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Hillside Pet Clinic

Acupuncture Therapy

Acupuncture therapy for your pet is a pain-free way to treat a variety of conditions, primarily those dealing with inflammation and pain.

Acupuncture is a widely used and growing method of treatment for many conditions in our pets. Acupuncture is the insertion of small needles into recognized points on the body for the stimulation of specific reactions that often promote healing. Acupuncture has been used to treat humans and animals in China for thousands of years and is currently being used globally alone or in conjunction with Western medicine. The conditions that have the best response to acupuncture are those associated with the musculoskeletal system (arthritis, pain, IVDD, ect) and nervous system (nerve injury, seizures); however, acupuncture can also be used to treat certain skin conditions, respiratory conditions, urinary conditions such as incontinence, gastrointestinal conditions such as chronic diarrhea, and some reproductive disorders. Although acupuncture may not be the cure for every condition, it is often used in conjunction with western medicine to promote wellness and support our patients through cancer or chronic manageable conditions such as kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, ect.

Acupuncture sessions are typically scheduled once weekly until significant improvement is observed. Depending on the condition, this can take 3-4 sessions. Once drastic improvement has occurred, the time between sessions is increased. Many chronic conditions can be managed on once every 3 month sessions. If treating an acute condition, acupuncture can be discontinued at the time of resolution.

Although many owners are concerned that acupuncture may be painful to their pet, the needles used are very small and once inserted into the skin cause minimal pain. Most animals during the acupuncture session become comfortable and sleepy. Pets have been known to anticipate and look forward to their acupuncture sessions. The benefit of acupuncture is that it is one of the safest forms of medical treatments when it is administered by a properly trained veterinarian. Occasionally, acupuncture side-effects occur where the patient may seem worse for up to 48 hours after a treatment. Other animals become lethargic or sleepy for 24 hours. These effects are an indication that some physiological changes are developing, and they are most often followed by an improvement in the animal’s condition.

If you believe that your pet could benefit from acupuncture please speak with one of our veterinarians and we will gladly discuss how acupuncture can be used to help your pet.