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Acupuncture for pets is a safe and effective complementary therapy that can provide numerous benefits for your furry companions. It involves stimulating specific points on the body with either thin, sterile needles or therapeutic laser to trigger the body’s natural healing abilities and restore balance for overall well-being. This ancient practice has been adapted for veterinary medicine and is now widely used to treat various conditions in animals.

Acupuncture works by promoting the flow of energy, known as Qi, throughout your pet’s body. By stimulating specific acupuncture points, it helps to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and improve circulation. This can be especially beneficial for pets suffering from back pain or musculoskeletal issues, such as arthritis or joint injuries. Additionally, acupuncture can aid in managing chronic conditions like gastrointestinal disorders, respiratory problems, and even behavioral issues.

During an acupuncture session, your pet will typically experience a sense of relaxation and calmness. Most animals tolerate the treatment well and may even become visibly relaxed during the session. The duration and frequency of treatments will depend on your pet’s specific condition and response to acupuncture.   At Cat & Dog Hospital, therapeutic laser is also incorporated during the session for additional benefit. Prior to treatment, we thoroughly assess your pet’s needs and create a tailored treatment plan to ensure the best possible outcome.

Please note that acupuncture should always be performed by a licensed veterinarian who has received specialized training in veterinary acupuncture. Certified in 2006, Dr Woodside has been using acupuncture as a component of treating her patients and she is excited to bring this valuable therapy to Cat & Dog Hospital. She is dedicated to providing high-quality care for your beloved pets, and acupuncture is just one of the many services we offer to enhance their overall health and well-being.

Call today to schedule an acupuncture visit or if you have any questions!