While the thought of sticking tiny, thin needles might scare some people, acupuncture is a popular pain management technique now available for felines and canines. It is a form of integrative medicine founded in traditional Chinese medicine. At Albert North Veterinary Clinic, we use it with conventional Western medicine to help alleviate pain and inflammation affecting dogs and cats. To know more about acupuncture services or to book an appointment, feel free to call us at 306-545-7211.
What conditions are treated using acupuncture?
At our clinic, we use acupuncture to help lessen pain for patients who suffer from conditions such as:
- Intervertebral disc disease
- Muscle/tendon/ligament injuries
How does acupuncture work?
Long, thin needles are inserted strategically at key points in the body. This leads to an increase in blood flow at the insertion points. It also releases endorphins – the body’s pain relievers – thus helping to alleviate discomfort and inflammation. It helps dogs and cats when their nerves are affected. For example, if they are unable to move their back legs, it can mean the nerves are having trouble sending a message to the brain. Acupuncture stimulates the nerves, and so they can work more effectively.
Do dogs and cats feel the pain during acupuncture?
Acupuncture needles are thinner than needles used for vaccinations. Your pet might feel very little pain and only during the needle insertion. It might be stressful for dogs and cats that are overwhelmed by visiting the vet or when they have to stay still for some time. If this is the case, please don’t hesitate to share with us before the session so we can make the proper accommodations.