Acupuncture for Pets in Manassas, VA
Is your pet’s medication giving them unpleasant side effects? Are they unable to take an additional medication because it could cause adverse effects when given with another? In situations such as these, it can be difficult to find a solution that keeps your pet’s treatment on track without compromising their health. At Prince William Animal Hospital in Manassas, we’re happy to offer acupuncture for pets as an integrative therapy that works hand in hand with medication and other forms of treatment. Both dogs and cats can benefit from acupuncture therapy, which, in simple terms, encourages the body to heal itself.
What Exactly is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine which has been used to treat humans for thousands of years. Only recently has it gained traction in veterinary medicine, offering pet parents a safer, less invasive treatment option for their dogs and cats. Much like human acupuncture, pet acupuncture involves applying very thin needles to areas on the body where nerve bundles, blood vessels, and connective tissue intersect. When the needles are placed along these “meridians,” they trigger the release of endorphins and other pain-relieving substances.
Conditions We Treat with Acupuncture
Pet acupuncture can be used in the management or treatment of many different conditions in dogs and cats, including:
- Back pain
- Muscle spasms
- Arthritis (joint inflammation)
- Traumatic injuries/surgery
- Kidney and liver disease
- Cushing’s disease
- …and more
The Physical Benefits of Acupuncture for Dogs and Cats
What actually takes place after a dog or cat has undergone acupuncture treatment? The goal is to benefit your pet in the following ways:
- Create muscle relaxation to relieve pain
- Improve blood flow and oxygenation
- Remove toxins and metabolic waste from the body
- Relieve pain and promote healing without the risk of adverse side effects
We would be happy to answer any questions you have about pet acupuncture. Call (703) 361-5223 to learn more.