What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a helpful ancient therapy scientifically proven to help animals. It is a part of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, which has a focus on promoting healing and restoring a balance of energy to your pet.
For Pet Owners
Are you wondering if acupuncture can help your pet? Sometimes we need more information and a little guidance while deciding the next best step for our family members.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical practice, and scientific studies in Western medicine have repeatedly shown its benefit in various illnesses and keeping patients healthy.
Dr. Steers offers telemedicine consultation sessions to discuss your pet, the types of acupuncture, and whether acupuncture is something to consider at this time.
Please contact her at her practice in Wellington, FL – Alma Vet Connection, to schedule either an in-person or telemedicine appointment.
Are you looking for new ways to care for your patients?
Dr. Steers is happy to welcome referrals from her fellow veterinarians for acupuncture services. This treatment modality is commonly used for chronic issues, such as arthritis and palliative care. It can also help patients with surgical procedures, acute back injuries, and sudden illnesses. Dr. Steers sees being part of a team effort to bring both Western and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine to mutual patients as another way to help her colleagues provide the best care to their patients.
Feel free to contact her if you wish to discuss further. She is also happy to arrange an educational talk for your practice staff!
Do You Know How Acupuncture Works?
Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine metal needles into specific points on the body to treat or prevent disease. Acupuncture therapy has been used for over 3000 years on people and has been effectively treating pets of all shapes and sizes for the last few decades. We tailor your pet’s acupuncture treatment after a comprehensive physical exam, detailed history, and an assessment of neurological and musculoskeletal systems.
In traditional Chinese medicine, disease is believed to be caused by an imbalance or disharmony in the external forces (or life energy—“Qi”) at work on the body. By identifying these imbalances, a pet’s overall well-being can be restored.
With veterinary acupuncture, small needles are inserted into the skin at specific points where life energy is believed to flow. When stimulated, these different acupuncture points cause specific effects on the body.
Most pets feel no pain during the placement of the acupuncture needles because they are so small. In fact, many pets become relaxed during treatments and can even fall asleep.
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has recognized acupuncture as a valid treatment modality. It can be used to treat specific conditions, and it can be used to help prevent health problems from occurring. Through modern studies involving advanced imaging techniques, acupuncture’s physiological effects have been proven. Since acupuncture does not involve medications that need to be metabolized, it can be safely performed in almost all pets, even those with liver and kidney disease.
Benefits of Acupuncture
Acupuncture can be used in conjunction with other therapies to treat a variety of medical conditions, including:
- Nausea, decreased appetite, and other gastrointestinal problems caused by metabolic diseases and cancers
- Pain and inflammation due to degenerative joint disease, traumatic injuries, or intervertebral disc disease
- Skin conditions
- Respiratory problems associated with feline asthma
Pets who undergo acupuncture may experience:
- Decreased inflammation
- Improved circulation
- Pain relief due to a release of hormones
- Relief of muscle spasms
- Nerve stimulation
Potential Side Effects
A good acupuncture session can be like an intense workout, and the physiological changes can make your pet’s health condition seem worse for up to 48 hours afterward. Some pets may experience drowsiness or lethargy for the first day after an acupuncture treatment. In all cases, the body is starting to respond before you may even realize it!