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Can acupuncture help my pet feel better?

Thanks to modern medicine, pet owners now have access to newer and less invasive options to provide pain relief and care for their pets. Pet acupuncture is a safe treatment that offers numerous benefits for cats and dogs. Our vets in Franklin share insights on how acupuncture can help your pet and what you can expect during the process.

Pet Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM)

Acupuncture is a treatment originating from China that has been used for centuries to relieve all types of bodily pain and host illnesses in humans. In our modern day, veterinarians are being trained in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) in order to offer Acupuncture treatment that is not just limited to human patients anymore. It is now available for pets as well.

The aim of acupuncture for pets is to manage and treat the symptoms of illnesses. The procedure involves inserting ultra-thin needles into specific points on the animal's body where nerves and blood vessels intersect. Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) can be combined with traditional veterinary care to provide a full-body approach to treating animals with illnesses.

Pets of any age, from puppies and kittens to adult and senior pets, can undergo acupuncture treatment for various health conditions. Acupuncture for cats and dogs is considered a safe and effective therapy that may relieve the pain or discomfort associated with injury and illness.

What Happens During A Pet Acupuncture Treatment Session?

Before starting acupuncture treatment, the veterinarian must identify the source of your pet's pain. Once the underlying cause of their symptoms is determined, the treatment can be tailored to address their specific health problem.

The primary goal of pet acupuncture is to assist the animal's body in healing itself by restoring the balance of energy, known as "chi." This is achieved by inserting one or more fine needles into specific points on the animal's body where blood vessels and nerves intersect. This process is almost painless and stimulates the release of endorphins, relieving some of the most persistent pain.

Furthermore, it is believed that the acupuncture process has a positive effect on mental health by promoting the release of serotonin, which can reduce your pet's anxiety levels and generate a sense of happiness.

What Are The Benefits of Acupuncture For Pets?

Veterinary acupuncture brings several advantages, such as:

  • Stimulating the release of endorphins, which are the body's natural pain relievers, and anti-inflammatory substances.
  • There are no negative side effects on internal organs, as can occur with some prescription medications.
  • There are no adverse interactions with other medications or supplements, making acupuncture safe for animals undergoing conventional treatments.
  • Acupuncture treatments are believed to create high blood flow, increased oxygenation, and improved metabolic and toxic waste removal.
  • Localized pain relief may be achieved at the site of needle insertion due to the relaxation of the muscles in that area.

What Conditions Can Pet Acupuncture Help Treat?

Veterinary acupuncture can be used to help treat a range of health issues involving inflammation or chronic pain. Below are some of the conditions that can be treated with acupuncture: 

  1. Metabolic Diseases. Acupuncture is thought to aid in managing metabolic disorders by regulating your pet's endocrine system. This therapy also enhances digestion and relieves oxidative stress. The treatment aims to improve blood flow to the tissues, thereby increasing oxygenation and eliminating toxins and metabolic waste.
  2. Arthritis. Arthritis in pets causes pain and discomfort, which can be alleviated by acupuncture. This is because acupuncture releases endorphins that help reduce pain. Sometimes, acupuncture can even reduce the need for traditional pain medications. Pets who cannot tolerate standard pain medications can also benefit from acupuncture for pain relief.
  3. Degenerative Joint Disease. Joint disease is common in pets and can seriously impact your pet's quality of life. Acupuncture aims to decrease the pain and tension associated with joint issues, making movement more accessible for your cat or dog.
  4. Cancer. When used as a cancer treatment for pets, veterinary acupuncture aims to stimulate blood flow and support the immune system. The goal is to improve the body's natural ability to heal itself. Additionally, animal acupuncture can relieve the side effects of conventional cancer treatments.
  5. Trauma. If your pet has suffered from an injury or trauma, such as an accident, fall, or fight, it may lead to inflammation and pain. However, acupuncture and other traditional Chinese veterinary medicines can effectively treat these symptoms and aid in the recovery process, helping your pet to return to good health.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Are you curious about veterinary acupuncture? Contact our vets in Franklin today. We can explain all the benefits of veterinary acupuncture.

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