Is there anything worse than seeing your pet in pain? Like people, as pets age, they’re more likely to develop health conditions that can cause pain and discomfort. And, while pain medications can provide some temporary relief, they can also cause a number of side effects. At Colony Veterinary Hospital, we believe in offering the most comprehensive care available. There are often many approaches to medical care ranging from standard Western medicine to more holistic methods. Complementary therapies can be recommended based on conventional diagnostic methods as well as traditional Chinese medical pattern diagnosis. These therapies can be used as stand-alone treatments or combined with conventional Western therapies.

What is it? 

An ancient Chinese therapy, acupuncture decreases inflammation, stimulates nerves, and improves circulation. During an acupuncture treatment, small-gauge needles are placed into the pet’s skin in specific areas—the areas where the body’s life energy, or Qi, flows. Acupuncture needles are small and do not cause pain when they are inserted. In fact, dogs and cats often become relaxed during acupuncture treatments and can even fall asleep.

Uses of Acupuncture

Neurologic Disease: Seizures, Vestibular Disease, Cranial Nerve Disease (masticatory myositis, optic neuritis), Intravertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), Fibrocartilaginous Embolism, Peripheral Nerve Disease (Brachial Plexus Avulsion), and Degenerative Myelopathy.

Musculoskeletal Disease: Arthritis (hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, spinal arthritis, knee arthritis), Tendon Sprains and partial tears (cranial cruciate injuries, Achilles injuries), Luxating Patellas, and Geriatric Hind-end Weakness

Gastrointestinal Disease: Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Anorexia, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Constipation, Megacolon, and Gastric Reflux.

Other Diseases: Skin Allergies, Feline Asthma, Liver Disease, Chronic Renal Failure, Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease, Urinary Incontinence, Chronic Infections, Uveitis, and Chronic Corneal Ulcers.

What Should I Expect During an Acupuncture Appointment?

The first appointment includes a consultation, western examination and TCVM examination followed by an acupuncture treatment if indicated. The first appointment typically lasts one to one and one-half hours. Follow-up acupuncture appointments are for one hour.

Please bring all medical records, x-rays and current medications to your first appointment for my review.

How Long Does It Take For Acupuncture To Work?

It can take 3 to 5 acupuncture treatments before significant changes are seen. It is important to commit to giving the treatments time to work. If no significant changes are seen after the first 3 to 5 acupuncture treatments, I will recommend another approach for helping your companion.

Have questions? Please do not hesitate to contact us today! We’re here to help your pet feel better.

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