Veterinary Acupuncture in Germantown, Maryland

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Happy black and white dogAcupuncture is an ancient form of medicine that has been used for thousands of years to treat people and animals. During acupuncture, a certified medical professional inserts thin, sterile needles into specific points on the body to elicit a certain healing response. The location of the points and the depth of the needle help treat certain diseases and pain.

Veterinary acupuncture is used all over the world, both alone and in combination with Western medicine to treat or prevent a number of different illnesses and conditions in every species of animal.

Germantown Vet is proud to have a certified veterinary acupuncturist on our staff, Dr. Bianca Eastep. She blends Eastern and Western medicine together to help our veterinary clinic offer the best medical care for your dog, cat, or pocket pet. Dr. Eastep is skilled in helping to treat many diseases and conditions with acupuncture.

Schedule your veterinary acupuncture in Montgomery County, MD today by contacting Germantown Vet! Give us a call at (240) 252-7467

The Benefits of Animal Acupuncture

Acupuncture could benefit your pet in a variety of ways, including:

Treating a number of different ailments & conditions – Veterinary acupuncture can be used to treat a number of problems in small and large animals, including paralysis, allergies, noninfectious inflammation, and pain.

In small animals, the following conditions can be treated with veterinary acupuncture:

  • Musculoskeletal problems – including arthritis, traumatic nerve injury, intervertebral disk disease, etc.
  • Respiratory problems – including asthma
  • Skin conditions – including allergies
  • Gastrointestinal problems – including diarrhea
  • Some reproductive problems

In large animals, the following conditions can be treated with veterinary acupuncture:

  • Musculoskeletal problems – including sore backs, downer cow syndrome, etc.
  • Neurological problems – including facial paralysis
  • Skin problems – including allergies
  • Respiratory problems – including heaves
  • Gastrointestinal problems – including nonsurgical colic
  • Some reproductive problems

Providing relief – Veterinary acupuncture can assist your pet’s body in healing itself by affecting certain physiological changes. Depending on the placement of the needle, it can:

  • Increase circulation
  • Cause a release of neurotransmitters and hormones (such as endorphins and cortisol)
  • Relive muscle spasms
  • Stimulate nerves
  • Decrease swelling
  • Stimulate the immune system
  • And more

Treating conditions in conjunction with Western medicine – One of the greatest benefits of veterinary acupuncture is that it can be used as both a stand-alone method and in conjunction with Western medicine. The experienced veterinarians at Germantown Vet can help you create a health plan for you dog, cat, or pocket pet that addresses his or her specific medical needs.

Safely & painlessly treating ailments – Veterinary acupuncture is one of the safest forms of medical treatment for animals when it is performed correctly by a highly trained and experienced acupuncturist, such as Dr. Eastep. And aside from the initial placement of the needle, your pet should experience absolutely no pain. In fact, most animals become extremely relaxed and, in some cases, quite drowsy. However, depending on the treatment, some animals may experience tingling or numbness, which could be uncomfortable to some animals.

Acupuncture is particularly helpful for our older, arthritic dogs and cats. We have many veterinary patients who have significantly increased their mobility after Dr. Eastep’s treatments—easing their discomfort and reducing their need for medications.
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Schedule Your Animal Acupuncture Appointment Today

Do you think your dog or cat might benefit from acupuncture? Contact Germantown Vet today for an acupuncture consultation and find out if your pet could benefit from this service.

About Germantown Vet

Since opening our doors in 1983, Germantown Vet has become the go-to veterinary clinic for pet owners throughout Montgomery County, Maryland. Our state-of-the-art veterinary facility with an in-house laboratory allows us to provide full surgical, dental, ultrasound and even acupuncture services for your pet to ensure all aspects of your pet’s health can be cared for. Your pet’s lab work, x-rays, prescriptions and medical history are available in the patient’s electronic medical record—just like the best human hospitals. When needed, these medical documents are ready to send to other animal specialists or to a new vet in another state if your family is moving. Our veterinarians are available to care for hospitalized patients after hours, and we have a live-in veterinary nurse to check on our patients during the night.

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