Acupuncture can support healing for pets with a range of illnesses or injuries.
This ancient form of Chinese medicine is based on the philosophy that illness is caused by an imbalance of the body's vital energies, and that this treatment can help rebalance those elements. In modern applications, acupuncture can help improve blood flow.
At Colonial Park Animal Clinic, acupuncture treatments involve inserting tiny needles into an animal's body at specific points we call meridians, where the blood vessels and nerves converge. The needles help guide energy along these meridians, enhancing the body's ability to heal itself.
Meet Our Veterinarian in Traditional Chinese Medicine
Veterinarian Dr. Pamela Datsko offers acupuncture treatments for our furry companions. She can also help you make the right decisions to benefit your pet's health, and identify appropriate solutions.
Common Acupuncture Uses
We believe medical therapy can be paired with acupuncture treatment to achieve the best outcomes and help restore your pet's health and vitality. Our vets often recommend acupuncture or other types of Chinese medicine for many issues, including:
- Pain Management
While medical treatments such as chemotherapy can treat cancer, they can feel very uncomfortable for your pet. These will often be combined with acupuncture in an effort to relive some discomfort, helping your dog or cat to fight their illness.
- Dermatology & Skin Issues
Acupuncture treatment can help promote increased circulation, which can help allergic dermatitis, hot spots and granulomas. It can also reduce pain and improve healing, leading to less itching and subsequent over-grooming.
- Gastrointestinal Issues
Acupuncture may stimulate digestive secretions, which helps to promote healthy digestive activity. Conditions such as diarrhea or nausea may benefit from increased blood flow.
- Musculoskeletal Issues
Injuries can often be rehabilitated with acupuncture. Conditions such as hip dysplasia, arthritis and nerve injuries also tend to respond well to acupuncture.
- Respiratory Issues
The immune-calming and anti-inflammatory capabilities of acupuncture treatment can improve asthma, allergies and other conditions.
Benefits of Veterinary Acupuncture
Acupuncture for pets offers many benefits, including:
- Helping to relax muscles and relieve pain
- Improving metabolic waste removal from the body
- Lowering the amount of waste products produced
- Promoting an increased blood flow and circulation, which boosts oxygen in tissues
- A lack of systemic side effects for pets in poor health