation effect. Acupuncture induces pain through the emotional or limbic system. Deep sleep happens after this treatment.


Myofascial trigger points are the fifth mechanism. Acupuncture releases hyperirritable stretched bands within a muscle belly. This is as compensation for musculoskeletal disease or injury.



Benefits of Veterinary Acupuncture for Your Pet



  • The muscle relaxes at the needle insertion site and other body regions. As a result, your pet can experience a generalized or local pain relief effect.
  • It stimulates the release of anti-inflammatory and pain-releasing chemicals that cause pain relief.
  • Improves blood flow to tissues; as a result, oxygen circulation improves. In doing so, it removes metabolic waste and toxins.
  • It has no side effects like prescription drugs. 
  • It can work together with traditional veterinary medicine. 



What to Expect With Veterinary Acupuncture



The procedure uses tiny needles with a thickness like that of hair. The needles are different from the hypodermic ones used for medical procedures. Solid and not hollow, they are also coated to help reduce pain. You can spend about an hour at your appointment. Your pet is likely to have a mild reaction to the procedure as most pets do. Electropuncture machines sometimes improve results.


For more on veterinary acupuncture, visit Elizabeth Veterinary Clinic at our office in Roselle, New Jersey. You can call (908) 245-7853 to book an appointment today.