Did you know your pet can benefit from acupuncture the same way you do?
Many pets benefit from the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture. Acupuncture points (acupoints) are specific spots on the body surface where a veterinarian applies stimulation for the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Thousands of years of clinic practice along with modern research have shown that each acupoint possesses special therapeutic effects.
Veterinary acupuncture can be used for a wide range of problems in your pet. Most frequently acupuncture may be used for the discomfort associated with joint disorders, such as arthritis or injury. Some also consider acupuncture the non-surgical treatment choice for some forms of spinal disc disease.
Did you know that there are other conditions that may benefit from acupuncture? These may include skin disease, ear infections, urinary tract problems, digestive upsets, nerve disorders, respiratory and behavioral concerns.
What does acupuncture involve for your pet?
Treatment of your pet by acupuncture usually involves needling by traditional Chinese acupuncture needles.
Very fine stainless steel needles are inserted through the skin into the acupuncture point, and are commonly left in place for 1-20 minutes.
For small animals, the insertion of acupuncture needles is virtually painless. Once the needles are in place, there should be no pain. Most animals become very relaxed and may even become sleepy.
Dr. Miriam Rustemeyer BVSc is a certified veterinary acupuncturist and canine rehabilitation veterinarian with a keen interest in helping our older arthritic patients with the discomfort associated with ageing and arthritis. She will use a multi modal (multiple treatments) approach and make a plan that best suits you, your pet and your budget.
Initial acupuncture consultations are 60 minutes and follow up appointments are 40 minutes.
During the colder months, you may notice your pet becoming stiff and sore. Have a read of our ‘Signs of Arthritis’ post and if you are noticing some of these signs contact us for more information or to make an appointment.
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