At Advanced Care Animal Clinic, our vets offer veterinary acupuncture treatment for cats and dogs to relive pain and to supplement other rehabilitative therapies. 

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Healing Acupuncture

Acupuncture comes from traditional Chinese medicine. It's used as a way to renew the energy throughout an animal's body and promote the healing process in your pet. 

This ancient form of medicine is based on the philosophy that an imbalance of vital energies in the body leads to illness. In modern terms, acupuncture can help by improving blood flow, which boosts oxygenation in tissues. 

At Advanced Care Animal Clinic, our team believes the best results can be obtained by using acupuncture to supplement medical therapy to help restore your pet's vitality and health. 

Acupuncture, Smokey Point

The Acupuncture Technique

During an acupuncture treatment, tiny needles are inserted into an animal's body at precise points called meridians, where the nerves and blood vessels converge. Needles help guide vital energy along these meridians, promoting circulation and supporting the nervous system while enhancing the body's healing abilities. 

Common Acupuncture Uses

Our vets often recommend the use of acupuncture or other types of Chinese medicine for many issues, such as: 

  • Pain Management

    Medical treatments such as chemotherapy can feel very uncomfortable for your pet. They will often be combined with acupuncture in an effort to relieve some discomfort, helping your cat or dog to fight their illness. 

  • Musculoskeletal Issues

    Acupuncture can often be used for injury rehabilitation. Conditions such as arthritis, nerve injuries and hip dysplasia also tend to respond well to acupuncture. 

  • Dermatology & Skin Issues

    Acupuncture treatment can help encourage increased circulation, which can help hot spots, granulomas and allergic dermatitis. It can also improve healing and reduce pain, leading to less itching and subsequent over-grooming. 

  • Gastrointestinal Issues

    Acupuncture may stimulate digestive secretions, which helps to promote healthy digestive activity. Conditions such as diarrhea or nausea may benefit from increased blood flow. 

  • Respiratory Issues

    The immune-calming and anti-inflammatory capabilities of acupuncture treatment can improve asthma, allergies and other conditions.

The Benefits

For pets, acupuncture can provide numerous benefits, including: 

  • Lack of systemic side effects (for pets in poor health)
  • Promotes an increased blood flow which boosts oxygen in tissues 
  • Decrease in the amount of waste products produced
  • Pain relief and muscle relaxation
  • Improvement in metabolic waste removal from the body 

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