Frequently Asked Questions about Pet Acupuncture at Branchburg Animal Hospital
If you're always looking for the most advanced forms of veterinary care for your pet, you might be surprised to learn that one of the most effective of these modalities is also one of the most ancient. Check out the answers to these frequently asked questions about pet acupuncture here at Branchburg Animal Hospital.
What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a technique of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in which needles are used to correct physical imbalances and ease pain or other symptoms. It is commonly prescribed alongside other forms of TCVM, such as herbal and food therapy. It can also complement Western forms of veterinary care.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
TCVM holds that acupuncture corrects disruptions in the body's flow of qi, or life energy, along established pathways known as meridians. Since these disruptions are associated with pain and disease, the restoration of qi flow allows for natural pain management and more efficient healing.
Does Acupuncture Work on Pets as Well as Humans?
Pets can respond just as well as humans to acupuncture when this healing modality is administered by a skilled veterinary acupuncturist. In fact, the practice of pet acupuncture appears to have been popular as far back as 3000 B.C. or earlier.
What Conditions Can Pet Acupuncture Treat?
Pet acupuncture can prove highly useful in the treatment of neurological, musculoskeletal, and chronic pain symptoms. It can also help treat many kinds of systemic disorders, from respiratory and digestive ailments to infections. It can even address behavioral disorders and enhance immune function to help a healthy pet remain well.
What Can I Expect When I Schedule Acupuncture for My Pet?
Your pet will first receive a detailed TCVM exam in which we identify the underlying disorder, and accompanying qi blockage related to his symptoms. We can then proceed with the first acupuncture session as long as your pet is a fit candidate for the procedure. Several acupuncture treatments may be necessary to achieve best results, with ongoing treatments being common for managing chronic conditions.
Is Acupuncture Painful for Pets?
Acupuncture is not painful, despite the use of multiple needles. The needles are too thin, and inserted at too shallow a depth to cause any significant discomfort. In fact, many pets find acupuncture such a relaxing and comforting procedure that they actually fall asleep during treatment.
Get More Acupuncture Answers from Your Branchburg Veterinarian
Dr. Derfuss will be more than happy to answer your questions about pet acupuncture. If you feel that your beloved pet might benefit from this time-tested form of treatment, call 908-707-0045 today!