The ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture has helped countless individuals seeking alternative medicine to treat pain over the centuries. Recently, pet parents began turning to animal acupuncture to manage their pets’ pain. Always at the forefront of emerging treatments that benefit our patients, City by the Sea Veterinary Hospital provides pet natural therapy in the form of animal acupuncture at our Asbury Park, NJ animal hospital. While it may not be suitable for every pet or every situation, we do find pet acupuncture to be enjoyed – or at least tolerated – by many of our furry patients. Please contact us today to explore the many exciting advantages of alternative medicine for animals!
At City by the Sea Veterinary Hospital, we believe in taking a holistic approach with our comprehensive veterinary care. What this means is we examine the root causes for conditions to treat whatever’s ailing your animal directly at the source. Our goal is to provide the most effective treatment tailored to your pet. Acupuncture for dogs and cats is becoming more widely accepted in respected veterinary circles as a means to manage chronic pain. There’s an American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture with over 300 members and counting, as well as an International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) to establish guidelines for animal acupuncture as a complementary pain management procedure for cats and dogs. Technological advances in the field of pet acupuncture have even replaced traditional needles with lasers for a painless experience in many practitioners’ offices across the country.
Acupuncture is most commonly used to treat chronic pain and improve mobility. It may be beneficial for aging cats and dogs with musculoskeletal conditions, including arthritis, nerve injuries, or hip dysplasia. If your dog suffers from inflammatory allergic skin reactions, acupuncture may help by improving their blood circulation to promote healing. Acupuncture may also help pets with gastrointestinal disorders like diarrhea or nausea, as well as asthma and other respiratory issues. Animal acupuncture is not meant to replace other traditional therapies and treatments. Rather, it tends to work best when it’s used in tandem with other methods of treatment. The goal of animal acupuncture is to minimize pain and discomfort while strengthening your pet’s immune system, so your pet is better equipped to fight off illnesses. You should always discuss acupuncture and other recommended treatments thoroughly with your veterinarian to determine what’s best for you and your pet before making a final decision.
Traditional animal acupuncture involves inserting needles into specific parts of your pet’s body to stimulate blood circulation and the release of hormones to help correct system imbalances and alleviate pain. The number of needles and the suggested number of sessions will vary depending on your pet’s size and the severity of their ailment. When compared to other veterinary treatments, there are minimal side effects associated with animal acupuncture. In fact, many pet owners may be surprised to discover just how relaxed their pets become during acupuncture treatment. Just as some human patients report mild sensations of tingling or numbness during acupuncture treatments, some small animals may also experience these feelings and show signs of temporary discomfort.
Are you curious about how your pet would respond to animal acupuncture in Asbury Park, NJ? Contact City by the Sea Veterinary Hospital today to schedule an appointment. You may be pleasantly surprised by what alternative medicine for animals has to offer!