Pet Acupuncture in Sparks Area

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is defined as the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to cause a desired healing effect. This technique has been used in veterinary practice in China for at least 3000 years to treat many ailments. Acupuncture can assist the body to heal itself by affecting certain physiological changes. Acupuncture stimulates nerves, increases blood circulation, and signals the release of hormones, such as endorphins (one of the body’s pain control chemicals) and cortisol (a natural steroid).

Can my pet benefit from acupuncture?

Acupuncture is indicated for many conditions such as joint or muscle pain, paralysis, internal organ dysfunction, allergies or other inflammatory conditions, and anxiety.

What will my pet feel during an acupuncture treatment?

Like humans, most dogs and cats feel very relaxed simply because of the release of endorphins soon after the first acupuncture needle is inserted. They may experience a brief moment of sensitivity as the needle penetrates the skin in certain sensitive areas. Once, the needles are in place, however, most animals relax and, often times, they fall asleep during treatment. Some pets with high levels of anxiety or fear may take longer to reach a relaxed state but often become more relaxed with subsequent treatments.

Is acupuncture safe for dogs and cats?

Acupuncture is one of the safest forms of medical treatment for animals when it is administered by a properly trained veterinarian. Side effects of acupuncture are rare, but they do exist. Your pet’s condition may seem worse for up to 48 hours after a treatment. Other animals may become sleepy or lethargic for 24 hours after acupuncture. These effects are an indication that some physiological changes are developing, and they are most often followed by an improvement in your pet’s condition.

How often does my dog or cat need a treatment, and how long do they last?

The length and frequency of acupuncture treatments depend on the condition of the patient and the method of stimulation that is used by us. Stimulation of an individual acupuncture point may take as little as 10 seconds or as much as 30 minutes. A simple acute problem, such as a sprain, may require only one treatment, whereas more severe or chronic ailments may need several or several dozen treatments. When multiple treatments are necessary, they usually begin intensively and are tapered to maximum efficiency. Patients often start with 1-3 treatments per week for 4-6 weeks. A positive response is usually seen after the first to third treatments. Once a maximum positive response is achieved (usually after 4-8 treatments), treatments are tapered so the greatest amount of symptom-free time elapses between them.