At Perkins Veterinary Clinic, in Perkins, OK, we dedicate ourselves to making sure your four-legged friends stay healthy. If they've been ill, rest assured we do everything we can to get them back on the road to health.
While we use the most advanced methods and medications, we never shy away from natural, homeopathic treatments, like acupuncture. While it's not a magic cure, it is a helpful tool when used alongside traditional medicine.
Acupuncture is the practice of using very small needles to stimulate nerve pathways which can provide relief from various symptoms caused by an array of ailments and conditions.
For humans, conditions that can be treated with acupuncture include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Headaches and migraines
- Muscle pain
Obviously, cats and dogs do not suffer from all of the ailments listed above, so how does pet acupuncture work?
Just like human acupuncture, pet acupuncture is not to be thought of as a replacement or cure for any disease or dysfunction. However, it has been shown to relieve symptoms and discomfort from a variety of conditions.
Simply, acupuncture can alleviate pain and make conditions more tolerable. Your pet can be treated by a veterinarian acupuncturist for numerous ailments, including:
- Stomach or intestinal distress
- Loss of appetite
- Chronic pain due to aging, surgery, etc.
- Organ failure
- Skin problems (eczema, acne, etc.)
If your pet suffers from a condition that you think acupuncture may help, make sure to talk with your veterinarian first. He or she can help you decide if acupuncture will help your pet’s individual needs. Your vet will then be able to recommend one of the over 150,000 vet acupuncturists that are in the United States. It's important to ensure that the acupuncturist you choose is certified as well.
What Will Happen at the First Appointment?
When you and your pet arrive at the first acupuncture appointment, the acupuncturist will go over records from your primary vet and do his or her own exam and assessment. The acupuncturist will then discuss the plan with you, and upon your approval, will start the treatment.
A session usually lasts about 20 to 30 minutes. Though pets may be nervous at first, most calm down and become quite relaxed. After the first session, you can expect your pet to be a bit sore for 24 hours.
The recommended treatment schedule is 2 to 3 times per week, depending on the reason for the visit. It may take a while to see results, but most pet owners have reported improvement after several visits.
Call Us Today!
Whether you are looking for more information on pet acupuncture, need a well-visit appointment, flea medication, or anything else, Perkins Veterinary Clinic is happy to assist you. Give us a call at (405) 547-2442!