Acupuncture: How Can It Help Your Pet’s Health

acupuncture how can it help your pet's healthRoutine healthcare for your pet is one of the best methods of preventative medicine to keep your furry, scaled, or feathered friends at their best health. There are many different options available for those who do not wish to choose just traditional treatments for their pets. Festival Animal Clinic offers a variety of services to care for your pet, including those holistic in nature such as acupuncture.

What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture, a holistic health technique that stems from Traditional Chinese Medicine, can be a beneficial addition to general healthcare options when performed by a veterinarian trained in traditional Chinese veterinary medicine (TCVM). It utilizes the insertion of very thin needles into the skin at various depths. They target specific points on the body where nerve bundles and blood vessels meet. These areas, called “acupuncture points,” generate a cycle of energy throughout the entire body. The goal of acupuncture is to promote healing by correcting energy imbalances in the body. This includes stimulation of the nervous system, enhancement of blood circulation, and the release of anti-inflammatory and pain relieving hormones.

There are many different uses for it as an alternative therapy to keep your pet healthy. It stimulates the release of the body’s own pain relieving and anti-inflammatory efforts. The insertion of the needles will relax the muscles throughout the body to create local pain relief at the site of insertion, and an overall pain relieving effect. It Improves blood flow in the tissues, oxygenation, and the removal of metabolized wastes and toxins. Unlike prescription or over the counter medications, veterinary acupuncture does not impose adverse side effects on your pet’s internal organs. Veterinary acupuncture will not be adversely affected by your pet’s medications or supplements. This makes acupuncture a safe alternative to treat a wide variety of illnesses.

Some of the conditions that have shown positive response to acupuncture includes:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Traumatic nerve injuries
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Lick granulomas
  • Arthritis
  • Allergic skin conditions
  • Disease of the spinal cord
  • Reproductive problems
  • Seizures/epilepsy
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Asthma
  • Immune function
  • Systemic inflammatory conditions
  • Performance

Veterinary acupuncture may not be right for every pet. It is best to consult a trained professional to find out how it can help your pet. Festival Animal Clinic is proud to offer top quality care in veterinary medicine to patients in Centennial, CO and surrounding areas. They provide acupuncture as a treatment to help pets with a variety of disorders, particularly those associated with the muscle and skeletal systems. Acupuncture is simple and most pets not only tolerate it well, but they also begin to enjoy the interaction and experience.

If you have any questions, or would like more information on how Festival Animal Clinic can care for your pet, please don’t hesitate to call us at (303) 850-9393.