Acupuncture has been used for thousands to years to produce a healing response in the body by correcting energy imbalances. It involves inserting extremely thin, flexible needles into specific points of the body to stimulate the release of anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving hormones, and improve circulation.
It’s important to know that BEVS’ experienced veterinary acupuncturist— Pamela Levin, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVPP—not only is certified in this discipline by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, but she also is the only veterinarian in all of Vermont certified as a veterinary pain practitioner (CVPP). It’s a level of expertise you’ll only find here.
The conditions we treat
Pain management, one of the most frequent uses for acupuncture, is often integrated with other treatments. For example, acupuncture can help a pet undergoing chemotherapy for cancer feel more comfortable and better able to fight the illness.
- Musculoskeletal problems
Conditions such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, and back pain have been shown to respond to acupuncture, so it’s often used during rehabilitation after an injury or surgery
- Neurologic issues
Conditions such as spinal cord or nerve injury, fibrocartilagenous embolism (FCE), and intervertebral disc disease often respond to both acupuncture and electroacupuncture
- Gastrointestinal issues
Increased blood flow from acupuncture can help reduce nausea and diarrhea and stimulate appetite
At BEVS, we most commonly use acupuncture to treat pain, arthritis, intervertebral disc disease, gastrointestinal issues, and to improve the overall wellbeing of pets suffering from chronic medical issues and cancer. In some cases, acupuncture can reduce or eliminate the need for certain medications.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture is extremely well-tolerated by our four-legged patients. Once the needles are in place, many pets relax and fall asleep. The needles stay in place for 20–30 minutes and then are removed. For your pet’s additional comfort—and your peace of mind—you’re encouraged to stay with your pet during treatment.