Our Tucson Veterinary Team Provides Acupuncture for Pets
Acupuncture is an ancient Eastern healing technique used to help humans heal from a range of physical and even mental health conditions. What you may not realize is that acupuncture is also a valuable alternative medicine technique for pets! At Ina Road Animal Hospital in Tucson, AZ, our full-service veterinary clinic proudly offers acupuncture for pets who may be dealing with any number of health issues. Keep reading to learn more about how this treatment can be an excellent addition to your pet's wellness plan.
What Is Acupuncture?
As mentioned, acupuncture is an ancient healing technique originating within traditional Chinese medicine. It involves the insertion of thin sterile needles into the skin along various points in the body. This is done by a skilled practitioner. Traditionally, acupuncture was thought to help restore the healthy balance of a creature's energetic life flow (called "chi" or "qi"). More recent explorations of acupuncture suggest that the practice may stimulate the nervous system in such a way as to alleviate pain and trigger a variety of biochemical and hormonal changes in the body that promote healing, anti-inflammation, circulation, and pain relief.
How Acupuncture Can Help Your Animal
Even if acupuncture isn't fully understood medically, studies and individual experiences do show that it works! Acupuncture for use in cats, dogs, and other animals is increasing in popularity and is shown to be safe and effective for pets dealing with conditions such as:
- Orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions, like pain, scar tissue, or joint problems
- Neurological problems like paralysis
- Skin problems like allergic dermatitis
- Respiratory problems
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Certain reproductive problems
- Certain behavioral problems like anxiety
The great thing about acupuncture is that it's low-risk, well-tolerated, and safe for both large and small animals.
What to Expect During an Acupuncture Session with Our Tucson Vet Team
Our Tucson vet team will work closely with you and your animal to decide the best course of treatment. If acupuncture is determined to be a good addition to the plan, we'll keep your pet in a comfortable and relaxing position while gently inserting the needles into the target treatment area. A typical treatment lasts about 20 to 30 minutes.
Do You Want to Help Your Pet Happy and Healthy? Call Our Animal Urgent Care Clinic
If you're looking for a new way to boost your pet's well-being, contact Ina Road Animal Hospital at (520) 544-7700 to schedule a pet exam with our Tucson veterinarian. We provide far more than just emergency veterinary services for your four-legged friends. Call today!