Acute and chronic pain can disrupt your pet’s life, causing them discomfort and stress. To relieve pain and speed up the healing process, Elk Rapids Animal Hospital offers rehabilitation services for canine and feline patients. One of our services is acupuncture, which can offer a variety of benefits for your pet. Our veterinary acupuncturists provide treatment for a wide range of diseases and conditions, and we’ll work with you to develop a plan that fits your pet’s specific needs.
The Benefits of Acupuncture Treatment for Dogs and Cats
Acupuncture is a rehab treatment in which the veterinarian inserts needles into the skin to relieve pain. It’s a procedure that can apply to both dogs and cats, for conditions such as hip dysplasia, lesions and arthritis. At Elk Rapids, we treat a wide variety of other conditions, such as:
- Athletic injuries
- Neurological conditions
- Muscle and ligament sprains
- Age-related pain and stiffness
- Vestibular disease
- Pre- and post-surgical conditions
- Invertebral disc disease
Acupuncture also helps reduce pain associated with diseases and conditions such as cancer and infection. In addition to reducing pain, it can help lower inflammation, increase blood flow and relax the muscles.
How Does Veterinary Acupuncture Work?
When an acupuncture vet conducts a procedure, they use a sterile needle to puncture the skin at certain trigger points on the patient’s body. Acupuncture works because it stimulates the central nervous system, which in turn helps stimulate healing in the body.
Acupuncture can provide pets with the support they need to maintain physical and mental health during the healing process or while you’re working to manage their chronic pain. Most patients feel comfortable during the treatment, relaxing enough to enjoy the experience each time they visit our rehabilitation center. Acupuncture for pets also has no side effects, which can make it a great alternative to medication.
How Our Veterinary Acupuncturists Administer the Treatment
Our acupuncture treatment is a precise, detailed procedure that can help reduce pain in dogs and cats alike. We start by scheduling an appointment with the patient to identify the proper acupuncture points for their treatment. We use our physical exam to determine the best option for your pet so they can reap the greatest benefits from the experience. Then, we can begin the treatment.
A full acupuncture appointment at Elk Rapids can last up to 45 minutes, and needles remain in the skin for about 20 minutes as long as the patient is comfortable. We can do as many treatments as needed, depending on the patient’s condition. If the pain is related to an injury or surgery, your pet will likely start to improve within the first few treatments. For chronic pain, we allow pet owners and patients to visit weekly, twice a month or once a month for regular sessions. This helps keep your pet’s pain under control so they can maintain a better quality of life.
Contact Us Today to Learn More About Pet Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a viable option for pets who have new or chronic pain. Our experts will be happy to help you determine the best treatment for the patient. Contact Elk Rapids online or call 231-264-6700 today for more details about our rehabilitation services.