In modern veterinary medicine, these acupoints correspond to areas of nerve clusters and the needles inserted stimulate physiological changes including increased blood circulation, the release of endorphins (the body’s natural pain killers), muscle relaxation, and more. At Park Ridge Animal Hospital, our veterinarian Dr. Rosenblum is experienced in performing dog and cat acupuncture.
When do We Recommend Pet Acupuncture?
We generally use pet acupuncture as a complement to traditional medical treatment; however, it can sometimes reduce or even eliminate the need for medication. Common conditions we use it for include:
- Post-operatively, particularly for orthopedic surgeries
- Musculoskeletal disorders such as intervertebral disc disease or arthritis
- Joint or nerve injuries
- Allergies and skin conditions
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Neurological conditions
- Chronic pain
- Preventatively for athletic pets who are more prone to injury
How do Pets Respond to Acupuncture?
Acupuncture, when performed by a trained veterinarian, is completely safe. Adverse reactions are very rare, and most pets tend to take the treatment very well. Many pets tend to even fall asleep during treatment! Dr. Rosenblum develops a specific plan for your pet and monitors their condition throughout treatment to ensure it continues to benefit them.