What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient healing practice that originated in China. It is performed by placing very fine, sterile needles into specific points on the body. Most animals do not even notice the needles. The goal of acupuncture is to restore the body to its natural balance. Acupuncture has been used successfully for thousands of years to treat both animals and humans. It is a safe and gentle therapy that can be used as a sole treatment or integrated with conventional medical and surgical care.

Which patients may benefit from acupuncture?

Dogs and cats with the following can benefit from acupuncture and other aspects of Chinese Veterinary Medicine:

  • Arthritis and weakness
  • Intervertebral disk disease (IVDD)–herniated/ slipped disk
  • Back and Neck pain
  • Paralysis due to IVDD
  • Vestibular disease- a disorder of the balance center
  • Fever
  • Seizures
  • Ligament and Tendon Injury
  • Vomiting, Diarrhea, Poor appetite
  • Cancer–to stimulate appetite, support the immune system, relieve pain, suppress tumor growth
  • Adjunct treatment of many chronic diseases including Kidney failure and diseases of the liver, lungs, eyes
  • Behavioral issues and Cognitive dysfunction (Senility, Dementia)–especially when combined with Chinese herbal medicine
  • If conventional medical and /or surgical care presents excessive side effects or is less effective than desired.

What can I expect?

During the initial visit, there will be a review of your pet’s history, the current problem, a physical examination, and a discussion about your pet’s individual needs. A treatment plan and goal will be formulated and the first treatment will be given.  You will be present for the treatment. You may want to bring along a favorite treat, in case our selection of goodies does not appeal to your pet. We use soft lighting and calming music as well as a slow approach to alleviate anxiety. Anticipate 60-90 minutes for the first visit and 45 minutes for subsequent visits. The number of treatments and schedules depends on the individual patient and the severity of the problem. Some acute conditions are resolved with one treatment. Patients with chronic conditions generally respond within 3 to 5 sessions, given every 1 to 2 weeks. Treatments are then tapered to maintain the response.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Karen Collins in Telford Veterinary Hospital in Souderton, PA,  call (215) 687-6245.