Our Pets: The Vet Will See You Now
Jun 28, 2018 05:14PM
Acupuncture has been used in China for thousands of years to promote healing. The process involves inserting tiny needles into certain points of the body known as acupoints—which can be tied to muscle groups, nerve bundles, blood vessels, and even organs or larger body systems—to enhance blood and nervous system circulation, thereby stimulating the release of anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving hormones, which encourages the body to correct imbalances and help heal itself.
The use of acupuncture in pets is part of an Eastern medicine approach called Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). The insertion of the acupuncture needles is virtually painless for animals, and many owners find their pets become relaxed or even sleepy when the needles are in place. However, some human acupuncture patients have noted feelings such as tingling or numbness during treatments, so animals may show small amounts of discomfort from these new sensations during initial treatments. Some of the issues that can be treated and managed with TCVM include:
• Musculoskeletal conditions
• Neurological disorders
• Respiratory disorders
• Cardiovascular disease
• Gastrointestinal problems
• Dermatological conditions
Unlike some medical treatments, there’s a very low risk of side effects from TCVM; however, acupuncture should always be performed by a certified veterinary acupuncturist.
Brad Cahoon, DVM, Owner // Veterinary Healing Center // 120 Blue Ravine Road, Suite 4, Folsom // 916-889-7387, vethealingfolsom.com // 2222 Francisco Drive, Suite 150, El Dorado Hills // 916-933-6030, vethealingeldoradohills.com