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Even with all the state-of-the-art medical technologies that have been developed just in the last few years, many of the oldest recorded techniques are still remarkably effective at treating pain, illness, and injuries. You may be surprised to learn that one of these respected ancient remedies, acupuncture, can be beneficial for pets as well as humans. You may be even more surprised to learn that this specialized form of care is readily available to pets in Royal Oak, Birmingham, Berkley, Ferndale and Oak Park -- because we offer it right here at Woodside Animal Hospital.
The principles of veterinary acupuncture the same as those of acupuncture on humans, although the differences in anatomy call for variations on the actual acupuncture points used. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, life energy flows along internal lines called meridians, with disruptions in this flow resulting in disease or discomfort. Administering needles at specific acupuncture points redirects the life energy to restore health and wellness. Western medical science sees parallels between this philosophy and our understanding of how nerve pathways conduct countless signals that regulate physical systems. In this context, the needles alter nerve signaling to improve and normalize the body's internal communications. However you choose to look at it, acupuncture has proven itself remarkably effective for people and pets alike.
One of the greatest benefits of acupuncture is its ability to relieve pain. The presence of the needles just under the skin triggers the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkilling substances. This form of pain relief is a real boon to pets who are too old or too sick to handle heavy pain medications safely, especially since it can be administered as frequently as needed with no additional risks or side effects.
Our holistic veterinarian in Royal Oak, Dr. John Simon, frequently prescribes acupuncture as part of a "whole body" treatment regimen including multiple healing modalities. Acupuncture's ability to relieve pain and normalize physical function makes it a naturally effective technique for the treatment of a wide range of problems, including:
Acupuncture is both essentially painless and extremely safe for your dog or cat. The extraordinarily thin needles are well tolerated; in fact, pets welcome the relief from pain and other symptoms, and many find the treatments quite soothing. The number of treatment sessions your pet requires depends on the severity and stubbornness of the condition we're treating.
We'll be more than happy to give you more details on the value of veterinary acupuncture and determine whether your pet is a good candidate for this safe, gentle healing technique. Call Woodside Animal Hospital at 248-545-6630 to schedule an initial consultation!