Did you know that acupuncture is growing very rapidly in the world of veterinary medicine? This ancient treatment has found a whole new fan base … and many of them are furry, four-legged, and adorable. A Bend, OR vet lists some interesting facts about acupuncture and pets in this article.
TCVM is an umbrella term, one which encompasses several different branches of medicine. For pets, these include acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutritional therapy, and massage. Though TCVM overlaps with modern Western medicine in many ways, the thinking behind it is very different, as it is focused on the flow and balance of energies in the body.
One of the best things about acupuncture is that you don’t have to choose between using it and more standard treatments. In most cases, they work very well together. In fact, they often complement each other. For instance, a dog that is undergoing chemo may also benefit from acupuncture, which can help relieve nausea.
Acupuncture and other forms of TCVM can help pets who suffer from a wide range of health issues. These include things like arthritis, hip dysplasia, sprains, degenerative joint disease, intervertebral disc disease, tendonitis, and injuries, to name just a few. It can even soothe pets that have stress and/or depression!
More and more studies are revealing the benefits of acupuncture, and mapping how it can help both us and our four-legged friends. Many of the research being done on the use of Chinese medicine on humans can also apply to pets. For instance, one study by the National Institute of Health showed acupuncture was helpful in managing arthritis and musculoskeletal pain in humans. These conditions manifest very similarly in pets and people, so it stands to reason that, in this case, what helps us will also help Fido.
Many people balk at the thought of having tiny needles inserted into them. Pets, however, don’t have any preconceived notions about the topic: they just go by how it feels. As it turns out, many of our furry patients visibly relax during their sessions. Ask your vet for more information.
Do you think your pet would benefit from acupuncture or other forms of TCVM? Contact us, your Bend, OR pet acupuncture clinic, today!