What conditions is acupuncture used for?
Acupuncture is often used to treat problems that include paralysis, non-infectious inflammation (such as allergies), and pain. For small animals, such as the dogs at cats we see at Pet Pals, we often use acupuncture to treat conditions such as:
- Musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis or intervertebral disc pathology
- Skin problems such as lick granulomas
- Respiratory problems such as feline asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Gastrointestinal problems such as inflammatory bowel disease and diarrhea
In addition, regular acupuncture treatment can treat minor sports injuries as they occur and help to keep muscles and tendons resistant to injury. If your animals are involved in any athletic endeavor such as agility, flyball or showing, acupuncture can help keep them in top physical condition.
Is acupuncture painful?
For small animals, the insertion of acupuncture needles is virtually painless. Once the needles are in place, there should be no pain (unless the animal moves around excessively). Most animals become very relaxed and may even become sleepy. Nevertheless, acupuncture treatment may cause some sensation presumed to be those such as tingles, cramps or numbness which can occur in humans and which may be uncomfortable to some animals.