Western Medical Acupuncture relies on a conventional medical workup and diagnosis, and differs from Traditional Chinese Acupuncture. Needles are used to stimulate the body’s own ability to modulate the nervous system. The placement of needles at specific points can induce the release of a variety of neurotransmitters, which can block pain and reduce inflammation.

If you feel your pet would benefit from acupuncture treatment, please don’t hesitate to ask our staff for more information.

rsz_champ_002-300x225.jpgOur Vancouver Animal Hospital offers acupuncture for dogs and cats.

Common Acupuncture Applications

  • Neurologic dysfunction
  • Musculo-skeletal diseases: arthritis, back and neck pain
  • Gastro-intestinal disorders
  • Cardiovascular/respiratory conditions
  • Urogenital ailments ie: urinary incontinence, cystitis
  • Pain and nausea secondary to cancer
  • Poor wound healing

Acupuncture can help heal your pet.

Equipment Required for Acupuncture

  • A comfortable bed or mat and your pet’s favourite treats
  • Cat owners should bring a bed or blanket that your cat likes
  • Acupuncture needles
  • Electro-Acupuncture when indicated

Acupuncture requires very specific equipment.If you have any questions about acupuncture please contact our Vancouver Animal Hospital.Acupuncture can be very relaxing for your pet.

Length of Acupuncture Sessions

rsz11Acupuncture sessions can be about an hour in length but shorter for follow up sessions.

This appointment involves the veterinarian:

  • Obtaining a complete history
  • A physical exam
  • A brief neurological exam
  • Discussion regarding any side effects
  • Expectations of the client
  • The initial treatment

This process will require about 60 minutes of your time as you are required to be there for the full session. Follow up appointments are scheduled for 30 minutes.

Acupuncture Results

  • It can take as many as 4-5 sessions to see a response
  • About 10% of patients are very sensitive and may sleep following treatment
  • A small percentage of patients may appear like they’re in pain at first, but this generally subsides following a few treatments

rsz98Our Animal Hospital in Vancouver now offers professional acupuncture for animals.

Acupuncture has become an accepted therapeutic modality in both human and veterinary medicine. It’s applications are numerous and ever expanding. Results will vary from patient to patient, however by and large our pets will benefit from this unique therapy and quality of life enhanced. We are excited to have a veterinarian who is qualified to bring this service to your beloved pets. A few points you should be aware of are listed below.

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