Bird receiving acupuncture at Aspenwing Bird & Animal Hospital

Acupuncture for Pets

Dr. Jolynn Chappell and Dr. Sarah Abernathey are certified in veterinary acupuncture. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese Medical technique used to treat a variety of conditions ranging from chronic degenerative joint disease to respiratory, gastrointestinal, neurologic and urinary tract disorders.  It is also considered helpful in improving the body’s immune system and is especially helpful in relieving chronic pain. Technically, it is the process of stimulating precise points on the body to cause the release of chemical cascades, neurotransmitters and endorphins to modulate pain. Acupuncture has practical and measured scientific benefits and when used with pain management medications, physical therapy and weight loss plans, it can be extremely beneficial to the pet’s quality of life.

Acupuncture is used in a variety of pets including dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs and birds. Just as animals respond differently to medications, they may also respond differently to the acupuncture treatments.

 

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What is acupuncture? How does it help? When can it be used?

Acupuncture has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries and has recently been proven to have a neurophysiological effect when administered at specific points in the body. The needles used are hair- thin and are usually well tolerated by all species of animals including dogs, cats, birds, rabbits and many other species.

Acupuncture has been used in animals to help with a number of situations such as pain relief especially involving arthritic pain, gastrointestinal relief, easing muscle tension, chronic and acute inflammation and many more.

Many ask how we know the correct area to insert the needles; this is determined by a thorough knowledge of the acupuncture points, as well as the anatomy and physiology of the species being treated. Many times the animals become so relaxed they almost fall asleep during the treatment. For most conditions, the treatments need to be repeated to see complete and continuous results.