Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions as a means of helping the body heal itself. Dr. Randy Caviness, who has been certified in veterinary acupuncture by IVAS since 1994, utilizes acupuncture as the primary treatment modality or in support of a broader treatment plan.
DOES MY PET NEED ACUPUNCTURE?
I use acupuncture for many different problems in dogs and cats, but the majority of cases are for arthritis pain. I have had success using acupuncture to treat the following conditions:
Paralysis, radial nerve damage and chronic pain
Arthritis or vertebral disc pathology
Skin problems and allergies
Respiratory problems, such as feline asthma
HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?
According to ancient Chinese medical philosophy, disease is the result of an imbalance of energy in the body. Acupuncture is believed to balance this energy and, thereby, assist the body to heal disease. In Western terms, acupuncture can assist the body to heal itself by affecting certain physiological changes.
IS ACUPUNCTURE PAINFUL?
For small animals, the insertion of acupuncture needles is virtually painless. Once the needles are in place, there should be no pain. Most animals become very relaxed and may even become sleepy.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT ON THE FIRST ACUPUNCTURE APPOINTMENT?
The first appointment is usually an hour long and involves getting a complete history, physical exam and look at any x-rays. We would discuss lifestyle changes and dietary supplements that could help improve your pet's quality of life. Acupuncture is accumulative. Initially, treatments are done once a week for 4 to 6 weeks. After this trial period, time between treatments can be prolonged based on efficacy. Many dogs maintain well on a once a month schedule.