Traditional Chinese veterinary medicine, or TCVM, includes the use of acupressure, acupuncture, Chinese herbs and food energy therapy, and is used to complement conventional western veterinary medicine. In many cases, TCVM can aid in the prevention or treatment of a variety of conditions, and can even help to make an animal more relaxed and comfortable. Veterinary acupuncture is one of several components of TCVM offered at Animal Medical Center Somerset. Here, we will walk you through the basics of veterinary acupuncture and how it can benefit your pet.

Acupuncture for Animals

As is the case with human acupuncture, the goal of animal acupuncture is to help the body heal itself. Needles are inserted into body tissue wherever nerve bundles and blood vessels come together (called acupuncture points). Animal acupuncture can help to stimulate the body’s natural pain relieving and anti-inflammatory abilities. It can also bring about muscle relaxation, both at the needle insertion sites as well as other locations in the body and improve blood flow, oxygenation and waste and toxin elimination. Veterinary acupuncture is delivered without medication, which means it is free from potential adverse side effects and will not adversely interact with any medications the pet does need to take.

Some of the conditions that can be successfully addressed with animal acupuncture include:

  • Arthritis.
  • Degenerative joint disease.
  • Trauma–such as that experienced as a result of surgery, car accidents, animal fights or falling.
  • Cancer.
  • Metabolic disease–such as kidney and liver failure, pancreatitis, feline hyperthyroidism, Cushing’s disease, Addison’s disease, hypothyroidism, and diabetes.

In order to best address these and other conditions through the use of veterinary acupuncture, your veterinarian will most likely recommend frequent initial treatments followed by less frequent maintenance treatments. The goal, of course, is to achieve the greatest possible improvement in the pet’s condition, comfort, and health for as long as is possible, but since the benefits of veterinary acupuncture are cumulative, more consistent treatment is better than intermittent treatment.

For more information about veterinary acupuncture, contact AMC today.