Acupuncture is the inserting of very fine needles into specific points of the body to improve health and cure ailments.
Veterinary acupuncture is acupuncture that is preformed on animals by vets or acupuncturists, for getting the desired healing in domestic as well as exotic animals.
What is veterinary acupuncture?
Pets such as dogs and cats and domestic animals such as cows and horses are the animals that are most commonly given acupuncture treatments. In addition, rabbits, ferrets, and birds can also be treated with acupuncture.
People who themselves eschew conventional therapies such as drugs and surgery may opt for vet acupuncture for their pets as well to reduce their pet’s pain and suffering.
Some places require that only certified veterinarians perform acupuncture on animals whereas elsewhere, others are also permitted to offer the therapy.
Pet acupuncture was first tried in the 1970’s and has gained a lot of popularity since then.
In the last decade or so, the demand for this therapy has increased significantly, with pet owners increasingly looking for natural ways to deal with their pet’s health issues.
What is veterinary acupuncture used for?
This treatment is in great demand since it can treat a range of animal ailments such as gastrointestinal problems, degenerative joint disease, chronic pain, urinary tract disorders, hip dysplasia, and respiratory ailments and so on.
Even nervous problems such as facial nerve paralysis and musculoskeletal problems can respond to animal acupuncture. Skin problems, asthma and pet reproductive problems also may respond to this treatment.
One of the particular uses of veterinary acupuncture is among performing or athletic animals. Like animals that are used for jumping, showing, racing and other competitive activities.
How well do animals tolerate animal acupuncture?
Anyone who has taken their pet to the vet for their routine immunizations will know that getting a pet to submit to therapy can be difficult indeed. So it would be natural wonder how pets respond to having fine needles inserted at various points of their bodies.
It has been seen that pets actually tolerate acupuncture quite swell. They generally feel no pain and often seem to visibly relax during a veterinary acupuncture session, even at times getting sleepy. Pet acupuncture is safe and largely painless for the animal. In some cases, there could be some side effects such as numbness, tingling or cramps which are some of the human side effects of acupuncture as well.