Acupuncture for dogs is a safe and effective method of treatment that works in conjunction with traditional veterinary medicine to treat many health conditions. With veterinary acupuncture, negative side effects are highly uncommon, and the majority of our patients undergo treatment successfully. The process is quite therapeutic and relaxing for pets due to the release of serotonin and endorphins, and is a low-stress treatment for many veterinary medical conditions.
How Does It Work?
Acupuncture needles are inserted into various acupuncture points where nerve tissue bundles and blood vessels meet. By stimulating a nerve at an acupuncture point, the nerve fibers dilate blood vessels, increasing blood supply to the area. This releases chemical substances that work to repair the animal’s damaged tissue.
The goal of acupuncture is to correct physical imbalances by encouraging the circulation of blood throughout the body and stimulating the nervous system. Acupuncture also releases pain relieving hormones such as serotonin which creates a significant reduction in pain sensation.
Will My Dog Benefit from Acupuncture?
Acupuncture can help treat many health conditions your pet may be experiencing including chronic and acute pain, soft tissue injuries, neck and back pain, arthritis, seizures, intervertebral disk disease, nerve injuries/paralysis, general weakness, and behavioral problems. Please speak with one of our veterinarians to discuss treatment options for your dog’s condition.
How Many Treatments Will My Dog Need?
Your pet’s medical history and current condition will determine the number of treatments your pet may need before there is noticeable improvement. Acupuncture is a complementary procedure and works best in combination with traditional veterinary medicine. Typically, your pet will begin with more frequent treatments and begin to require fewer sessions before their condition has improved.
For more information about our acupuncture services and whether acupuncture may be right for your dog, please call us today at (310) 645-4444.