Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Acupuncturists believe that illness occurs when something blocks or unbalances the chi (â€œlife energyâ€). Acupuncture can be used to treat acute or chronic ailments, strengthen the immune system, and relieve pain.
Acupuncture, like traditional medicine, begins with gathering information about your petâ€™s medical history. In addition to temperature, pulse, respiration, listening to the heart and lungs, and palpating the abdomen as in a traditional exam, we also feel the pulses and look at the tongue. This integrative approach offers us many windows into the internal functioning of your pet. All this information is used to create a treatment plan for your petâ€™s health issues.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pet Acupuncture:
Do the needles hurt?
Most pets react favorably to acupuncture. The needles are a very thin diameter and some pets feel mild discomfort when the needle is first placed through the skin. They usually forget about the needles within seconds.
How long do the needles remain in?
The needles stay in for ten to fifteen minutes per treatment.
How often does my pet need acupuncture?
The length of time between sessions and total length of treatment depends on the condition being treated. Usually treatments are once per week, for four to six weeks until the desired affect is achieved, then treatments are every two to four weeks.
What types of conditions are treated with acupuncture?
All diseases can be successfully treated with acupuncture, from coughs to anxiety to chronic pain. Acupuncture works incredibly well for nerve damage and chronic musculoskeletal pain.
Westside Pet Hospital
133 SW Century Dr #102
Bend, Oregon 97702
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Monday - Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm
Evening appointments by arrangement.