Pet Acupuncture: An Alternative Therapy for Our Patients
In 2009, Dr. Leenerts obtained certification in veterinary acupuncture and has been offering this valuable service to pets in Centennial and surrounding areas ever since. Pet acupuncture is a complementary alternative to traditional medicine that provides pain relief and healing without the need for sedation or invasive surgery. While it might raise eyebrows and provoke skepticism, this technique has proven successful in treating a wide variety of disorders.
Is it Safe?
Treatment is completely safe. Since it is drug-free and requires no sedation, any pet that is willing to sit still long enough can have acupuncture. Furthermore, Dr. Leenerts is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist through the Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine. He received extensive training to obtain this certification and is more than happy to answer any questions you have about acupuncture.
How It Works
On the surface, pet acupuncture looks simple. Small thin needles are used to carefully penetrate different trigger points on the body where blood vessels, nerve bundles, and muscle junctions come together. When these needles are placed, a complex process occurs. The central nervous system becomes stimulated, producing endorphins and activating self-healing properties.
Is it Painful?
Acupuncture is virtually painless, but if any discomfort occurs, it is minimal and temporary. Some pets may even become relaxed and a bit sleepy during their treatment.
What Can Be Treated with Acupuncture?
Disorders associated with the muscles, skeletal and nervous systems benefit most from acupuncture. These include:
- Muscle spasms
- Back and neck pain
- Intervertebral disc disease
- Respiratory issues
- Various injuries
- Neurological disorders
- ...and more