Healing Naturally with Acupuncture for Dogs and Cats

Using small needles to help your pet heal might seem counterproductive. But, having been used for centuries to heal humans, acupuncture has now become an effective tool for treating pets. We’re excited to have a veterinarian on staff who is skilled in acupuncture for dogs and cats and offers a safer alternative to other treatment methods.

If you are interested in learning more or would like to request an appointment, contact us today!

Acupuncture for Dogs in River North, IL

How Does It Work?

Acupuncture treatment sets in motion a variety of complex processes within the body. It all begins with inserting very thin needles at different points where blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue come together. This stimulates the nerves and causes the body to release various pain-relieving hormones, including endorphins.

In addition to releasing hormones, acupuncture also increases blood circulation and relieves painful muscle spasms.

Are There Any Side Effects?

There are few, if any, side effects associated with this treatment. In addition, there is no risk of acupuncture interfering with any medications your pet might be taking at the same time. It is, however, normal for some pets to feel a little sore after their treatment, but this should fade within 24 hours.

Conditions that Respond Well to Acupuncture

In our experience, pet acupuncture has proven most effective in helping to treat these conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Seizures
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Skin conditions
  • Degenerative joint diseases

How Long Does Treatment Take?

Your pet's condition determines the length and duration of their treatment. More advanced and severe conditions simply take longer to improve. Furthermore, individual treatments can take anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour. Despite involving needles, pet acupuncture can actually be very soothing and relaxing for our patients.