Acupuncture, which is the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to elicit a healing response, has been used on humans and animals for thousands of years to treat many different ailments. 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.
At Germantown Vet, we are proud to have a certified veterinary acupuncturist on our staff, Dr. Bianca Eastep. She can combine both Eastern and Western medicine to help our veterinary clinic offer the best care for your pet possible.
What Are the Benefits of Veterinary Acupuncture?
It Helps Treat a Variety of 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
Contact us today to find out if your pet’s condition can be treated or eased with veterinary acupuncture!
It Will Provide Relief for Your Dog, Cat, or Pocket Pet
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
Veterinary Acupuncture Can Be Used 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.
It Is Completely Safe for Animals & Virtually Painless
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.
Schedule Your Veterinary Acupuncture Appointment Today
If you would like to learn more about veterinary acupuncture and its many benefits or schedule an appointment to speak with our certified acupuncturist, Dr. Eastep, contact us today at 240-252-7467240-252-7467! Our state-of-the-art veterinary clinic in Germantown can help your pet live a happy health life—call today.