Dogs, cats, and other pets of all stages of life suffering from pain and discomfort for a number of reasons can benefit from a treatment plan not often associated with animal healthcare: acupuncture. This treatment procedure is also known as veterinary acupuncture. At Ina Road Animal Hospital in Tucson, AZ, our veterinarian will diagnose your pet’s condition and explain whether or not acupuncture is a valid treatment option.
First, a quick overview of what pet acupuncture is, and when and how it might help your four-legged loved one stay healthy and free of pain.
What Is Pet Acupuncture?
If you understand acupuncture as an alternative treatment for humans, the practice is no different when performed by a veterinarian. In either case, it involves needles being painlessly inserted into various points of the body to stimulate the relief of pain and discomfort, and to spur on healing.
Acupuncture has been an accepted component of Chinese medicine for more than 2,000 years. It’s become better understood and gained acceptance by Western medicine in more recent times. Today, it’s recognized as a valid treatment option for various ailments.
Whether the patient is human or animal, acupuncture is used to increase blood flow, soothe muscle spasms, stimulate affected nerves, and trigger the release of endorphins and chemicals that can help the body heal.
How Can This Treatment Help My Pet?
Pet acupuncture helps an animal generate its own pain-relieving physiological response. As a result, it can bring relief to large and small animals suffering from conditions ranging from musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, and neurological problems, to skin disorders and such respiratory issues as asthma. Pet acupuncture has also been used effectively in preventative healthcare for animals.
A veterinarian with specialized training and experience in veterinary acupuncture will recognize when the procedure might be right for your pet.
Contact Us for an Appointment and to Learn More about Pet Acupuncture
Your pet is a member of your family, and as deserving of love, attention, and proper healthcare as anyone else. We’d love to meet your pet’s healthcare needs. In addition to providing the vaccines and routine physical exams that will keep your animal as healthy as possible for as long as possible, we can diagnose problems and tell you when acupuncture might be a viable treatment option.
To let us begin a fruitful healthcare relationship with your beloved pet, simply call or text Ina Road Animal Hospital in Tucson, AZ, for an appointment. You can reach us at (520) 544-7700.