Acupuncture, in traditional Chinese medicine, is used as a way to promote the healing process in dogs and cats by renewing the balance of energy throughout their body.
This ancient form of medicine is based on the philosophy that illness is caused by an imbalance of vital energies in the body. Today, acupuncture is believed to promote healing by improving blood flow, which boosts oxygenation in tissues.
At Overwatch Animal Hospital, we feel that the best results are achieved by using acupuncture as a supplement to conventional medical therapies to help restore your pet's health and vitality.
Acupuncture generally involves a certified veterinary acupuncturist inserting tiny needles into an animal's body at precise points called meridians, where the blood vessels converge with the nerves. These thin needles guide vital energy along these meridians, supporting the nervous system and promoting circulation, while enhancing healing abilities.
Our vets often recommend the use of acupuncture or other types of Chinese medicine to help animals suffering from a number of issues, including:
Acupuncture treatment can help encourage increased circulation, which can help to soothe hot spots, granulomas and allergic dermatitis. These treatments can also improve healing and reduce pain, leading to less itching and subsequent over-grooming.
Acupuncture may help to stimulate your pet's digestive secretions, which helps to promote healthy digestive activity. Conditions such as diarrhea or nausea may benefit from increased blood flow.
Veterinary acupuncture can often be used for injury rehabilitation. Painful conditions such as arthritis, nerve injuries and hip dysplasia also tend to respond well to acupuncture.
Medical treatments such as chemotherapy can feel very uncomfortable for your pet. Acupuncture can be combined with these treatments in an effort to relieve some discomfort, helping your cat or dog to fight their illness.
The immune-calming and anti-inflammatory capabilities of acupuncture treatment can be beneficial in the treatment of asthma, allergies and other conditions.
Acupuncture for dogs and cats provides a range of benefits, including:
Overwatch Animal Hospital is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Clarksville companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.