Veterinary Acupuncture – Are You Ready to Make Your Pet a Pin Cushion?
Imagine seeing your pet laying on a table with needles sticking out of various parts of their body. While this image may be a bit shocking, it would be the image you will see if you choose to use Veterinary acupuncture. Before you run away screaming, stop and think about why you may want to consider this form of treatment.
Having dogs, cats, and other pets always comes with one big hazard. Our pets manage to become part of our family, and when old age or illness starts causing them pain the entire family feels it. Watching our pet struggling to get up into their favorite chair and wincing in pain can almost bring a tear to our eye. We do not wish to see them suffer.
We head to the vet and they start recommending pain killers, surgery, or other forms of treatment. Some veterinarians have discovered another alternative which can often give these pets tremendous relief. They have discovered using acupuncture on our pets can be just as effective for animals as it is for humans.
Acupuncture works on the theory of our body having energy meridians, or nerve centers, which when properly stimulated can cause adjustments in our bodies responses and healing, giving both temporary relief and sometimes longer term healing. Our pets bodies are similar to our own in many ways. Their bodies are filled with nerves, energy flow, and the same life energy and spirit we have. By treating them in a similar manner they get similar relief.
The challenge for you is going to be finding a vet, or pet therapist who does veterinary acupuncture. The practice is growing in acceptance and popularity, but in many communities it is simply not available yet. If your vet does not offer the service, ask them if they know where you may be able to find a qualified acupuncturist. If he comes up blank you can do a search online or browse through your yellow pages.
Going to a normal acupuncturists office is not going to do you much good. They have not studied animal anatomy and physiology to know the proper locations for using the acupuncture needles on your pet. Some of them may be willing to try, explaining they can feel the energy flow through their hands and determine the right spot. Your pet will be in better hands if you take the time to find someone trained in the art of veterinary acupuncture.
Is veterinary acupuncture a sure fire solution for pain management with all pets? The answer is an absolute no. There is no method of treatment which is effective for humans or our pets all the time. It can be highly effective for many pets, and gives you another option you can explore with the help of your vet. Pain does not need to be a constant problem for your pet, it can be managed through the use of acupuncture.