Acupuncture is a broad term encompassing many techniques, all of which involve inserting small needles or injections into the skin at defined points, called acupoints, to achieve balance and healing throughout the body.
Qi (chi) is the life force within all living creatures, and the universe itself. Acupuncture helps maintain and rebuild the balance of the body, the mind, and help reconnect the pet to the harmony of the universe.
Acupuncture utilizes Qi Meridians and Classical Points within the pet's body to unblock the flow of Qi and restore balance and health.
Acupuncture is drug free, safe, and most pets require 15 or fewer needles per treatment. Many conditions can be helped with acupuncture:
GI upset (vomiting, IBD, diarrhea
And many more!
What to expect
Most pets enjoy acupuncture. We will perform a complete examination and ask you many questions. We will go over your concerns , your pet's habits, environment, routine, and medical history. There are no wrong answers, but no one knows your pet like you do - we count on that knowledge and love to guide our treatment.
After an exam, we will plan a treatment. Acupuncture can involve the insertion of needles, injections, moxibustion, massage (tui-na and acupressure), and electroacupuncture.
-Dry needle technique: insertion of small, sterile needles into acupoints
-Aquapuncture technique: injection of a small amount of saline or Vitamin B to stimulate acupoints
-Moxibusion technique: heating over a needle or acupoint to heat the body's energy. Moxa is similar to incense with a mild odor and heat.
-Electroacupuncture technique: stimulation of needles at specified frequency and amplitude using a small electostimulation unit
-Tui-na/acupressure technique: stimulation of acupoints using finger pressure or body manipulation of affected areas. Similar to massage
The needles we use are small, and most pets don’t even feel them. They do not have to hold still for the treatment, and many enjoy a treat or being petted while they are receiving treatment.