The use of veterinary acupuncture originated in China approximately 3000 years ago. However, it wasn’t until the early 1970’s that interest in this type of medicine reached the United States. Fortunately, it is now accepted by most veterinarians as an effective way to treat both small and large pets. Acupuncture has been proven to increase the life quality of man older pets, which otherwise would have been euthanized or medicated for life.
Myth: Acupuncture is only beneficial for pets with muscular-skeletal disorders.
Fact: This is far from the truth. Acupuncture can also be used to treat gastrointestinal, neurological, and dermatological problems.
Dr. Arlene Gardsbane is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist here at the Animal Place. She treats many of our patients using acupuncture; however the therapy may vary depending on the specific conditions. For instance, some pets are treated with hair-thin needles, while others with low-level electrical currents (Electro Acupuncture).
Normally, treatment sessions can take 10 seconds or up to 30 minutes. It is important to understand that sometimes it may take 4-6 treatments to notice results. However, some pets do experience instant improvements, such as increased energy and mobility.