At Southwind Animal Hospital, our veterinarians offer acupuncture treatment to promote healing in cats and dogs in Southeast Memphis.
Promoting Healing in Dogs & Cats
Acupuncture is an aspect of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine that focuses on promoting healing by restoring the energy balance in the body.
A combination of acupuncture and medical therapy can be safely used together to provide the best results.
Seeking the most appropriate care for our animal friends is the very least we can do as a response to their love and affection. Acupuncture treatment can help promote healing and ease pain so they can have the quality of life they deserve.
The Acupuncture Technique
The acupuncture technique is the insertion of fine needles into an animal's body at specified points (acupuncture points) where nerves and blood vessels converge.
These points are located in sites called meridians, which are energy channels that transmit energy throughout the animal's body.
Once inserted, the needles guide vital energy along the meridians to enhance blood circulation and stimulate the nervous system to improve the body's healing ability, and provide a variety of benefits to your pet.
Common Uses for Acupuncture
- Pain Management
Strong medical treatments, like chemo during cancer care, can cause discomfort and are often paired with acupuncture to help make a pet more comfortable and able to fight the illness.
- Musculoskeletal Issues
Conditions such as arthritis, hip dysplasia and nerve injuries can respond to acupuncture which is often used during rehabilitation after an injury.
- Skin Issues
Conditions such allergic dermatitis, granulomas, or hot spots may respond well to acupuncture treatment because increased circulation can improve healing, and pain reduction can reduce a pet's overgrooming or itching.
- Gastrointestinal Issues
Conditions like nausea and diarrhea can be aided by the increased blood flow from acupuncture. It may also help normalize digestive activity by stimulating digestive secretions.
- Respiratory Issues
Conditions such as asthma and allergies can benefit from the immune-calming, anti-inflammatory capabilities of acupuncture.
Acupuncture offers a number of benefits for animals, including:
- Improves blood flow which increases oxygen in tissues
- Reduces the amount of waste products produced
- Increases the removal of metabolic waste in the body
- Relaxes muscles to relieve pain locally and generally
- Has no systemic side effects, so it is particularly helpful for pets in poor health