Acupuncture for Pets
Acupuncture is a proven treatment for many different types of ailments that affect us humans. But did you know it can also be successfully applied in our furry family members? Also known as Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), this treatment option can be used alone or in conjunction with conventional Western medicine. To learn more about how we incorporate acupuncture into our treatment plans here at Edgemont Veterinary Clinic, please call us at 403.239.4657.
How will acupuncture help my pet?
TCVM therapies can sometimes lower the doses of pharmaceuticals required, control or prevent side effects, enhance quality of life, and occasionally eliminate the need for medicine altogether. In our furry family members, it can be used to treat several kinds of diagnoses such as arthritis, degenerative disc disease, paralysis, injuries, dermatological issues and more. It is also a good maintenance treatment for very active pets such as dogs who participate in sports, hunting or other activities that cause lots of stress on their joints and muscles.
Which pets are good candidates of acupuncture?
Before any kind of treatment commences, your veterinarian here at Edgemont Veterinary Clinic will consider your pet’s health history, personality, age, diet, sleeping, eating habits, and many other factors to develop a treatment plan and determine if they are a good candidate for acupuncture.
What are some common misconceptions about acupuncture?
Most people think that acupuncture involves needles exclusively to activate pressure points in the central nervous system, which thereby releases chemicals that reduce inflammation and other positive effects. But there are also other types of TCVM. For example, acupressure can be used to activate pressure points by using the fingers. Herbal and diet therapies can also prescribe in conjunction with acupuncture and acupressure.