Acupuncture is designed to help balance the body’s own energy to facilitate healing. Acupuncture points are along Meridians, or channels of the energy of the body, and often trace the paths of major nerves and vessels. These points have been well established in humans for centuries, and have been mapped in animals so that our pets can benefit from acupuncture as well. Acupuncture is generally safe in the hands of a trained veterinarian. Proper diagnosis of the problem is critical to the safety and efficacy of the treatment. Dr. Castle and Dr. Smith are both certified in Veterinary Acupuncture. Acupuncture is used to treat several health issues including joint problems (hip dysplasia and arthritis), neurologic issues, behavioral disorders (obsessive-compulsive licking), cancer and the side effects of chemotherapy, allergies. gastrointestinal problems, reproductive disorders, immune system regulation, and urinary disorders. Also, Acupuncture is used for pain management and can help reduce or eliminate the need for costly medications which can have adverse side effects.
The treatment plan is developed after the Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist has evaluated your pet and established a diagnosis. Plans usually include weekly or bi-weekly acupuncture sessions for 4 to 8 weeks. Some positive response is usually seen within the first 4 treatments. Once a response is observed, treatments are spaced out to the longest interval that keeps the condition under control.
We try to use acupuncture in addition to other therapies to obtain the maximum benefit for your pet. The approach will vary based on the pet’s medical condition. If your pet has a doctor other than your acupuncturist, it’s important to let both doctors know what treatments are used and any changes to the treatment plan.