Veterinary Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine
- Degenerative joint disease/arthritis
- Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD)
- Pain management
- Neurological disorders
- Sports medicine
- Post surgical/injury rehabilitation
How does a typical appointment work?
Your pet is brought in for a 45 minute initial acupuncture consultation with our doctors, where a thorough history and physical examination will be performed. The doctor will look at your pet’s tongue, feel its pulses, and decide on a treatment plan. Single, sterile use needles will be placed into acupuncture points on your pet’s body and left in for a pre-designated period of time. Occasionally, needles will be hooked up to a small electrical conduction unit to increase stimulation, or the doctor may choose to inject an acupuncture point with saline or B12. Most pets tolerate the needles very well and generally appear to enjoy acupuncture. For those too sensitive to needles, alternative plans can be made for therapy.
How often are appointments typically required?
It ultimately depends on the patient, but it is recommended to start with once weekly or bi-weekly treatments to assess progress and treatment success. When your pet begins to improve, longer periods between appointment may be made. Some patients are seen once monthly for “tune-ups”, some are seen every 6 months to a year.
How long until I see results?
Acupuncture is unfortunately not a single cure for most diseases. A multi-modal treatment approach is best. Some patients may see significant improvement after one treatment. Other times, it may take a few treatments, and some may see no improvement at all. We recommend starting with 4 treatments and assessing how your pet does after each treatment. It may take time to show results and rarely, may not lead to improvement at all. Dr. Xie, founder of veterinary acupuncture, states that it may take ~1/2 the time that the disease has been going on to see significant improvement.