Approaching pet care holistically, especially when dealing with anxiety or trauma, may be a smart move. Some pet owners are now opting to use pet acupuncture to treat their cats, dogs, and other pets. Veterinary acupuncture may offer different health benefits for your pet. If you’re looking for a veterinarian Long Beach residents can benefit from, call us at Cats & Dogs Animal Hospital in Long Beach, CA, to discuss holistic treatment options.

The Basics of Pet Acupuncture

Pet acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine that involves the insertion of small needles at specific points in an animal’s body to promote healing and relieve pain. This practice is popular among us humans. It is based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, which holds that the body has channels of energy, or qi, that flow through it. Illness, pain, trauma, and anxiety may occur when the flow of qi is blocked or disrupted throughout the body. However, we know that the pain relief properties of acupuncture are derived from the release of endorphins cause by the needles that are inserted in special areas. Pet acupuncture may relieve trauma and mental conditions, like anxiety or depression.

Pet acupuncture might be used in conjunction with other forms of veterinary medicine, including anti-anxiety medications, to provide a more holistic approach to pet care. Rather than replacing other forms of care, acupuncture might be used to supplement them. Varying treatment types may help ensure that the root causes of your pet’s anxiety and trauma are addressed.

Does Pet Acupuncture Hurt? Are Pets Sedated?

Many people think that acupuncture is like getting a shot. However, that’s not actually the case. Among both humans and pets, acupuncture should produce minimal pain. We might probe the areas where these the pet will get acupuncture to see if there is feeling there and if the pet will feel the insertion of the needle.

Acupuncture may not be recommended for skittish or hyper pets. If a pet will not sit still, then if till be difficult to get the needles in to do the procedure.

Visit Us for Pet Acupuncture from a Veterinarian on Our Veterinary Team at Our Animal Hospital

If you’d like to explore pet acupuncture to address trauma and anxiety and are looking for a Veterinarian Long Beach residents can benefit from, stop by Cats & Dogs Animal Hospital in Long Beach, CA. Call us at (562) 439-4228 for more information from our animal hospital.

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