Acupuncture is the process of inserting thin needles into specific parts of the body to trigger a healing response. The areas in which a needle is placed will elicit a different healing reaction. Although it is often known for its use on humans, acupuncture has been used on animals for thousands of years. At Cats and Dogs Animal Hospital, we are one of just a few practices that offer acupuncture for pets in Long Beach, and veterinarian Dr. Brianna Abel performs it.

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What Problems Can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture can be used as a stand-alone treatment or in conjunction with other veterinary treatments. Clinical research indicates that acupuncture can address the following medical issues in animals, large and small:

  • Arthritis
  • Traumatic nerve injuries
  • Sore backs or intervertebral disk disease
  • Respiratory problems such as feline asthma
  • Allergic dermatitis and other skin issues
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Some reproductive issues
  • Minor sports injuries

Which Animals Can Benefit from Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is safe for all animals. It is one of the safest forms of treatment if done by a properly trained veterinarian. Acupuncture can improve the health of the following animals:

  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Horses
  • Rabbits

What To Expect During an Acupuncture Session?

All animals react differently to acupuncture. The process requires that your pet to sit still for some time during the process. As a result, your pet may need to be gently restrained for the first treatment, but most animals tolerate acupuncture very well. Pets will generally sit still for subsequent treatments. Sessions are often between 20 and 60 minutes.

Some smaller animals will not feel any pain at all during the session, but there may be some sensation, such as tingling, cramps, or numbness, that may confuse or frighten your pet. However, many animals become relaxed and get very sleepy during the process.

Contact Our Long Beach Veterinarians To Book A Session

If you think your pet can benefit from acupuncture, call Cats and Dogs Animal Hospital in Long Beach at (562) 439-4228 to set up an appointment with our veterinarian and acupuncture expert, Dr. Brianna Abel. We can help you decide whether acupuncture is the right procedure to address your pet’s needs.