Randhurst Animal Hospital now offers acupuncture for pets. Acupuncture is a very safe treatment for pets when performed by a properly trained veterinarian. Acupuncture is defined as the insertion of very tiny needles into specific points on your pet’s body to cause a desired healing effect. Acupuncture can stimulate nerves, increase blood circulation, relieve muscle spasm, and cause the release of hormones, such as endorphins (one of the body’s pain control chemicals) and cortisol (a natural steroid). We use acupuncture for pets to augument traditional veterinary medicine, and may recommend acupuncture for your pet to treat a variety of acute and chronic musculoskeletal and medical conditions, including arthritis, intervertebral disc disease, hip dysplasia, seizures, and dermatitis. Acupuncture also can be helpful for chronic pain management.
Side effects for pet acupuncture are extremely rare. The majority of our veterinary patients tolerate treatment very well and quite often become relaxed and sleepy during their treatment.
Acupuncture has been used in veterinary practice in China for at least 3000 years to treat many human ailments. Acupuncture is used all over the world, either by itself or in conjunction with Western medicine, to treat a wide variety of maladies in every species of domestic and exotic animals. Acupuncture is not a cure-all, but can work very well when it is indicated.Coming soon
Acupuncture points are located in areas of concentrated nerve bundles and/or in close proximity to major blood vessels which themselves are surrounded by a rich nerve supply. Placing a needle at these points creates both local and systemic (widespread) effects. Local effects include: stimulation of nerve fibers inducing reactions that modulate pain signaling from the local area, dilation of blood vessels increasing blood supply to the area, and release of chemical substances that can work to repair damaged tissue. Stimulating a nerve at an acupuncture point will also affect the spinal cord segments from which the nerve originates. Often this will decrease the amount of pain signaling transmission that occurs through the local region. In some cases, other body structures whose nerve supply originates in this same spinal cord segment can be positively influenced. Finally, acupuncture has been demonstrated to cause increased serotonin and endorphin levels, creating a widespread reduction in pain sensation.
The number of each acupuncture treatments your pet may need depends upon your pets unique health condition. Acupuncture usually does not work alone. A combination of acupuncture techniques, diet change or other treatments may be necessary to achieve the desired goal for your pet.
If you have any questions about acupuncture for pets, please give us a call. If you are interested in whether or not your pet would benefit from acupuncture, please schedule an appointment for your pet today!
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Randhurst Animal Hospital
212 East Rand Rd., Mt. Prospect, IL 60056
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