Acupuncture is a safe and effective method of treatment for dogs and cats that works in conjunction with traditional veterinary medicine to treat many health conditions. Very thin, sterile needles are placed into specific points on the body where nerve tissue bundles and blood vessels meet in order to achieve a therapeutic effect. Acupuncture can reduce symptoms of disease and is a low-stress treatment for many veterinary medical conditions.
Acupuncture involves inserting tiny needles into the skin to initiate change in the soft tissue. These changes can include:
The goal of acupuncture is to correct physical imbalances by stimulating the nervous system to help regulate the body’s systems.
Acupuncture can be used to treat a number of different health conditions, including:
Dr. Kristin Kuntz is certified in veterinary medical acupuncture and performs treatments for our patients here at Family Pet Animal Hospital. If your pet is a current patient at our practice and has a primary veterinarian, please speak with him/her to see if acupuncture may be helpful for your pet. If your pet is not a current patient at our hospital, you will need to contact us to schedule an appointment for an exam and evaluation with Dr. Kuntz.
Acupuncture needles are incredibly thin and most patients tolerate treatment very well. Many become quite relaxed or even sleepy during treatment due to the release of serotonin and endorphins associated with acupuncture. Occasionally pets may experience some discomfort upon the insertion of the needle, but it is typically a brief response to the stimulation. If the pet does not tolerate a certain point, we will simply remove the needle.
While nothing is 100% risk free, side effects and complications from acupuncture are extremely rare when performed by a trained veterinarian.
The frequency of treatments depends on your pet’s medical history and current condition. Acupuncture is a complementary procedure and works best in combination with traditional veterinary medicine. While each treatment plan must be tailored to your pet’s specific needs, typically, your pet will begin with more frequent treatments and begin to taper to fewer sessions before their condition improves.
Please contact us at (773) 935-2311 to find out more about acupuncture or to schedule an appointment.
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