posted: Apr. 27, 2019.
Did you know that Canyon Animal Hospital offers acupuncture for your pet? Dr. Brower has been a
certified acupuncturist since 2008 and has helped hundreds of patient with both chronic and acute
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a ancient Chinese method of diagnosis and medical treatment. It involves inserting a small
gauge needle into specific points to obtain a desired healing effect. In traditional Chinese medicine,
disease is the result of an imbalance of energy flow in the body. Acupuncture is believed to balance this
energy by redirecting its flow and thereby assisting the body to heal. It is a method to encourage natural
healing and improve normal body function.
In Western terms, the healing effects of acupuncture can be linked to certain repeatable physiologic
changes. It has been proven to increase blood circulation, release hormones and neurotransmitters like
endorphins (pain control), serotonin (a calming agent), and cortisol (a natural steroid), stimulate nerve
function, relieve muscle spasm, and stimulate the immune system.
Ongoing research continues to prove the effectiveness of acupuncture.
What conditions are acupuncture effective for?
Musculoskeletal problems- chronic and acute problems including arthritis, intervertebral disk disease,
spondylosis, hip and elbow dysplasia, muscle spasms, sprains
Neurologic problems- weakness and paralysis, vestibular disease and seizure disorders
Dermatologic problems- allergic skin disease, lick granulomas
Respiratory problems- rhinitis, asthma
Gastrointesinal problems- irritable bowel disease, vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia, constipation,
Urinary problems- incontinence and cystitis
It is common to use acupuncture, with other therapeutic modalities, including conventional western
treatments. By integrating both conventional and alternative therapies we can achieve the best results for
What is involved in an acupuncture treatment?
The length and frequency of an acupuncture tretament depends on the patient and
condition being treated. Initial acupuncture appointment are approximately 1 hour in
duration. A full medical history will be taken as well as a full physical exam, followed by
an acupuncture treatment. Follow-up appointements last about 30 minutes.
Simple acute problems, such as a sprain, may require one treatment, whereas more severe
or chronic ailments may need several treatments. Positive results are generally seen within
the first few sessions.
When multiple treatments are needs, the typically begin intenstively and are tapered to
maximum efficiency. Usually pets with chronic problems will begin to show improvement
within 3-5 treatments. Once stabilized, many pets with chronic conditions can be
maintained on just a few treatments per year.