Acupuncture for Healing & Recovery Support
Acupuncture is a form of ancient medicine that is based on the philosophy that illness is caused by an imbalance of vital energies in the body.
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.
Acupuncture helps by improving blood flow, which boosts oxygenation in tissues. At South Novato Animal Hospital we feel that we can obtain the best results by using acupuncture for cats and dogs as a supplement to medical therapy to help restore your pet's health and vitality.
The Acupuncture Technique
Acupuncture comprises of tiny needles that are inserted into an animal's body at precise points called meridians, where the blood vessels converge with the nerves. These needles help to guide vital energy along the meridians helping to support the nervous system, promote circulation and enhance the body's healing abilities.
Common Acupuncture Uses
Our vets usually recommend using cat and dog acupuncture or other types of Chinese medicine for the following veterinary issues :
- Pain Management
Medical treatments like chemotherapy can make your pet fell very uncomfortable . These procedures will often be combined with acupuncture to help relieve some discomfort in your furry friend, helping them fight their illness.
- Musculoskeletal Issues
Acupuncture is often used to help assist injury rehabilitation. Conditions including arthritis, nerve injuries and hip dysplasia also usually respond well to acupuncture therapy.
- Dermatology & Skin Issues
Acupuncture treatment can help to increase circulation and works to assist hot spots, granulomas and allergic dermatitis. It could also improve healing and reduce pain, helping to create less itching and subsequent over-grooming.
- Gastrointestinal Issues
Acupuncture could stimulate digestive secretions, which helps promote healthy digestive activity. Conditions such like diarrhea and nausea could also benefit from an increased blood flow.
- Respiratory Issues
The anti-inflammatory and immune-calming powers of acupuncture treatment can help improve allergies, asthma and other conditions.
The benefits of pet acupuncture include:
- Helps relax muscles and relieve pain
- Lowers the amount of waste products produced
- Improves metabolic waste removal from the body
- Promotes an increased blood flow which boosts oxygen in tissues
- Pets in poor health will benefit from the lack of systemic side effects