Veterinary Acupuncture & Chiropractic Care Frequently Asked Questions

Acupuncture: What is it?

Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body that have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiologic conditions to achieve a desired effect, helping the body heal itself. Acupuncture has been used successfully for nearly 4000 years on humans and animals. Acupuncture is performed with very small sterile needles. I am also able to use a specific probe on my hand held laser unit to perform acupuncture without the use of needles, for patients who will not tolerate the needles, and owners have been very happy with the results.

What animals are treated with Acupuncture?

Acupuncture can be used in all species. I only perform acupuncture on horses, dogs and cats.

How does acupuncture work?

In modern scientific terms, needling specific points leads to the release of chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals can either change the experience of pain, or trigger the release of chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system.┬áToday, we do not have a full understanding of the neurologic or biochemical basis of acupuncture, but that is changing as the results of studies are published on a regular basis.

What will happen during acupuncture treatments?

Acupuncture treatments are usually well tolerated by animals. Most veterinarians will want your animal as relaxed as possible, and therapy may lead to further relaxation. Acupuncture needles are very thin, solid, sterile needles. Needle insertion is usually not painful, however, certain points can be sensitive. Multiple acupuncture needles will be placed depending on the point prescription. Some animals will become very quiet and even fall asleep during a treatment. Treatment time will vary depending on the animal, the acupuncture technique and the condition being treated. Acupuncture effects are cumulative so several treatments are usually necessary for chronic medical conditions, then tapered down as needed for maintenance. Acute conditions usually need fewer treatments.

What can acupuncture treat?

In people and animals, there is good evidence that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, respiratory, urinary, skin, reproductive, neurologic, behavioral disorders, as well as for stress. In cancer patients, acupuncture can be extremely effective for the alleviation of pain, fatigue, treatment of gastrointestinal disorders such as nausea, vomiting, inappetence, and improving the quality of life.

Are there any side effects?

Acupuncture can result in a relaxed state, which can be misinterpreted as lethargy or a worsening condition. This is temporary and indicates that the animal is indeed sensitive to the effects of acupuncture. Your veterinarian will adjust the treatment, if needed, at your next visit. Acupuncture needles are sterile, so infection from the needle site is extremely rare. There may be mild bruising or bleeding from the needle site because there is a huge blood supply to the skin, although this is not common. In rare circumstances, an animal may pass out. Any concerns that you have about the treatment should be discussed with your veterinarian.

Are there circumstances in which acupuncture should not be performed?

Acupuncture should not be performed in animals that are overly sensitive and is used with caution if the animal is pregnant.

How do you charge for your services?

I charge by time, not modality so for example, if I perform chiropractic adjustments and laser in the same session, there will not be two different fees. This allows me to choose the best modalities for that patient that day without the owners worrying about additional costs.

Do you work on weekends?

I do not work weekends. On the rare occasion that I do, a $90 emergency fee will apply.

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