Veterinary acupuncture has been gaining traction in the Western world over the last few decades. Increased awareness about animal welfare and advancements in veterinary medicine have led to the integration of alternative treatments like acupuncture into mainstream pet healthcare. True Animal Vet, located in The Woodlands, TX, is proud to offer this service from Dr. Charity Stone, CVA (Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist). As a pet owner, you may be wondering what conditions can be treated with veterinary acupuncture. The list is extensive and includes everything from musculoskeletal problems like arthritis and trauma, to skin problems, respiratory issues, and gastrointestinal disorders to name a few.
Pet pain can be acute or chronic and can stem from various causes. It may be the result of injury, surgery, disease, or aging. One thing is true in all cases – pet pain is distressing, not just for the pet, but also for the pet owner. As pet owners, we want nothing more than to alleviate our pets' discomfort and ensure their well-being.
Recognizing pet pain can be challenging. Animals have an instinctual tendency to hide their pain as a survival mechanism. It is crucial to know your pet well and observe any changes in behavior. Decreased activity, changes in posture, loss of appetite, aggression, and excessive grooming can all be signs of discomfort in your pet.
Addressing pet pain requires a multi-faceted approach. This includes not only medication but also lifestyle changes and alternative therapies.
Veterinary acupuncture has shown promising results in managing pet pain. It has been used to treat a wide range of conditions, from post-operative pain to chronic conditions like arthritis. The goal of veterinary acupuncture in pet pain management is not only to alleviate pain but also to promote healing and improve quality of life.
When traditional pain management methods are not enough, or when they come with unwanted side effects, veterinary acupuncture can provide a safe and effective alternative. It is a noninvasive procedure and when performed by a trained professional, carries minimal risk.
As veterinarians, we understand there is a balance between Western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. Both practices promote health and manage disease, but with Chinese medicine we are more concerned about the imbalance in the body. Using Eastern terminology, a “disturbance of energy flow" creates disease in the whole body. We utilize meridians, a line of acupuncture points that serve as a line of communication throughout the body. By inserting needles in specific points, we produce a healing response and homeostasis (balance) of the body. There are believed to be other physiologic benefits that improve a patient’s condition when treated with acupuncture.
There are numerous benefits of acupuncture for pets. First and foremost, it provides a noninvasive, safe, and effective means of pet pain management. Acupuncture can be beneficial for those patients that do not tolerate certain medications.
Additionally, it can help to reduce inflammation, improve mobility in pets with musculoskeletal issues, stimulate the immune system, and promote overall wellbeing. For pets with chronic conditions, regular acupuncture sessions may significantly improve their quality of life. Effects may be seen immediately or within a few days. Often patients with chronic disease will need multiple treatments, anywhere from 3-7 treatments before you see a change. These benefits can be enhanced when Eastern and Western modalities are combined, meaning both alternative and traditional medical therapies can complement one another.
As pet owners, it is up to us to stay informed about these developments and to advocate for the best possible care for our pets. After all, they depend on us for their well-being. And when it comes to managing pet pain, veterinary acupuncture offers a promising and powerful tool in our arsenal.
For additional insights on veterinary acupuncture and pain management, connect with Dr. Charity Stone, CVA at True Animal Vet. Our clinic is conveniently located in the heart of The Woodlands, Texas. We deliver the highest quality of modern veterinary medicine to your furry friends along with friendly, compassionate, and professional care. Schedule a consultation by calling us at 281-867-5968 or registering online and booking an appointment today.