A gentle, non-invasive, holistic approach.
Acupuncture is a complementary therapy used to treat sick and injured pets. This particular treatment is especially helpful for animals living with chronic health conditions such as arthritis.
Centuries ago, acupuncture originated in ancient China and has since been used to promote healing and balance energy. The process involves placing thin, sterilized needles into specific parts of the body, known as acupuncture points, to stimulate the immune system.
Acupuncture can be used to provide relief from the following conditions:
- Neck and/or back pain
- Arthritis and musculoskeletal injuries
- Cancer and symptoms associated with chemotherapy
- Respiratory problems such as asthma
- Skin problems such as allergies
- Acute and chronic conditions that have not responded to traditional medicine
- Acute and chronic conditions that are currently being treated with traditional medicine
Additionally, acupuncture aids in neurological recovery, immune system support, and senior pet care.
How will my pet react to veterinary acupuncture?
Luckily, most pets accept veterinary acupuncture with ease. Of the few that initially dislike needles, many become receptive over time. Because acupuncture needles are so fine, pets rarely experience any discomfort and most lie down to rest during the session.
Treatments are relaxing, balancing, and tailored to each individual patient. The number of sessions your pet will require is based on the issue being addressed as well as their response to treatment. For some pets, three to eight initial treatments will suffice while, for others, a single session every three to four weeks works best. Every session lasts approximately 30 minutes.
Acupuncture services at Wauwatosa Veterinary Clinic are provided by Dr. Elaine Binor, DVM, CVA, CCRP. Dr. Binor studied Acupuncture through Colorado State University and uses a Western veterinary medical acupuncture approach to this modality. She has been practicing Acupuncture since 2013.
If you’d like to learn more about acupuncture or you’d like to schedule a consultation for your pet, call us at (414) 475-5155.