What Can Acupuncture For Dogs And Cats (and other pets) Treat?
Acupuncture for dogs and cats can be utilized to treat the following conditions:
- Pain management for . . .
- Arthritis – back pain, neck pain, hip pain, shoulder pain, knee pain
- Intervertebral disc disease
- Hip dysplasia
- Elbow dysplasia
- Cranial cruciate ligament tear (either pre or post-surgery knee surgery)
- As a sole therapy or to help limit side-effects from chemotherapy and improve general quality of life
- Neurological disorders
- Intervertebral disc disease resulting from a herniated disc
- Degenerative myelopathy
- Nerve paralysis or damage – including scuffing of hind limbs when walking
- Seizures or epilepsy
- Urinary and fecal incontinence
- Pet allergies
- Recurrent skin infections
- Gastro-intestinal disorders
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Chronic diarrhea
- Chronic vomiting
- Chronic gurgling (LOUD) stomach
- Respiratory problems
- Tracheal collapse
- Chronic upper respiratory infections
- Internal organ disease
- Kidney, Heart, or Liver Disease
- Autoimmune diseases
- Immune-mediated hemolytic anemia
- Immune-mediated thrombocytopenia
- Eosinophilic granuloma in cats
- Reproductive or Infertility disorders
- Behavioral issues (Anxiety)
- Endocrine disorders
- Cushing’s disease
- Addinson’s disease
The National Institute of Health (NIH) 1997 Consensus on Acupuncture declared acupuncture effective for osteoarthritis, musculoskeletal pain, GI problems, and pulmonary disease, and reproductive disorders.
Additionally, acupuncture can be utilized as preventative medicine to boost your pet’s immune system and improve his/her overall well-being. We offer maintenance acupuncture therapy to help keep your pet in optimum healthy year-round.
In some cases, through acupuncture for dogs and cats in her Fort Lauderdale clinic, Dr. Jessie can decrease the conventional medications or even wean a patient off all conventional medications with regular acupuncture treatments.
What Is Acupuncture For Dogs And Cats?
Acupuncture for dogs and cats involves the placement of very, very small needles into precise locations on the animal body to cause therapeutic responses. The medical treatment is a safe therapy that offers virtually no side effects. Acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years in China and beyond to treat a variety of diseases
We strongly recommend that only a veterinarian having been formally trained and certified in medical acupuncture for animals perform acupuncture on pets.
Dr. Jessica Dreyfuss, our “Dr. Jessie,” is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist credentialed by the prestigious Chi Institute. She and her team use acupuncture and other holistic veterinary techniques on dogs and cats in her Fort Lauderdale clinic with great results for a number of conditions.
How Does Acupuncture For Dogs and Cats Work?
Acupuncture is one way we can help the body to help itself.
For example, acupuncture points are specifically located at junctions of large nerve bundles and blood vessels. Acupuncture stimulates these areas and results in . . .
- The release of pain relieving and anti-inflammatory substances (including serotonin, and norepinephrine)
- Improved tissue blood flow
- Improved oxygenation and removal of toxins
Peer-reviewed and journal-published studies have demonstrated that acupuncture can activate T-cell lymphocytes and boost the number of white blood cells in the body. This, in turn, can allow for a stronger immune system.
With acupuncture, there are minimal to no side effects. This contrasts to medical prescriptions, which can have a great number of unwanted side effects on a pet’s organ function.