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Posted on 11-19-2015

Acupuncture Benefits Animals Too

The purpose of acupuncture is to prompt the body to heal itself. The procedure involves inserting small needles into the body in precise places where blood vessels and nerves come together. These spots, dense with vascular and nervous tissues are known as acupuncture points. According to traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture encourages healing by removing energy blockages and small dog re-balancing its flow through these energy meridians that course through the body. This alternative form of medicine stimulates the nervous system, enhances blood circulation, relieves muscle spasms, and releases endorphins to relieve pain and cortisol, an anti-inflammatory hormone that is considered a natural steroid. Acupuncture may be used in conjunction with traditional medical treatments, or on its own.

Why Animal Acupuncture?

Western researchers have found that the procedure works effectively in both humans and animals. Among them, the National Institute of Health (NIH) who issued a statement saying they have found evidence that acupuncture effectively manages osteoarthritis and musculoskeletal pain. This is nothing new to the Chinese who have been treating their animals with acupuncture for thousands of years, and also use it as preventive medicine. Animal acupuncture is safe when performed by a properly trained Los Angeles veterinarian and virtually painless for the pet.

Generally, acupuncture is indicated in functional disorders that involve pain, paralysis, allergies and other forms of noninfectious inflammation. Specifically, veterinarians have found it effective in treating

  • musculoskeletal conditions including degenerative disc disease, arthritis, and traumatic nerve injuries
  • skin problems such as allergic dermatitis and lick granulomas
  • gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea
  • respiratory problems like feline asthma

Visit Our Los Angeles Veterinarians Today! 

Here at Hancock Park Veterinary Clinic in Los Angeles, we encourage pet owners to remain with their dog or cat and comfort them as our veterinarian inserts the thin needles. However they often find that their animal needs little comforting since the relatively painless procedure actually provides such deep relaxation that their beloved pet often falls asleep.

Is your pet suffering from a condition that could be alleviated with this safe, effective, gentle alternative treatment method?

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