What Should You Know About Pet Acupuncture?


Acupuncture is an ancient technique for treating illnesses and maladies using fine needles. These needles are inserted into special points in the body to bring about the desired effects. People all over the world take advantage of acupuncture, but pet owners may not realize that acupuncture is also an option for their animal friends. Here are four things that pet owners should know about animal acupuncture:

1. Acupuncture is not a substitute for regular trips to the veterinarian

Acupuncture is a natural health treatment that can relieve pain, ease inflammation, and provide other vital health benefits for animals. Still, pet owners should be aware that acupuncture is not a substitute for routine veterinary appointments. Animals should still be taken to the vet annually for regular check-ups. 

Pets with illnesses, injuries, and chronic conditions should always be under the care of a traditional veterinarian in addition to an acupuncturist. Fortunately, acupuncture complements traditional veterinary medicine very well. Regular acupuncture treatments can reduce your pet's reliance on certain medications, but your veterinarian should always be the one to make the final decision regarding your pet's medication regimen.

2. Pet acupuncturists specialize in treating animals

Animal acupuncturists are natural health specialists who care about the well-being of pets. Pet acupuncturists study the anatomy of common pets so they can provide knowledgeable and safe treatment to the animals under their care. When considering pet acupuncture for your pet, you should look for an acupuncturist who has worked extensively with the type of animal that you own. Most animal acupuncturists are familiar with dogs and cats, but many practitioners can work with small animals as well. When in doubt, call a pet acupuncturist to ask if they can help your breed of animal. 

3. Acupuncture can be used to treat behavioral issues

Acupuncture is often used to treat physical pain. However, acupuncture can also be used to treat behavioral issues in animals, especially when those behavioral issues stem from anxiety. Regular acupuncture sessions can help animals that suffer from separation anxiety and more generalized forms of anxiety.

4. Pets often find the process of acupuncture relaxing

Many pet owners worry that their pets will find acupuncture painful or uncomfortable. However, many pets actually find acupuncture relaxing. The needles used to give acupuncture to animals are extremely thin. Fine gauge needles are unlikely to cause discomfort, which is good news for pets and their anxious owners. Many animals won't even notice when the acupuncture needles are inserted.


14 July 2021

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