Acupuncture: A Non-Traditional Medicine

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical procedure that is used today to provide relief from certain conditions and pain. The process involves the strategic placement of small needles to induce stimulation that will lead to healing. In modern medicine, an MRI is used to locate the specific points of pressure for a particular problem or injury. Acupuncture is a safe and effective method of dealing with pain without medication. As we are learning, our pets can benefit from many of the same types of treatments we use in humans. Integrative Veterinary Therapies in Ridge, offers acupuncture for your family pet. 


What Conditions Can Acupuncture Help?

There is a myriad of conditions animals experience that can be treated with acupuncture. Medications cause side effects and are not always effective choices. Our veterinarian may opt to use a combination of remedies such as physical therapy, acupuncture, and certain medications. Some situations where acupuncture can be helpful are:

  • Arthritis and disk disease
  • Injuries pertaining to the nerves and facial paralysis
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Respiratory conditions such as asthma
  • Allergies
  • Reproductive problems
  • Diseases of the liver or kidney
  • Thyroid and diabetes
  • Cancer side effects such as pain, nausea, loss of appetite, lack of energy
  • Pain management
  • Can help to keep healthy bodies working at top performance for activities such as agility competitions, racing, jumping, etc.

Is Acupuncture Painful or Unsafe?

Acupuncture may be slightly uncomfortable for some pets, just as it is for some people. However, the benefits far outweigh the minor discomfort that your fur baby may experience as his quality of life is improved. It is important to choose a well-trained, experienced acupuncturist for your pet and that he remains under the care of a licensed veterinarian. Some animals experience a period of sleepiness or become lethargic or have increased pain followed by improvement. This is a normal reaction and will help with the healing process. Keeping your beloved baby quiet and comfortable following acupuncture is vital, as acupuncture can hide pain. A return to activity should only happen after the animal is cleared to do so by the vet.  

Is your pup or cat in pain? Waiting for treatment may worsen the condition so a vet visit is in order. Call Integrative Veterinary Therapies in Ridge today to schedule an appointment: (631) 924-7700. 


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