Pet Acupuncture at Benessere Animal Hospital
When your pet is sick, injured, or suffering from a chronic pain condition, you may already be thinking of specific treatment methods that might work for him, from medications to surgery. But have you ever considered scheduling your pet for a course of acupuncture treatments? Acupuncture provides many of the same healing benefits to pets as it does to their human masters. Here at Benessere Animal Hospital in Greensboro, NC, we’re proud to provide this ancient yet highly sophisticated technique for helping pets like yours enjoy a higher quality of life.
A Time-Tested Form of Healing and Pain Relief
Documentation of acupuncture goes back thousands of years — and some of that documentation describes its use on animals. Ancient Eastern healers thought of the body as containing energy pathways called meridians. The life energy flowing through those meridians governed health and wellness, while an obstruction of that energy flow could cause illness and pain. The solution developed by these healers was a complex “map” of acupuncture points. By inserting needles in different combinations of these points, the healers could redirect the dysfunctional energy flow to restore a state of well-being.
Modern medicine has come to embrace acupuncture on a scientific basis, noting that the needles appear to alter how nerve signals are conducted through the body. The presence of needles also seems to trigger the release of pain-relieving chemicals called endorphins. Certification to perform veterinary acupuncture is provided through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society.
When Does Acupuncture Make Sense? Common Conditions Treated
How can acupuncture help your pet, and when might it be indicated? Pain relief is one obvious benefit, especially for conditions that might otherwise require constant doses of medication. Acupuncture offers a safe, non-pharmaceutical way to control the pain of arthritis, chronic strain, dysplasia, acute injuries, or post-operative recovery.
But acupuncture can do much more than simply relieve pain. Its ability to affect the nervous system gives it a measure of control over all kinds of symptoms and conditions by helping your pet’s body function more normally. Our Greensboro veterinarian may recommend acupuncture for:
- Respiratory conditions
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Skin issues and allergies
- Reproductive disorders
- Neurological complaints
Acupuncture does not cause pain for pets because the needles are so thin and so gently inserted. In fact, certain acupuncture points actually promote relaxation, helping your pet feel even more comfortable during his procedure.
Learn More From Our Greensboro Veterinarian
If you’re intrigued by the possibilities of pet acupuncture for your own beloved companion, take this opportunity to learn more from our Greensboro veterinarians. Contact Benessere Animal hospital at (336) 897-1505 to schedule an evaluation and consultation!