Our hospital offers Acupuncture Services for your pet with Dr. Gail Cutler, an IVAS Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist. Acupuncture is a 5,000 year old practice that involves the use of sharp, thin needles inserted in the body at very specific points. This process is believed to adjust and alter the body’s energy and blood flow into healthier patterns.
Acupuncture can be used as an adjunct to regular medicine when results are not ideal, or when there is a medical condition that limits further treatment. It can also be used if the owner prefers a more holistic approach.
Some of the more common conditions that acupuncture can treat in pets are back and neck problems, arthritis, and other types of pain. Acupuncture has been used to treat a wide variety of illnesses and health conditions such as allergies, seizures, anemia, nausea, behavior problems, reproductive issues and more.
From a traditional Chinese medicine perspective, illness is due to an imbalance, a deficiency, or possible blockage of the flow of ‘Qi’, which is considered a life force. Acupuncture is designed to enhance deficiencies, stimulate Qi, and release blockages.
From a western perspective, research has shown that the insertion of needles in acupuncture points stimulates inflammatory mediators and neurotransmitters that can result in improved blood flow or neuralgic response to areas that need it.
An initial one hour acupuncture consultation involves a physical exam, assessment, and first treatment. It usually takes more than one session to see a response and follow-up sessions are 30 minutes. Most animals like acupuncture and many get very relaxed or fall asleep.
Feel free to call Dr. Cutler at 760-778-9999 if you would like more information.