What is Veterinary Acupuncture?
Veterinary Acupuncture can be defined as the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to produce a healing response.
How does acupuncture work? Acupuncture works by the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body. The needles stimulate these specific points and produce a particular change in the central nervous system.
What can acupuncture be used to treat? Acupuncture, along with the use of food and herbal therapy, can be used for a wide array of health problems such as the following:
- Musculoskeletal problems, such as arthritis, inter-vertebral disk disease, and even traumatic nerve injury
- Gastrointestinal problems, such as diarrhea
- Reproductive Problems
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Skin Problems, such as lick granulomas and allergic dermatitis
- Respiratory Issues, such as asthma
Will acupuncture cure my pet? Acupuncture does not "cure" most conditions that it is used to treat. Most of the conditions that it is used to treat are chronic, which are seldom cured. Nonetheless, it can help to decrease the need for long term medication use, surgeries, and help to make the patient more comfortable.
Is acupuncture painful? Acupuncture utilizes very thin needles which makes the process virtually pain free. Once the needles are placed there should be no pain for your pet. In most cases the pet becomes very relaxed and may even fall asleep. However, the stimulation of the points may produce some sensation such as tingling, cramps, or numbness in the area which some pets may find uncomfortable.
Who will perform the acupuncture on my pet? Brentwood Veterinary Center is very fortunate to have a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist on staff. Dr. Ariel Fulghum completed her training and has obtained certification in veterinary acupuncture, herbal therapy, and food therapy from the Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida. Dr. Fulghum will review your pets medical history to create a plan that is unique to your pet in order to successfully treat the medical condition at hand.