What is Acupuncture? Acupuncture is defined as the placement of needles within specific anatomical locations on the body to promote or stimulate a healing effect. Acupuncture is best utilized in combination with traditional Western medicine including medications and supplements. While acupuncture is not a cure-all, it can be very helpful when utilized for pets with specific conditions.
What are the common ailments treated with acupuncture? Acupuncture is primarily indicated for physical or function conditions. These include such problems as: Musculoskeletal pain, including a sprain/strain, chronic injury, arthritis, and hip dysplasia. Muscle weakness, often caused by trauma and arthritis. Neurological deficits, such as those with back injuries and trauma. Noninfectious inflammation, such as allergies and skin irritation.
How does acupuncture work? Acupuncture promotes healing by stimulating specific nerves and muscles, increasing blood flow and circulation, and releasing hormones such as endorphins and cortisol (a natural steroid). Acupuncture can also relieve muscle spasms and speed healing.
What should I expect from acupuncture? Acupuncture, when used in conjunction with traditional therapies, can be used to help your pet heal and/or to relieve pain. The initial acupuncture visit includes a complete physical exam, review of your pets medical history and current treatments, and a specially tailored treatment plan to address your pets specific ailments. You should plan to schedule 2 treatments per week for the first 2-3 weeks, followed by a tapering frequency, depending on your pets' specific response and condition. Improvement is usually seen within the first 4 treatments and pets generally experience gradual improvement with subsequent treatments. Each treatment session lasts about 20-30 minutes; the needles are left in place for a total of about 10 minutes.
The following website offers some additional information: https://www.ivas.org. If you would like additional information, please feel free to call Dr. Haydt.
The initial visit is $95 and includes a full exam, review of history and records, and treatment with a specific acupuncture plan formulated for your pet. Follow up visits are $60 and include a review of your pets response, a brief exam, and the next acupuncture treatment.