What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a 3000-year-old Chinese practice utilizing hair-thin needles to stimulate the body’s nerve centers, improving blood circulation and releasing pain-relieving hormones. This virtually painless process relaxes muscle tissue and oxygenates the surrounding area, allowing the body to heal more rapidly.

Disorders That Can Be Treated

  • Neurologic and Soft Tissue Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Allergies
  • Gastrointestinal Issues
  • Musculoskeletal Systemic Problems
  • Skin Conditions
  • Respiratory Distress

Acupuncture is one of the safest veterinary treatments available. It requires no pharmaceutical assistance, removing the possibility of overdose and adverse reaction and can be used in conjunction with most other traditional and alternative treatments.

Acupuncture FAQs

Is It Painful?

Acupuncture is virtually painless for small animals, and you may find your pet may become relaxed or even sleepy.

Are there risks?

There is very low risk with acupuncture. It is performed by a veterinarian with special training in acupuncture.

What Can It Be Used For?

  • Pain management is one of the most common uses
  • Regain function with injury by nerve stimulation
  • Aging conditions such as osteoarthritis, muscle trigger points, and inflammation
  • Allergic Dermatitis – skin conditions that need increased circulation for healing
  • Gastrointestinal problems that have symptoms such as nausea and diarrhea
  • Respiratory problems can benefit from the immune-calming, anti-inflammatory capabilities of acupuncture

Is It Widely Accepted?

The pain management guidelines published by the American Animal Hospital Association, American Association of Feline Practitioners, and World Small Animal Veterinary Association endorse acupuncture as a safe adjunct treatment for pain management in dogs and cats that should be strongly considered as a part of a multimodal pain management regimen.

Acupuncture for Pets in Traverse City, MI

To schedule a veterinary acupuncture consultation or appointment, call us at 231-947-2365.

What's Next

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    Call Us or Schedule an Appointment Online

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    Meet With a Doctor for an Initial Exam

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    Put a Plan Together for Your Pet