Pet Acupuncture at Wooded Acres Animal Hospital
Acupuncture is an ancient method of healing that’s been around for over 3,000 years. Acupuncture has been successful in helping humans reduce their chronic health conditions. However, veterinary medicine has expanded to include this form of natural treatment for animals. At Wooded Acres Animal Hospital in Middle Island, our professional staff is ready to provide the care your pet needs for reducing pain or discomfort through acupuncture therapy.
How It Works
The theory behind acupuncture is that the body has channels called meridians, where energy naturally flows. When these meridians are blocked, sickness and pain can occur. Acupuncture works by placing very thin needles into specific meridians on the body. The needles are then manipulated by hand or given a very mild current of electricity. Stimulating the meridians with needles increases blood flow to the affected area.
Does Acupuncture Replace Traditional Vet Care?
Pet acupuncture is not meant to replace conventional veterinary care. Instead, it’s to be used in tandem with medications, diet changes, surgery, and anything else your pet needs. In some instances, acupuncture can reduce a pet’s need for pain medication.
Can Anyone Perform Pet Acupuncture?
Animal acupuncture needs to be performed by a veterinarian certified in acupuncture therapy. This is because the needles need to be placed precisely at certain depths. Our vets can assess your pet’s current health and medical history to understand whether or not acupuncture therapy is beneficial for your animal and how many sessions it will need. Many pets fall asleep during acupuncture sessions. How many sessions a week is needed depends on your pet’s individual health care needs.
What Pets Can Benefit from Acupuncture?
Pets that suffer from chronic pain conditions like arthritis benefit from acupuncture treatments. We often treat dogs with degenerative disc disease or hip dysplasia with acupuncture. It’s also used to treat circulatory problems, immunity disorders, digestive issues, and reproductive problems. Acupuncture can decrease pain or discomfort and improve your pet’s overall health.
What Pets Should Not Have Acupuncture?
Since electricity is often used to stimulate the needles, any pet with epilepsy or is prone to seizures should not have acupuncture. Acupuncture is also not recommended for pregnant pets. Although there is very little bleeding when the needles are removed, there still is a risk of dangerous bleeding. So, pets prone to bleeding disorders should not receive this therapy.
Visit Us for a Pet Exam from Our Veterinarian in Middle Island, NY
If you still have questions about pet acupuncture, contact us at (631) 760-1554 for more information. At Wooded Acres Animal Hospital, we are dedicated to providing our patients the care they need to live healthy and happy at any stage of life. If your pet is suffering from pain or discomfort, contact us to schedule a veterinary exam in Middle Island.