We are proud to have Dr. Sarah Low at Companion Animal Clinic offer acupuncture services to our patients. Below she has provided some insight into acupuncture and common questions she hears from her clients.
If you are interested in discussing acupuncture for your pet we encourage you to make an appointment with her today.
Frequently Asked Questions
HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?
Acupuncture uses small, sterile needles inserted through the skin to stimulate nerves and soft tissue throughout the body. Stimulated nerves send signals to the spinal cord and brain, changing the central nervous system output to the body. In this way a carefully placed needle in one point can produce changes throughout the entire body and in targeted organ systems. System-wide effects can include reduced pain and inflammation, increased immune function, modulation of organ function, relaxation and more. Local effects through direct soft tissue stimulation include decreased muscle tension, stimulation of local healing factors, increased limb proprioception, relief from discomfort, increased range of motion and more. Acupuncture is a relatively safe treatment option and lacks the side effects of commonly used drugs in veterinary medicine. Want to learn more? Ask Dr. Low, She loves to share her knowledge.
WHO CAN ACUPUNCTURE HELP?
Acupuncture can benefit animal athletes as well as animals affected by chronic musculoskeletal disorders, pain, arthritis, nerve damage, surgical recovery, and acute injury or disease. Acupuncture may also help animals with other illness including metabolic disease, neurologic disorders, incontinence, chronic respiratory problems, kidney issues, cancer related pain and more. While acupuncture will not cure these diseases, it may increase function and control, reduce drug dependence, provide palliative relief, and allow animals to live and work more comfortably.
WILL THE TREATMENTS WORK FOR MY ANIMAL?
Like most medical treatments, response rates are not 100%. Most animals will respond positively to treatment, but there is a small percentage, around 20%, that will not. The only way to know if your animal is one of the 80% that do positively respond is to try treatment.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL IT TAKE TO KNOW IF THE TREATMENTS ARE WORKING?
Some animals respond immediately to treatment, while others may take 2-3 treatments to see a positive response. I generally recommend trying a series of 2-3 treatments, once or twice per week to start. Some conditions will be corrected following this initial series, while others will require additional treatments. If your animal is not responding after 2-3 treatments Dr. Low will help you find other treatment options.