Acupuncture is a form of therapy in which small needles are carefully inserted into specific areas (called acupoints) to obtain a beneficial result elsewhere in the body. Every acupoint or group of points renders different reactions. Veterinary acupuncture is a mixture of ancient Chinese and modern Western veterinary medicine. It is gaining acceptance through numerous successes in selected cases that were not responsive to usual forms of treatment.
The exact way in which acupuncture works is not known, but several mechanisms are likely involved. Acupuncture is not appropriate for all disorders, and it has its limitations. A primary use of acupuncture is to reduce pain.
The International Veterinary Acupuncture Society educates and certifies licensed veterinarians like our new doctor, Dr. Keri Garcia, in the art of acupuncture. As a certified veterinarian, Dr. Garcia brings her knowledge of how and when to use this modality and also when not to use it.
Several points are important in treatment:
1. To determine if acupuncture is appropriate for your pet, your pet's condition should be thoroughly evaluated. Blood tests, radiographs (X-rays), or other laboratory tests are often required to determine if acupuncture is the best form of treatment.
2. Chronic pain relief requires a series of acupuncture treatments. Your pet may experience increased discomfort after the first treatment, but relief should become evident during the following weeks.
3. Approximately 75% of animals treated with acupuncture show significant improvement within or after the first series of treatments. Periodic treatments (usually every few months) are generally required after the first series of treatments to keep your pet comfortable.
4. Acupuncture does not necessarily cure a given disease. For instance, acupuncture does not cure arthritis but rather diminishes the pain of arthritis.
But there are a few things you need to notify your pet's vet if any of the following occur:
*your pet's condition appears to worsen or other abnormal signs appear.
*you are unable to administer medication, if prescribed.
* signs of discomfort return.
So, come and meet Dr. Garcia. She became interested in alternative medicine many years ago when her own family dog was at a critical point. Her dog's back legs had given out but the rest of her was fine. Being too large to carry, our family had to make a difficult life ending decision:( After that time, Dr. Garcia believes in gathering as many tools for her tool chest to offer pet parents in the good health care of their pets. Acupuncture and herbal medicine can be powerful choices that can help many animals at any stage in their lives: pediatric to geriatric and all those in between. Our team of animal care givers will be glad to needle your pet!