Myths and Facts About Veterinary Acupuncture

Our veterinarian in Vancouver is here to discuss veterinary acupuncture for dogs in this blog post. Although many misconceptions surround it, it is a recognized form of treatment. We aim to dispel some of the myths and provide accurate information about this alternative therapy for pets.

What is acupuncture for pets? 

Acupuncture is an alternative therapy that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points of the body to stimulate healing and pain relief. Although it's widely known for being used in humans, acupuncture can also be used for animals, including pets. 

Pet acupuncture works in the same way as acupuncture in humans. The needles are inserted into specific points on the pet's body to stimulate the flow of energy, through the body. This can help to relieve pain and inflammation, improve circulation and promote relaxation. 

Acupuncture is often used in pets to treat a variety of conditions including arthritis, muscle pain, respiratory problems, digestive issues, and anxiety. It's also commonly used to promote overall wellness and balance in pets. 

The Myths About Veterinary Acupuncture

It is a Painful Treatment for Pets

Did you know that most dogs don't get scared or feel any pain during acupuncture? In fact, they often relax so much that they fall asleep,

Acupuncture is a Placebo Treatment

Some people think dog acupuncture only works because of the placebo effect, which is when someone thinks a treatment will help and then it does.

However, dogs don't think that way, so acupuncture's effectiveness in them is not due to a placebo. Scientists still don't fully understand how acupuncture works, but there is evidence that it can relieve pain and inflammation by releasing natural chemicals in the body.

In fact, acupuncture can help treat many conditions in pets, like muscle pain, digestion problems, breathing issues, and nerve disorders. In some cases, acupuncture may be a better option than traditional medications because it doesn't have as many side effects or drug interactions. 

It's a One-Time Treatment

While some pets may experience immediate relief after their first acupuncture treatment, most pets require a series of treatments to see lasting results. The exact number of treatments required will depend on the condition being treated, as well as the individual pet's response to acupuncture. In general, a course of acupuncture treatment may consist of 4 - 6 week sessions. 

Acupuncture is Just a New Trendy Treatment

While acupuncture has gained popularity in recent years as an alternative therapy for pets, it's important to note that it's far from a new or trendy treatment. In fact, acupuncture has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 3,000 years. Additionally, acupuncture is often used in conjunction with traditional veterinary medicine to provide a holistic approach to pet healthcare. 

There are Bad Side Effects

Don't worry, acupuncture for dogs won't give them hepatitis or any other type of condition. In the US, licensed acupuncturists use disposable needles for both humans and animals, so it's safe. Some pet owners worry that their dogs will be hurt or bruised during the treatment, but it's actually a gentle process and dogs are unlikely to be injured. 

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

If you're curious about whether acupuncture could benefit your pet and want to know more, reach out to our Vancouver vets. They're available for consultations and can help you schedule an appointment.