Acupuncture

Here at VCA Avalon Heart of Gwinnett we offer acupuncture for all pets!

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the procedure of inserting and manipulating needles into specific points on the body to initiate healing, control pain, and improve and maintain health.

How Does it Work?

Acupuncture works by a series of complex mechanisms modulating neuro and circulatory processes. A tiny solid needle is inserted into the skin in proximity to nerves, lymphatics and capillary beds. There can be a local effect and/or an effect on the internal organs. One mechanism is when the nerve area is stimulated, a signal is transferred to the spinal cord, travels to the brain, and then back to the organs, skin or muscle groups that have been stimulated. Acupuncture also modifies circulation by either increasing or decreasing blood flow which bolsters immunity and healing throughout organs and muscle groups.

What is Acupuncture Used For?

  • Musculoskeletal Problems
  • Analgesia (Pain Relief)
  • Skin Problems
  • Nervous Disorders
  • Respiratory Problems
  • Urogenital Problems
  • Cancer
  • Liver Problems
  • Gastrointestinal Problems

Who Will be Your Pet’s Acupuncturist?

Dr. Moon studied at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and received her degree in 2008. She also attained her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Georgia in 2003. Her special interests include exotic animal medicine, surgery, and acupuncture. She has completed her course from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. She is a current member of both the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) and the IVAS (the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society).

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