For thousands of years, acupuncture has been applied to both humans and animals as a natural way to manage illness, control pain and promote overall wellness. This ancient technique is based on the concept that the body contains a broad range of external points – known as acupoints. When these points are stimulated through acupuncture, it can help to reduce pain and trigger the body’s natural healing mechanisms. Acupuncture is an all natural, minimally invasive and drug free approach to keeping your pet happy, healthy and whole.

How does acupuncture work?

According to ancient Chinese culture, there are more than 170 acupoints on the body of the average animal. Each of these points correlates to an area within the body, such as a muscle group, joint or internal organ. When acupuncture needles are gently inserted into these points, the body responds by releasing its natural healing and pain-relief hormones in the targeted area. For conditions that are causing pain and mobility issues, acupuncture can provide a marked improvement across the board.

What conditions can veterinary acupuncture treat?

At BlueSky Veterinary Center, we use acupuncture to treat and manage a wide variety of ailments, including, but not limited to:

  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Disc Disease
  • Joint Problems
  • Muscle Soreness
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Gastrointestinal Problems
  • Asthma
  • Hyper/Hypothyroidism
  • Dermatological Conditions
  • Behavioral Problems
  • Geriatric Support
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Disease Prevention

Does acupuncture hurt?

When it’s performed by a qualified practitioner, acupuncture is virtually painless to most animals. In fact, some pets find the process relaxing enough to fall asleep during a session. Sedation is not necessary, nor is it recommended for acupuncture sessions, as it could interfere with and counteract the effects of the treatment.

How long are sessions and how many will my pet need?

Every animal is unique, and therefore an individualized treatment plan is necessary for each patient. Once the doctor has evaluated your pet’s condition, you will be provided with a specific treatment plan recommendation, which will indicate how many sessions we believe will be necessary for your pet to achieve optimum results. Session lengths may vary between 20 and 60 minutes or more, based on the condition being treated and its severity. Personalized Acupuncture Packages are available to help reduce the cost of total treatment.

Not sure about whether acupuncture is a good option for your pet? Still have questions or concerns? We encourage you to chat with us to see if this age-old practice could help your loved one live a better life.

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