Treatment for Healing & Recovery Support
In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture treatment is used as a way to encourage the healing process. This method has now been tailored to cats and dogs to renew the balance of energy throughout their body.
This ancient form of medicine is based on the philosophy that illness is caused by an imbalance of vital energies in the body. Its application in modern medicine is that it increases blood flow, which boosts oxygenation in tissues.
At Voorhees Veterinary Center, we feel that we can obtain the best results by using acupuncture as a supplement to medical therapy. Combining acupuncture with other treatments can offer additional chances at restoring your pet's health and vitality. Acupuncture can be used to augment healing from injuries and surgery.
The Acupuncture Technique
Acupuncture involves inserting tiny needles into an animal's body at precise points called meridians, where the blood vessels converge with the nerves. The needles help guide vital energy along these meridians, supporting the nervous system and promoting circulation while enhancing the body's healing abilities.
Common Acupuncture Uses
Our vets may recommend the use of acupuncture or other types of therapeutic medicine for a number of issues, including:
Dermatology & Skin Issues
Acupuncture treatment can help encourage increased circulation, which can help hot spots, granulomas and allergic dermatitis. It can also improve healing and reduce pain, leading to less itching and subsequent over-grooming.
Acupuncture may stimulate digestive secretions, which helps to promote healthy digestive activity. Conditions such as diarrhea or nausea may benefit from increased blood flow.
Acupuncture can often be used for injury rehabilitation. Conditions such as arthritis, nerve injuries and hip dysplasia also tend to respond well to acupuncture.
Medical treatments such as chemotherapy can feel very uncomfortable for your pet. They will often be combined with acupuncture in an effort to relieve some discomfort, helping your cat or dog to fight their illness.
The immune-calming and anti-inflammatory capabilities of acupuncture treatment can improve asthma, allergies and other conditions.
Acupuncture for pets provides a number of benefits, including:
- Promotes an increased blood flow, which boosts oxygen in tissues
- Lacks systemic side effects
- Lowers the amount of waste products produced
- Helps relax muscles and relieve pain
- Improves metabolic waste removal from the body