For centuries, acupuncture has been used all over the world to treat health problems in both humans and animals. Palos Animal Hospital is pleased to offer this service, in addition to electroacupuncture, to our patients. Just like human acupuncture, pet acupuncture involves inserting needles into specific points on the body to stimulate healing and relieve pain. It can also increase blood circulation, release endorphins and other hormones, and relax muscles. Because acupuncture is an alternative, holistic treatment option, there is no need for sedation.
What Conditions Can Pet Acupuncture Treat?
Because of the many benefits of acupuncture for pets, it can be used as part of a treatment plan for a variety of conditions, including:
Does Pet Acupuncture Work?
The short answer is yes; most pets experience relief after their first treatment. The overall success rate of acupuncture treatment is dependent on the pet’s health, the condition being treated, and the number of treatments. Some conditions only require one treatment while others require more. Each treatment session can last anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes, and most patients are calm and relaxed during their treatments.
Is Your Pet a Candidate for Acupuncture?
To determine if your pet is a candidate for acupuncture, give us a call at 708-448-6600 to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Shepard. She will exam your pet and discuss their medical needs to determine if acupuncture is an appropriate treatment, or if other medical tests are needed. Consults can take up to 90 minutes. If acupuncture is a good treatment option for your pet, an appointment for the procedure can be scheduled. Dr. Shepard often will recommend alternative herbal supplements as part of your pet’s treatment plan.