Most people have heard of acupuncture. This ancient Chinese practice involves inserting dozens of ultra-fine needles into various parts of the body with the purpose of altering the flow of Qi, or energy, in order to improve health and relieve ailments. Many people think that acupuncture is purely for humans, but in recent years, it has been used with great success in our pets too.
Experts believe that the insertion of needles used in acupuncture actually stimulates sensory nerves both within the muscles and underneath the skin. When this happens, it is thought to trigger your pet’s body to produce a range of natural substances that are capable of promoting healing as well as boosting her general health and wellbeing. These substances could be serotonin which helps to alleviate stress and anxiety, or endorphins which help to relieve pain.
Acupuncture sessions are very calm, relaxing appointments and every effort will be made to ensure that your pet remains comfortable throughout. Once she is settled on our treatment table, the needles are placed in accordance with her individual needs. Each needle is pre-sterilized, so you do not have to worry about any sort of contamination. Once all the needles have been placed, they will still in place for anywhere between 5 and 20 minutes before they are removed. The needle points are so fine that your pet shouldn’t notice them being placed, and many pets even become so chilled out that they fall asleep for the duration of their appointment.
Once the treatment is concluded, the needles will be removed one at a time, and you and your pet will be free to go home and return to your usual activities.
One of the most common questions that we are asked about pet acupuncture is how many sessions an animal is likely to need. Unfortunately, there is no straightforward answer to this as each pet is different and must be treated according to their individual requirements. We may be able to estimate how many sessions your pet might need at her consultation appointment, but this may change depending on how she responds to the treatment. In most instances, appointments are spaced weekly or fortnightly, again depending on your pet’s requirements.
Acupuncture in pets has been found to be beneficial in treating a range of different health issues. These include:
- Chronic neck pain
- Chronic back pain
- Knee/joint problems
- Managing pain and inflammation
- Respiratory problems such as asthma
- Skin problems such as flea allergy dermatitis
- Gastrointestinal issues such as irritable bowel syndrome
- Selective reproductive issues
If you are unsure whether your pet would benefit from acupuncture therapy, our team would be delighted to assess her condition and give you an opinion based on our understanding and experience of medical issues and alternative therapies such as acupuncture.
If you would like more information about pet acupuncture, or if you would like to schedule a consultation appointment for your adored animal, please get in touch with Elizabeth Veterinary Clinic Inc. in Roselle, NJ today by calling (908) 245-7853.