An alternative therapy, acupuncture is known to affect all major body systems, and is used to increase circulation, release endorphins to treat pain, relieve muscle spasms, and stimulate the body’s defense systems.
Acupuncture is one of the safest treatment methods when practiced by a trained acupuncturist. Sessions take between 10 to 30 minutes, during which time pets often fall asleep. Patients are often treated one to three times each week for four to six weeks. A positive response is frequently noticed within the first four to six treatments and can appear even earlier depending on the condition being treated and the methods used.
The following conditions are commonly treated with acupuncture:
- Chronic and acute pain
- Musculoskeletal problems
- Neurological diseases, such as seizures, hind/limb weakness, and disk diseases
- Behavioral problems
- Kidney failure
- Hormone diseases, such as diabetes, incontinence, and thyroid issues
- Skin problems
- Respiratory issues, such as asthma
- Gastrointestinal problems, such as diarrhea
- Sports injuries
Several techniques are used in veterinary acupuncture, including:
- Needles. Conventional acupuncture involves the placement of very fine needles into specific points of the body.
- Aqua-puncture involves injecting fluids into acupuncture points.
- Electro-acupuncture involves electrically stimulating acupuncture points.
- Laser acupuncture involves stimulating acupuncture points with a cold laser instrument.
- Ultrasound can also be used on and around selected acupuncture points.