New at MNVH: Acupuncture to improve the quality of your pet’s life

Medical Acupuncture - not just for humans anymore

The value of acupuncture as another mode of medical treatment is widely recognized in human medicine. That’s why MNVH is pleased to announce the availability of this well-researched, evidence-based form of medical technology as another way to support your pet’s health and well-being.

Modern research builds on the past

The use of acupuncture began in ancient China as a means to influence the flow of “Qi,” or energy within the body. Interestingly, studies show that the acupuncture points identified and used centuries ago are often similar to the treatment locations currently in use today.

A valuable addition to traditional treatments

Research shows that veterinary medical acupuncture is an effective, valuable treatment for managing pain, treating neurologic diseases, and improving quality of life in cancer patients, among other uses. Acupuncture is often employed to work alongside other “Western” medical therapies because it complements the benefit of medications and/or surgeries. That is, acupuncture can help to maximize the benefits of traditional treatments.

How acupuncture is performed

Acupuncture is performed by inserting small, sterile needles into specific locations or “points” on your pet’s body. The points are selected based on the results of a thorough physical examination. If health conditions or any sources of pain are identified during the exam, your veterinarian can specify points to address those conditions or sources of pain. Examples of such points are specific nerves, trigger points, muscles, or connective tissues such as a particular tendon or ligament. The needles can be inserted and used alone or attached to a small electrical current for stronger stimulation.

Duration and frequency of treatments

The acupuncture treatment itself can last from 10 to 30 minutes or more, depending upon your pet’s needs. Treatments can be performed as a single session, monthly, weekly, or almost daily - as frequently as your pet requires it.

Your pet’s experience with acupuncture

Many people wonder how their pets will respond to acupuncture. Research and experience have taught us that most animals tolerate acupuncture well and, in fact, often become very relaxed - even sleepy - during the acupuncture treatments. The benefits of acupuncture are often seen within minutes or hours of treatment. Pet owners often report their pets walk better, sleep more comfortably, or have an improved appetite afterward.

Talk to your veterinarian about acupuncture for your pet

When used as part of a multimodal approach for treating your pet’s pain or disease, acupuncture can be a valuable part of improving your pet’s quality of life. For more information and to schedule an appointment with our Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, Dr. Laura Pollock, call Mt. Nittany Veterinary Hospital at 814-237-4272.