Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into specific points in the patient stimulating a physiologic response or “Qi” to help the body heal itself. Stimulation of acupuncture points affects the nervous system and can lead to an increase in circulation, decrease in muscle spasm and release of the body’s own pain killing substances known as neurotransmitters and hormones. These substances can decrease pain sensation and help regulate the immune system

What conditions can be treated with Acupuncture?

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat many conditions including musculoskeletal, neurologic, gastrointestinal and dermatologic conditions. At BEVS, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat arthritis, intervertebral disc disease, seizures, gastrointestinal issues and to improve the general wellbeing in pets suffering from chronic medical issues and cancer. In some cases, acupuncture can reduce or eliminate the need for chronic medications.

Is Acupuncture painful?

Acupuncture is generally not painful and very well tolerated by our patients. Upon placement of the needles, many pets will relax and fall asleep. The needles stay in place for 20–30 minutes and then are removed. We encourage clients to stay with their pet during the treatment session.

What to expect during first visit

All new patients will be asked to fill out a mobility questionnaire prior to the time of consultation. A thorough medical history and physical exam, including assessment of stance, gait, functional mobility, joint range of motion, muscle strength, and neurologic status will be performed. Upon completion of the exam, an overall assessment and diagnosis will be determined and a plan for treatment will be discussed. Additionally, medications, supplements, nutritional recommendations or complementary therapies such as rehabilitation or therapeutic laser may be recommended.