Acupuncture for Dogs & Cats
In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is used as a way to promote the healing process for pets by renewing the balance of energy throughout their body.
This traditional medicine is based on the belief that illness is caused by an imbalance of vital energies in the body. In modern terms, acupuncture can help by increasing blood flow, which increases tissue oxygenation.
At Sturgis Veterinary Hospital & Equine Center, we feel that we can obtain the best results by using acupuncture as a supplement to medical therapy to help restore your pet's health and vitality.
Acupuncture Technique & Benefits
Acupuncture involves inserting tiny needles into an animal's body at precise points called meridians, where the blood vessels converge with the nerves. The needles help guide vital energy along these meridians, supporting the nervous system and promoting circulation while enhancing the body's healing abilities.
Acupuncture for pets provides several benefits, including:
- Pets in poor health will benefit from the lack of systemic side effects
- Lowers the number of waste products produced
- Helps relax muscles and relieve pain
- Improves metabolic waste removal from the body
- Promotes an increased blood flow which boosts oxygen in tissues
Common Uses for Acupuncture
Acupuncture or other forms of Chinese medicine are frequently recommended by our veterinarians for a variety of issues, including:
Dermatology & Skin Issues
Acupuncture treatment can help encourage increased circulation, which can help with hot spots, granulomas, and allergic dermatitis. It can also improve healing and reduce pain, leading to less itching and subsequent over-grooming.
Acupuncture may stimulate digestive secretions, which helps to promote healthy digestive activity. Conditions such as diarrhea or nausea may benefit from increased blood flow.
Acupuncture can often be used for injury rehabilitation. Conditions such as arthritis, nerve injuries, and hip dysplasia also tend to respond well to acupuncture.
Medical treatments such as chemotherapy can feel very uncomfortable for your pet. They will often be combined with acupuncture in an effort to relieve some discomfort, helping your cat or dog to fight their illness.
The immune-calming and anti-inflammatory capabilities of acupuncture treatment can improve asthma, allergies, and other conditions.