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How Veterinary Acupuncture Helps With Pain Management

When your pet is recovering from an injury or surgery, we can discuss different types of pain management options, from medications to more hands-on therapies. Our vets in Turlock talk about veterinary acupuncture and how it can reduce your pet's pain and make their recovery more comfortable.

What is veterinary acupuncture?

In Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), acupuncture is used to enhance the healing process in cats and dogs by restoring energy balance throughout the body.

It aims for TCVM-trained veterinary professionals to practice acupuncture for pets to treat and manage the symptoms of diseases and disorders by inserting ultra-fine needles into specific points on the body where nerves and blood vessels intertwine.

TCVM, which also includes therapies other than acupuncture, can be combined with conventional veterinary care to offer a more holistic, whole-body approach to treating medical conditions in pets.

Animals at all stages of life, from puppies and kittens to adult and senior pets, can benefit from acupuncture treatment for a range of health problems. These treatments are considered a safe and effective therapy that can relieve the pain or discomfort associated with injury and illness.

What are the different types of pet acupuncture and how are they performed?

Acupuncture involves inserting tiny needles into an animal's body at precise points called meridians, where blood vessels converge with nerves.

The needles help guide vital energy along these meridians, supporting the nervous system and aiding circulation while enhancing the body's healing capacities.

The three main types of acupuncture used are:

Dry Needle: Dry needle acupuncture is the insertion of needles by themselves.

Electroacupuncture: Electroacupuncture attaches electrical leads to specific acupuncture needles to stimulate the points at varying intensities and frequencies.

Aquapuncture: If your pet has aquapuncture, the specialist will inject the acupuncture points with liquid solutions (typically saline, diluted vitamin B12, or Adequan).

At , we believe that by incorporating acupuncture into your pet's treatment plan and other therapies, we can help treat all of your pet's body systems. This allows us to ensure that your four-legged friend has the best possible outlook during their convalescence.

What are the benefits of animal acupuncture?

If you are looking to help manage your pet's pain while avoiding any side effects that can occur with traditional medicines and treatments, acupuncture may be a good option. Some of the typical benefits that a pet may experience with acupuncture are:

  • Stimulating the release of endorphins, which are the body's natural pain relievers and anti-inflammatory substances.
  • There are no negative side effects on internal organs, as can occur with some prescription medications.
  • There are no adverse interactions with other medications or supplements, making acupuncture safe for animals undergoing conventional treatments.
  • Acupuncture treatments are believed to create elevated blood flow, increased oxygenation, and improved metabolic and toxic waste removal.
  • Localized pain relief may be achieved at the site of needle insertion due to the relaxation of the muscles in that area.

How can acupuncture be used as part of a complete treatment plan?

Before your pet begins a treatment plan that includes veterinary acupuncture, your veterinarian will perform a thorough examination and diagnostics to ensure that acupuncture will be beneficial to your pet's healing.

Acupuncture can be used alone or as part of a comprehensive treatment plan to reduce acute or chronic pain. The frequency of acupuncture sessions will vary depending on the particular circumstances of your pet's rehabilitation program.

If you have any questions about acupuncture or whether it might be a good option for your dog or cat, please don't hesitate to speak to one of our veterinary team.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Is your dog or cat recovering from injury or surgery and needing pain management? Contact our Turlock vets today to ask about cat and dog acupuncture.

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