Veterinary Acupuncture

At TangleWilde Veterinary Clinic, we strive to provide well-rounded care. To achieve this goal, we offer both holistic services and traditional veterinary medicine. One holistic treatment we provide is veterinary acupuncture, which has been shown to impart a whole host of physiological benefits to pets. We especially recommend acupuncture for pets who are sick, injured, or living with chronic illnesses. Dr. Jessica Parkerson received accreditation as a certified Veterinary Acupuncturist through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. She has gone through extensive, additional training relating to muscle physiology, anatomy and acupuncture techniques.

What Is Veterinary Acupuncture?

Having been used to promote holistic health and wellness for thousands of years, acupuncture is one of the oldest documented medical practices. Although it is a much more recent practice, veterinary acupuncture is based on the same principles as acupuncture for people.
Acupuncture’s eastern origins are based on the idea that energy flows throughout the body. Stimulating and releasing certain points within this force, using very small needles, provides health benefits. In western acupuncture traditions, practitioners focus on stimulating the nervous system, circulatory system, and musculoskeletal system using similar pressure points to produce positive physiological effects.

Benefits of Veterinary Acupuncture

Acupuncture imparts holistic benefits, meaning it improves the overall function of the body and its ability to heal itself. As a result, it’s useful for a variety of ailments, including:
  • Chronic pain and arthritis
  • Chronic infections
  • Injury recovery
  • Respiratory problems
  • Skin conditions
  • Heart problems
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Allergies

What to Expect During Your Pet's Acupuncture Appointment

In order to keep pets calm and minimize their stress, we usually recommend that pet parents wait outside the treatment room during a pet’s acupuncture session. Acupuncture is safe and virtually pain-free. Pets might experience a slight poking sensation when a needle is first inserted, but otherwise acupuncture causes pets no pain.
Your pet’s appointment could last anywhere from a few minutes to an hour, depending on the number of acupressure points to be stimulated and the indicated duration of stimulation for your pet’s specific condition and response. Most pets experience some immediate relief from their pain and other symptoms. They often become extremely relaxed during acupuncture treatments, and many even fall asleep.
Each pet is different and, as a result, will have a different response to their acupuncture sessions. Pets with acute concerns or injuries will likely benefit from acupuncture appointments scheduled regularly throughout their healing process. Pets suffering from chronic conditions, such as arthritis or allergies, will likely find ongoing acupuncture appointments most beneficial for managing their symptoms and slowing the progression of disease.

Schedule an Acupuncture Consultation Today

If your pet suffers from a chronic illness, acute infection, or is recovering from an injury, acupuncture, used in conjunction with traditional treatments, could provide them significant relief and help them feel better more quickly. For more information about acupuncture or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.