Could Pet Acupuncture Be The Treatment Your Pet Needs?

by | Mar 10, 2023 | Blog

Using acupuncture to treat humans is a common practice and one that has been well-researched and documented. However, more and more people are turning to specialized vets, those training in veterinary acupuncture, to treat a variety of issues with both small pets as well as large animals. Pet acupuncture provides another possible option for the treatment of many common problems as well as chronic health issues found in pets.

Conditions That Acupuncture Helps

It is essential to choose only a veterinarian offering pet acupuncture that is fully trained and licensed. This means that the vet is certified through a recognized organization such as the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and the Chi Institute TCVM. This specialized training ensures that the procedure is completed safely and correctly and used only in cases where it is indicated.

Your vet will determine if pet acupuncture is a good option for your companion pet. In general, the procedure is used for issues such as:

  • Improving respiratory functioning in the case of asthma or chronic respiratory problems
  • Balancing digestive problems such as chronic diarrhea or constipation
  • Skin problems caused by allergies, hormonal imbalances, or other diseases
  • Arthritis relief and improving range of motion
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Recovery after trauma, especially with nerve injury and damage
  • Treatment of chronic diseases such as Cushing’s, diabetes, liver and kidney disease, and seizures

Pet Acupuncture Procedures

Acupuncture uses dry needles, aquapuncture, and other techniques to simulate nerves and increase blood flow to specific areas of the body. In Chinese medicine it restores the energy flow through the body, the Qi or Chi, and restores the natural harmony of the body, relieving the symptoms.

The procedure, depending on the acupuncture method used, can include the insertion of small needles, which is virtually painless for the pet, to stimulate specific points on the body. The stimulation triggers the body’s natural healing mechanism and provides relief from the problematic symptoms as well as addressing the root cause.

For older pets moxibustion, with includes the use of heat and specific Chinese herbal compounds, can be used with traditional pet acupuncture needles. Your vet will discuss the options that you have to consider and you can then make an informed decision as to what is the best option for your pet.