At Integrative Veterinary Therapies, P.C. in Ridge, NY, we offer comprehensive, compassionate holistic health care for your beloved pet. We provide alternative drug-free therapies for your pet, like acupuncture, herbal medicine, cold laser therapy, massage therapy, and more. Our methods will help your pets live happy, healthy lives.
What Does Pet Acupuncture Involve?
Pet acupuncture is an alternative medical practice that involves the insertion of tiny needles into the pet's skin at specific pressure points to alleviate pain. This can be used as an alternative to medications, which often cause damage to your pet’s body.
During acupuncture, anesthesia is not necessary. Most pets feel no pain when the needles are being inserted since they are so small. Some animals even go to sleep soon after the procedure starts because they feel relaxed. After several sessions, acupuncture will alleviate chronic pain or other conditions in your pet. After an acupuncture session, it is important to keep your pet calm and relaxed.
A few conditions that can be addressed with acupuncture for small animals are:
- Respiratory issues, like feline asthma
- Gastrointestinal complications, like diarrhea
- Musculoskeletal problems, like inter vertebral disk disease, traumatic nerve injury, or arthritis
- Skin issues, like allergic dermatitis and lick granulomas
- Some reproductive problems
For larger animals, some issues that can benefit from acupuncture include:
- Neurological problems, like facial paralysis
- Musculoskeletal issues, like back pain
- Respiratory complications
- Skin problems, like allergic dermatitis
- Gastrointestinal issues, like nonsurgical colic
- Select reproductive problems
- Minor injuries for active animals
Benefits of Pet Acupuncture
When you take your pet to an acupuncture session, you can expect the following:
- Improved blood circulation
- Hormone release leading to pain relief
- Muscle spasm relief
- Decreased inflammation
- Nerve stimulation
While your pet may seem drowsy and lethargic for up to 48 hours after an acupuncture session, it should start to experience improvement soon after. The length and frequency of treatments depends on the specific condition being treated. Acupuncture may be used in tandem with other services we provide. This might include massage therapy, herbal medicine, or more. Our goal is not only to relieve your pet’s pain, but to improve bodily functions so it can stay healthy.
Schedule Your Pet’s Acupuncture Appointment
If your pet seems to be suffering from chronic pain or an injury, we can help. At Integrative Veterinary Therapies, P.C. in Ridge, NY, our veterinary services are safe and natural. Our veterinarian can determine if your pet would benefit from acupuncture. We will walk you through any procedure or technique to make sure you and your pet are comfortable. Our experts want to care for you pet’s overall wellbeing so it can live a long, happy life. By avoiding medications when possible, we can help avoid unwanted symptoms or side effects in your pet. To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment, call us today.