Answers To Our Most Asked Questions:
1. What is Acupuncture, where does it come from?
Acupuncture literally means `to prick with a needle` some history shows it to go back as far as the Stone Age. It is used to stimulate specific anatomical point on the body that have been shown to result in different physiological reactions. Every treatment is individualized to the patient; points selected, number and type of needles can be different for every animal.
2. What are the most common conditions treated with Acupuncture?
Some of the top reasons we see patients for Acupuncture include:
- Neurological Conditions: Spinal disease, or paralysis
- Musculoskeletal Conditions: Intervertebral disc disease, Arthritis, or Traumatic Injuries
- Skin Conditions: Allergies, Dermatitis
- Gastrointestinal Conditions
3. How can my pet benefit and how successful is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is triggering the body’s natural healing responses; most times multiple treatments are recommended before deciding if this is the best therapy for the condition. Every case is different; some conditions we see tremendous improvement quickly, and others improvement can be much slower and subtle.
4. Is it safe, do the needles hurt?
You would be surprised how well pets tolerate acupuncture treatments. Keep in mind acupuncture needles are much different than regular needles for injections. They are very fine, flexible, and nearly painless; once they pass through the skin there should be no discomfort.
5. Can Acupuncture be combined with other types of veterinary medicine?
Absolutely; it is not uncommon for us to use several different types of therapies in combination. Chiropractic, Physical therapy, Chinese herbal therapies, and/or western medicine can all be used together and complement each other as long as it’s done under the supervision of a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist.
6. Any side effects?
Side effects are rare but can be seen. Occasionally within 24-48 hours symptoms may seem a little worse before they improve. Pets often become sleepy and during most treatment they become quite relaxed.
7. Are there different styles of Acupuncture?
There are several different types of acupuncture that may be warranted for different conditions. `Dry Needles` are used most commonly, but for some conditions needles can be stimulated by electrical impulses, or acupuncture points can be stimulated by injection
of vitamins, and/or homeopathic preparations.
8. Can only veterinarians treat animals with Acupuncture?
Yes, only licensed veterinarians with appropriate post-doctoral education in veterinary acupuncture are qualified to perform treatments.
If acupuncture sounds like treatment you would like to see integrated into your pet’s care, call today to book a consult with our Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, Dr. Rob Butler.
Rachel Halsall RVT