What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a 3,000 year old healing technique utilized in Traditional Chinese Medicine and it was introduced in the U.S. as a viable treatment option for humans within the past 20 years. Now this treatment option is also widely used in veterinary medicine as well and has been shown to be incredibly successful.

Acupuncture works by promoting self-healing through the stimulation of certain sites on the body, called acupoints or acupuncture points. The stimulation of these points is done with tiny, sterile needles inserted carefully into the skin, but can also be performed using other kinds of stimulation such as pressure (through massage), heat, or electrical impulses. At Stetson Hills Animal Hospital, we generally use needle therapy.

How Can Acupuncture Help My Pet?

When your pet is treated with acupuncture, they are being stimulated toward self-healing and will begin feeling better as a result of the treatment. For some pets, several treatments may be required, but for others, effects may be felt after just a single treatment! We can use acupuncture to stimulate healing for a variety of common conditions including:

  • Selective gastrointestinal problems
    • Diarrhea, constipation
  • Musculoskeletal problems
    • Arthritis, intervertebral disk disease and other painful conditions
  • Selective skin problems
    • Lick granulomas, allergies, dermatitis

If you pet suffers from these or another painful condition, we would love to talk with you about your pain management options. The Stetson Hills Animal Hospital team can conduct a consultation with you and your pet to determine if acupuncture is a possible treatment option for them. Contact us today to discuss your pet’s needs and let us help you get your pet back to feeling their best!