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Animal Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been used by the Chinese for at least 4000 years but has only been relatively recently adopted by the Western world to treat human and animal medical problems.

Dog AcupunctureThe philosophy behind acupuncture is that energy or Qi circulates around the body through pathways or meridians which run just below the surface of the skin.

These meridians are interconnected to internal organs, muscles, joints and the nervous system. If this flow of energy becomes disrupted either by a blockage, deficiency or excess the body becomes out of balance, therefore predisposing it to disease.

Acupuncture releases these blockages allowing for the free flow of energy or Qi again. The body is re-balanced, which restores health and vitality. There are 365 acupuncture points that lie at intervals on the 14 meridians. These points can actually be differentiated microscopically from the surrounding tissue.

Animal Treatment

Dog AcupunctureWhen an animal has an acupuncture treatment it is assessed by the Acupuncturist who makes a diagnosis and devises a treatment formula. This formula consists of a number of acupuncture points at which fine needles are inserted and left for approximately 20 minutes.

Treatments are usually repeated at weekly intervals for an average of three to six sessions. Most animals tolerate the needling without any discomfort and get quite relaxed after 10 minutes due to the release of their own endorphins. In face they often really enjoy coming to the clinic to receive their treatment as it is so relaxing.

Dog AcupunctureChronic ongoing conditions may require a longer treatment course than acute problems. A good response to treatment is usually seen in the first week with a gradual improvement thereafter but this does depend on the condition. Some conditions such as hip arthritis "top-up" treatments are required from time to time, whereas other problems may completely resolve with one course.

Uses of Acupuncture

Dog AcupunctureAcupuncture may be used on all animals as an alternative therapy or as a complement to conventional therapy. Its primary usage has been directed toward musculoskeletal problems.

Excellent results can be achieved in providing pain relief for arthritis or back pain. However it can be used successfully in many areas such as respiratory, gastrointestinal, reproductive, urinary tract, eyes, ears and skin. Geriatric patients can be given a real energy boost improving the quality of life for our older pets.

The main advantage of acupuncture is that we are working with the body to repair itself rather than against it. Many of you have probably experienced the benefits of acupuncture, and now it is available for your pets at the Pomona Veterinary Surgery.


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