VCA Animal Healing Center

Acupuncture

Our hospital offers Acupuncture Services for your pet and it may be recommended as a preventative measure or to help treat disease. Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that is believed to stimulate the flow of energy forces that nourish tissues, stimulate blood flow, and enhance body systems. According to ancient Chinese medical theory, the life force (called qi or ch'i) flows through the body via 14 invisible channels known as meridians, regulating all physical and mental processes. Opposing forces within the body (called yin and yang), must be balanced to keep ch'i flowing properly. The meridians run deep within the body's tissues and organs, surfacing at some 360 places identified as acupuncture points. Stimulating these points is said to balance and restore the flow of ch'i. Stimulation of the points is performed by inserting thin, smooth, solid needles. The depth of insertion, type of stimulation, and duration of treatment vary according to the disease or the condition being treated. Veterinary acupuncturists may use needles alone, needles with electrical stimulation, or stimulation using a specific type of laser. Gold beads, surgical staples, or magnets are sometimes put into acupuncture points to provide permanent stimulation. Research studies on acupuncture are limited, but anecdotal information suggests it may be helpful in the treatment of pain, hip dysplasia, chronic digestive disturbances, lick granuloma, epilepsy, and other miscellaneous conditions in pets. Ask your veterinarian if acupuncture may be right for your pet.

VCA Animal Healing Center also offers Gold Wire Implantation is a form of “permanent acupuncture.” Providing long term relief from pain and suffering in our patients is what lead us to incorporate gold wire procedures into our practice. Gold wires are safe and effective. They are used for general hind-end weakness or lameness due especially to knee, back and hip arthritis. It may also be used for elbow arthritis or dysplasia. The procedure is done awake, involving tiny gold wires injected in a sterile manner, into acupuncture points in the ears and hind feet. Usually, this entails only 3-5 points and can be done within 1 hour. The outcomes have been very favorable. Young dogs respond as early as 2 weeks, older dogs can take closer to 2 months for a full response. Please call if you would like to schedule a consult and feel free to view our testimonials.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In the case of an emergency, outside of our normal business hours, please contact the Veterinery Specialty and Emergency Centers located at 301 Veterans Highway, Levittown, PA 19056. (215) 750-7884.

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