Acupuncture is a treatment modality that has long been in use in alternative human medicine and is also used in animals as part of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) practice. Although fairly new in western medical practices, TCVM has been used to treat animals for over two millennia in China. Like other types of medical knowledge, TCVM continues to evolve and improve and many of the principles are now being researched with modern scientific methodology. Acupuncture can provide pain relief and promote healing in pets with a variety of health conditions. Many of these treatments are research-supported and used by well-known human and veterinary medical facilities around the country. Dr. Frederick became certified in veterinary acupuncture through the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture uses a variety of strategies including needles, injections, and electrical and laser energy to stimulate specific “acupoints” on the body. These points are often closely associated with capillary beds and nerve tracks. There are physiological effects including increased endorphin and serotonin release as well as local direct analgesic effects.
What Does Acupuncture Treat?
Acupuncture can be used as a treatment for a variety of conditions including:
- Acute and Chronic diarrhea/vomiting
- Acute and Chronic neurologic disease
- Acute pain/inflammatory/infection conditions
- Allergic disease
- Chronic arthritis/degenerative joint disease, back pain, neck pain
- Eye cases
- Intervertebral Disk Disease
- Non-healing wounds
- Other chronic disease (CRF, liver failure, heart failure, diabetes, Cushings, thyroid disease)
- Phobias/behavior problems
- Reproduction/fertility problems
How Many Sessions Are Needed?
For most patients, three sessions of acupuncture are completed before we are able to fully evaluate the effect it has had on your pet’s condition. Each pet and each condition will be different so evaluation and assessment is a key part of the process. For some pets who need more drastic care, they may need sessions more often (several times per week) while pets with chronic conditions often have their treatments spaced out.
If you have questions about acupuncture and other integrative medicine therapies, we encourage you to contact our team for more information or schedule a consultation with Dr. Frederick. We look forward to meeting with you and getting your pet back on the road to good health.