To relieve pain or treat chronic illnesses, acupuncture for dogs and cats can be an effective treatment. Hôpital Vétérinaire Mercier has offered these services for over 10 years.
What is acupuncture for dogs and cats?
Veterinary acupuncture is part of traditional Chinese medicine and dates back over 5,000 years. It consists of placing very fine needles to stimulate specific points located on the body. These acupuncture points are places where a large number of nerves and blood vessels circulate. The needles are completely painless and odourless.
Acupuncture also makes it possible to obtain clinical information compared to conventional diagnostic tools. It promotes a holistic view of the patient. It is also a complementary tool to the so-called conventional therapeutic approaches.
What is it used for?
Acupuncture for dogs and cats is particularly effective in relieving musculoskeletal pain (hip dysplasia, arthritis, herniated discs, ruptured ligaments). However, it can also be used if your pet suffers from one of the following conditions:
- Neurological disorders (epilepsy, convulsions, paralysis);
- Respiratory diseases (asthma);
- Gastrointestinal disorders (diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, inflammation of the digestive tract);
- Skin conditions (allergies, hypersensitivities);
Are there any side effects?
Acupuncture for dogs and cats rarely causes any side effects. It can even be used as an alternative method if the conventional treatment involves too many side effects.
Will my pet be afraid?
Animals tolerate needles well. Most of the time, they will relax and even go to sleep when the needles are placed. The needles don’t cause any pain and even help relax the animal. Acupuncture can also be used when a surgery is not feasible for several reasons.
How many sessions are needed to achieve a result?
The number of sessions depends on the problem to be treated. The frequency can be determined on a case-by-case basis according to the animal’s response.
Certain techniques can stimulate the acupuncture points
If your animal doesn’t handle needles well, a laser can be used. Certain techniques can be used to prolong the effect of the treatments, such as injecting substances such as vitamin B12 into the acupuncture points.
Acupuncture for dogs and cats at Hôpital Vétérinaire Mercier
Since 2021, Hôpital Vétérinaire Mercier has offered veterinary consultation services for acupuncture for dogs and cats. If your pet needs an acupuncture treatment for dogs and cats, speak with us now. We will be pleased to answer all your questions.
If you need a product for your pet, don’t hesitate to check out our online veterinary store.