The goal of the holistic medicine & acupuncture service of the Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center is to provide the highest quality veterinary medical acupuncture to patients in need. Only cVMPs have completed extensive study and training in veterinary medicine acupuncture and passed multiple examinations.
Veterinary Medical Acupuncture is the insertion of narrow, sterile needles into specific points along the body as a means of communicating with the nervous system, blood vessels, muscles and connective tissue. This in turn stimulates the release of various chemical mediators that can alleviate pain, influence organ function, release tension in muscles, and restore homeostasis or balance. In short, acupuncture is a way of tapping into the body’s own pharmacology to aid in healing. Medical acupuncture is used in conjunction with other physical medicine modalities (e.g. massage, physical therapy, etc.), as well as conventional medical therapies, to provide a holistic approach to your pet’s medical condition or wellness regime.
Conditions treated with medical acupuncture
- Intervertebral disc disease
- Spinal cord and nerve injury
- Back and neck pain
- Digestive disorders
- Pre and Post-surgical pain
- Dermatologic issues
- And much more
What you can expect during a veterinary acupuncture treatment?
Acupuncture treatments are often well tolerated by animals. Our main goal is for the session to be as stress free and enjoyable as possible for both you and your pet. To aid in this positive experience we utilize relaxing music, offer yummy treats, and allow your pet to dictate the course of treatment that they are comfortable with.
During your pet’s appointment a complete medical history will be obtained. A myofascial exam will be performed to assess the muscles and connective tissues for areas of dysfunction. The myofascial exam incorporates elements of massage making it not only diagnostic, but therapeutic and enjoyable as well!
A new acupuncture consultation and treatment will typically last 60 minutes, and follow-up sessions may last 30 minutes. Three to five treatments are typically recommended before gauging response to treatment. The frequency of treatments is dependent on the condition(s) being treated, and is determined on a case-by-case basis. Please bring any pertinent medical documents, recent test results, and a list of your pet’s current medications and supplements with you to the appointment.
Your referring veterinarian will be updated on your pet’s progress and all records will be faxed to them immediately. Our staff is always available by phone to answer any questions you may have during and after your pet’s stay at VSEC.