Acupuncture, an ancient form of medicine that originated in China, involves the insertion of needles at specific points in the body to prevent and treat disease. Stimulation of these acupuncture points can influence the central nervous system to balance hormones, improve circulation, stimulate tissue repair, relieve pain and muscle spasm, regulate breathing and blood pressure, and relax the body and mind. This is a preventative form of health care, in which the ultimate goal is to identify and treat diseases before they result in symptoms. Enabling the body to heal itself without the intervention of drugs or surgery results in a holistic approach to health and wellness.
Common conditions treated with acupuncture include:
- Musculoskeletal pain from arthritis, hip dysplasia, muscle, tendon and ligament injuries, and TMJ problems
- Neurologic disorders such as intervertebral disc disease, paralysis from nerve compression, vestibular syndrome, wobbler’s disease, and epilepsy
- Organ dysfunction including liver disease, renal failure, inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis, urinary incontinence, and respiratory disease
- And as an aide to healing after surgery, for wounds, and other trauma
At Pewaukee Veterinary Service, our veterinary acupuncturist will need to examine your pet prior to determining the best course of treatment. Typically, weekly visits are needed to procure the best outcomes, but each patient will be re-evaluated and an individualized plan developed based on your pet’s response. If you are interested in Veterinary Acupuncture for your pet, or would like to learn more, please call us to schedule a consultation.