Acupuncture is a form of complementary or alternative medicine for pets. This form of treatment has been used for centuries by Eastern practitioners and is still useful in today’s modern veterinary hospital. Acupuncture involves the placement of small needles in various points along the animal’s body. The procedure is painless with no side effects and pets enjoy the treatment. Acupuncture is designed to help the body heal itself by utilizing natural energy known as “qi”. Acupuncture may allow you to decrease, or in some cases, discontinue other forms of medications (like NSAIDs), thereby sparing the patient’s liver and kidneys.
Some conditions that are responsive to acupuncture include:
- Degenerative joint disease or arthritis
- Hip dysplasia
- Intervertebral disc disease
- Skin conditions
- Behavioral problems
- Internal medical conditions
- Chronic pain
If you have a pet that is on pain medication or has a chronic disease, acupuncture can help. Feel free to call and talk to Dr. Gray about the procedure or set up an appointment.