Fort Lauderdale’s Top Animal Acupuncturist Explains the Benefits
The Fort Lauderdale area’s favorite pet hospital, DPC Veterinary Hospital now offers acupuncture treatment for dogs and cats in the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood area.
Acupuncture has been used for centuries to treat both humans and animals for a variety of medical conditions. The traditional explanation of how acupuncture works is based on a person's or animal's "chi" or "river of energy." When the river is obstructed, the body cannot function as designed and needles are used to disrupt the blockage or reroute the energy.
A modern description of acupuncture focuses on using "needling" to release specific chemicals in muscles, the spinal cord and the brain, which in turn enhance the performance of organs. Enabling this "chemical communication" between body parts is at the heart of acupuncture's curative therapy.
What Can Pet Acupuncture Treat?
The principal advantage of acupuncture is as an alternative, drug free treatment that is highly tolerated by pets for a number of conditions including:
- Musculoskeletal conditions
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Respiratory problems
- Neurologic concerns
- Stress relief
- And of course pain
It's important to remember that pet acupuncture should only be practiced by an experienced veterinarian. Your vet will decide when acupuncture is an appropriate therapy for your pet's condition.
The process itself is pretty simple. The vet examines your pet and then inserts a series of sterile, ultra-sharp needles at the points that can best treat the ailment. Most pets don't even notice the needles because one of the side effects of acupuncture is total relaxation. Sometimes this relaxed state lasts longer than the treatment and pet owners become concerned that their four legged buddy has become lethargic but the effect eventually wears off.
Depending on the condition being treated, acupuncture may require several sessions to achieve the desired results.
At DPC Veterinary Hospital we are one of a very few pet health care providers who offer pet acupuncture treatments to the Hollywood/Fort Lauderdale area. If you have questions regarding animal acupuncture call our office today and speak to one of our friendly technicians for all the details.