Acupuncture for Dogs and Cats
In addition to using the most recent advances in veterinary treatment, we’re pleased to offer alternative treatment options for our patients in Kronenwetter and surrounding communities. Acupuncture for dogs and cats utilizes the same concepts as acupuncture for humans. Traditional Chinese medicine charts energy channels, called meridians, throughout our bodies and those of our pets. There are 173 acupuncture points that can affect the flow of energy in the bodies of animals. Diseases, pain and many other medical conditions disrupt the flow of energy throughout meridians. When finely tipped needles are inserted into acupoints, our experienced doctors can balance your pet’s energy channels for a therapeutic effect to help treat many medical conditions.
How Acupuncture Helps Your Pet
Through acupuncture, we create certain physiological changes in your pet’s body to stimulate healing. When needles are carefully placed into acupoints, nerves are stimulated, blood circulation is increased, muscles are relaxed, and endorphins are released. When your pet feels a rush of endorphins, they feel happy and pain is blocked. The stress hormone cortisol is also regulated through the use of acupuncture therapy. When cortisol is imbalanced, it is released in higher or lower amounts than needed. This imbalance can cause many negative, physiological effects in your pet.
The following medical issues may benefit from acupuncture therapy:
- Upper respiratory conditions
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Certain reproductive issues
- Bone and joint diseases
- Chronic pain
- Nerve injuries
Ancient Techniques from Experienced Doctors
Acupuncture needles are extremely thin and should cause your pet little to no discomfort. Because incorrect placement of needles and improper sterilization can inhibit the therapeutic effects you’re trying to induce, acupuncture should only be performed by trained veterinarians. At Kronenwetter Veterinary Care, one of our doctors is well-versed in pet acupuncture therapy.
Dr. Nikki Wills completed training for acupuncture in 2012 at the Chi Institute in Reddick, FL. For more information about our acupuncture services and how they can help your pet, please contact us at (715) 693-4560. We look forward to hearing from you.