Veterinary Acupuncture: Homeopathic & Holistic Options for Your Pet
Recognizing the need for holistic veterinary medicine options in the Boise area, Intermountain Pet Hospital is pleased to offer acupuncture services for dogs and cats.
What is veterinary acupuncture?
As an ancient form of holistic medicine, acupuncture is based on viewing the body as a system that has a natural flow of electrical energy. Using hair-thin needles inserted virtually painlessly under the skin, the nervous system is activated in the underlying muscles, causing the release of pain-blocking chemicals throughout the body and encouraging a healing response.
How can veterinary acupuncture help my pet?
Because acupuncture is minimally invasive and does not require the use of medication, it is a very safe procedure when completed by a licensed veterinarian who has completed acupuncture training. Intermountain Pet Hospital uses acupuncture to treat a wide variety of pet conditions including:
- Chronic pain
- Degenerative joint disease
- Recovery from injury
- Surgical recovery
What should I expect when bringing my pet in for acupuncture?
Acupuncture is performed in a room we have designed to be especially calming and comfortable for the pet. In this relaxed environment, the veterinarian will place the acupuncture needles in specific locations according to the condition being addressed.
Because the needles are hair-thin, the pets typically have no reaction to the needles being placed and tend to become even more relaxed throughout the session. Sessions last 30-60 minutes and the number of visits needed varies according to the condition being treated.
Has acupuncture been proven to work?
Many studies have been done on acupuncture and its effects on the body. For more information, visit these websites:
- International Veterinary Acupuncture
- American Animal Hospital Association's Healthy Pet
- American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture
At your pet's health exam, our veterinarians will evaluate your pet's condition and, if acupuncture would be of benefit, you will be referred to our acupuncturist.