Whole Healing with Cat & Dog Acupuncture in Clifton Park, NY
Acupuncture has been around for more than 2,000 years and is one of the modalities of traditional Chinese medicine. The practice was used primarily for humans, although the practice boasts many of the same benefits for animals that it does for people. At Cornerstone Veterinary Hospital in Clifton Park, we take pride in being able to provide our patients with multiple treatment options to suit every pet’s unique needs. By offering cat and dog acupuncture in Clifton Park, NY, we aim to give pets yet another modality that facilitates pain relief, relaxation, and healing.
What Does Acupuncture Involve for Dogs & Cats?
Cat and dog acupuncture is similar to acupuncture for humans. It first entails an evaluation of your pet in an Eastern medicine examination that looks at the tongue, pulse, and other signs in order to determine where there may be disruptions in the animal’s “Qi” or energy. Qi is believed to flow along meridians throughout the body, and when one or more of these channels is disrupted, it opens the door for disease and injury. Acupuncture restores the flow of energy by inserting very fine needles into certain points along meridians. The needles help to guide the body’s energy back into these deprived areas, thereby reducing pain and inflammation, and promoting healing.
What Conditions Can Veterinary Acupuncture Treat?
Acupuncture can help treat almost any condition and is able to be used as a complement to traditional Western medicine. Common conditions we treat with acupuncture include:
- Neck and back pain
- Tendon/ligament problems
- Kidney disease
- And more
Results are often seen after the first session, but it is important to give the process 3-5 treatments before expecting significant and lasting changes. Some animals feel tired after their acupuncture sessions, while others are more energized as the body reorganizes and starts to heal itself. In addition to acupuncture treatments, your veterinarian may also recommend herbs and diet changes to further facilitate healing.