The Benefits of Acupuncture Therapy for Pets
Acupuncture is a natural treatment that can be used to help manage pain in people with muscle and joint aches, or with chronic conditions like arthritis or sciatica. It has been in practice in China for thousands of years and it is now gaining popularity for its use in pets. An acupuncture treatment is the process of inserting very small needles into important points on the body. The needles are inserted near bundles of nerves and blood vessels and are thought to help increase circulation and stimulate hormones to be released to correct any imbalances that may be present and contributing to pain. This article will discuss the benefits of acupuncture treatment in pets, any side effects, and what conditions would make acupuncture a healthy option for your pet.
Conditions that Benefit from Acupuncture Treatment
Acupuncture therapy is typically used when more traditional treatments aren’t alleviating your pet’s condition. However, as this treatment method is gaining popularity, your vet may recommend this method alongside traditional treatment with medications. Acupuncture therapy has been known to reduce the pain level and symptoms of these common problems in your pet:
- Hip dysplasia
- Muscle strain
- Geriatric pain
- Degenerative disk disease
- Reproductive disorders and more
Benefits of Acupuncture Therapy
While not all pets will respond to acupuncture therapy, the majority of pets who have had acupuncture treatment show improvement in the signs and symptoms of their health issues, sometimes in as little as one treatment. This therapy option can benefit your pet in a few ways. The benefits include:
- Improved blood flow
- Improved range of motion
- Decreased inflammation and swelling
- Relax strained or spasming muscles
- Encourage hormones to be released
Side Effects of Acupuncture Therapy in Your Pet
Any time you try a new therapy or treatment, there is a possibility of side effects and acupuncture therapy is no different. There are very few negative side effects associated with this therapy, but a few possible side effects sometimes experienced after treatment are:
- Temporary increase in soreness or stiffness after the initial treatment
- Your pet could feel sleepy for up to 24 hours after treatment
- Your pet could also have reduced appetite for 24 hours or so
If your pet has had acupuncture therapy and is acting odd or you are concerned, you should consult your pet’s veterinarian or call the therapist who provided the treatment to see if how your pet is acting is normal post-treatment.
The price for this type of therapy can vary widely, but it all really depends on the severity of your pet’s condition. The more severe or advanced their issues are, the more visits they will need for you to see improvement. The cost per appointment or for the entire treatment can be discussed with your veterinarian or acupuncture therapist.
Acupuncture therapy has been around for over 2000 years because it is proven to work, and it works very well. This is a natural remedy that is really worth considering if your pet is having aches and pains or experiencing pain from chronic conditions. Acupuncture therapy can improve their quality of life and result in a happier and healthier pet.
If you’re interested in acupuncture or other alternative treatment methods for your pet in Wimberley, Dripping Springs, or the surrounding Texas areas, contact Dr. Ansley to discuss your needs.