Acupuncture to Heal
Acupuncture is used as way to support the healing process for pets by renewing the balance of energy in the body.
This ancient form of Chinese medicine is built on the philosophy that an imbalance of vital energies in the body causes illness. In modern applications, acupuncture can help by improving blood flow, which boosts oxygenation.
Acupuncture treatments at Silver Springs Animal Clinic involve 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, enhancing the body's healing abilities.
Meet Our Veterinarian in Traditional Chinese Medicine
Veterinarian Pamela Datsko is passionate about offering acupuncture treatments for cats and dogs, as well as supporting and educating pet owners in making the right decisions to benefit their animal's health. Dr. Datsko can help you find the appropriate solution for your pet.
Common Acupuncture Uses
For many cats and dogs, acupuncture therapy can play a valuable role in their overall healthcare program. Supplementing conventional medical therapy with acupuncture may be helpful in restoring your pet's health and vitality. Our vets often recommend the use of acupuncture or other types of Chinese medicine for a number of issues, including:
- Pain Management
While medical treatments such as chemotherapy can treat cancer, they can feel very uncomfortable for your pet. These will often be combined with acupuncture in an effort to relieve some discomfort, helping your dog or cat to fight their illness.
- Musculoskeletal Issues
Injuries can often be rehabilitated with acupuncture. Conditions such as hip dysplasia, arthritis and nerve injuries also tend to respond well to acupuncture.
- Dermatology & Skin Issues
Acupuncture treatment can help promote increased circulation, which can help allergic dermatitis, hot spots and granulomas. It can also reduce pain and improve healing, leading to less itching and subsequent over-grooming.
- Gastrointestinal Issues
Acupuncture may stimulate digestive secretions, which helps to promote healthy digestive activity. Conditions such as diarrhea or nausea may benefit from increased blood flow.
- Respiratory Issues
The immune-calming and anti-inflammatory capabilities of acupuncture treatment can improve asthma, allergies and other conditions.
Pet acupuncture can be beneficial for cats and dogs in a number of ways, including:
- Being a potentially effective treatment without systemic side effects for pets in poor health
- Promoting an increased blood flow and circulation, which boosts oxygen in tissues
- Lowering the amount of waste products produced by the animal's body
- Improving metabolic waste removal from the pet's body
- Helping to relax the animal's muscles and relieve pain