Though there are very few scientific studies to back up the growing support of this ancient Chinese holistic practice, practitioners and participants alike all sing their praises of acupuncture. Those who are considering using it as a means of relieving a host of your pet’s maladies may have difficulty finding helpful information all in one place. Well, not to worry. The gurus of HealingRadius have you covered.
How It Works
If you’re expecting acupuncture to be a one-and-done treatment, you may find yourself disappointed. Actually, it’s more akin to a medicinal regimen than a single medical treatment. Depending on the severity of the ailment, acupuncture sessions can be scheduled as often as twice a week or as little as once a month. You’d have to consult with an acupuncturist for an initial assessment of what your pet’s particular needs are.
If you don’t feel comfortable leaving all of your pet’s medical care to acupuncture, you don’t need to forgo the option entirely. A great number of veterinarians now offer the service as part of your pet’s regular visit and treatment. Check with them to see if acupuncture is one of the options available or ask for a recommendation of one they know.
Acupuncture treats ailments that involve paralysis, allergies, minor inflammation and pain. According to the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, it can be separated into treatments for small and large animals.
Acupuncture for small animals relieves:
- Musculoskeletal problems, such as arthritis, intervertebral disc disease or traumatic nerve injury
- Respiratory problems, such as feline asthma
- Skin problems, such as lick granuloma and allergic contact dermatitis
- Gastrointestinal problems, such as diarrhea
Acupuncture for large animals relieves:
- Musculoskeletal problems, such as sore backs or downer cow syndrome
- Neurological problems, such as facial paralysis
- Skin problems, such as allergic contact dermatitis
- Respiratory problems, such as heaves and “bleeders”
- Gastrointestinal problems, such as nonsurgical colic
- Selected reproductive problems
The International Veterinary Acupuncture Society also claims that regular treatment can be used to treat sports-related injuries in animals just like in top athletes. If your horse is a show horse or your pup likes to participate in obedience obstacle courses, their tendons can become taxed and sprains could easily occur. Regular acupuncture treatment can treat these injuries and help keep muscles and tendons resistant to injury.
Your first meeting with an acupuncturist will generally be more expensive than subsequent sessions, usually in the $100 to $200 range for an hour of service according to several veterinarian websites who offer the service. After that, you will usually have a $75 to a $100 fee for each subsequent session. There are several options of acupuncture treatment to choose from.
- The difference in diameter or gauge of needle ranging from small, thin, stainless steel ones, to thicker, longer ones made of silver and gold.
- The electricity that may run on a small current through the needles to stimulate nerve healing and blood flow. This is usually extra to the normal fee.
- Acupressure techniques that are needleless, but act as a good needleless alternative to traditional acupuncture. This entails a pinpointed pressure on certain areas akin to a deep tissue stimulation.
- Aquapressure techniques where liquid is inserted along with the needle. This can work very well for dogs and cats who are dehydrated as they absorb the liquid through the skin for an energy boost with diluted B12 instead of water. This service is usually an added fee as well.
- Laser acupuncture techniques where a low-heat laser is directed onto the muscles to mimic traditional acupuncture. This technique is fairly new to the art of acupuncture, but it’s one that is being praised for its lack of invasiveness. This also comes with an additional fee.
Finding your four-legged friend an acupuncturist may be as simple as going to the vet and inquiring if they offer the service. Since pet acupuncture is a growing field in veterinary medicine, the odds are that there is a practitioner near you who can treat your pet. Ask your local vet for a recommendation or use HealingRadius.com to find your nearest practitioner.
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