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Acupuncture for Pets

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Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine that originated over 5000 years ago and was used to treat farm animals. Acupuncture has steadily gained popularity for pet owners wanting a more natural approach to their pet’s care. Conventional medicine deals well with acute diseases and surgical problems. Chinese medicine can be beneficial for chronic problems. Conventional medicine believes in control while Chinese medicine believes in balance.

Acupuncture, like conventional medicine, begins with gathering information about your pet’s health. In addition to temperature, pulse, respiration, listening to the heart and lungs, and palpating the abdomen as in a conventional exam, acupuncturists gain much information by feeling pulses and looking at the tongue. This integrative approach offers many windows into the internal functioning of your pet.

Acupuncture involves placing extremely thin needles in the skin along energy meridians. There might be some discomfort when the needles are inserted, however it typically goes away – some canine patients become so relaxed that they even fall asleep during the treatment. The outcome of treatment is to signal the body to correct imbalances and let the body heal itself. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are often used together for better and faster results.

While many pet owners turn to acupuncture as a last resort, it’s a treatment that should be considered as a primary, holistic option. Its longevity among human practitioners and patients speaks volumes about what it can do for your pet. 

The purpose of all types of medicine is to keep your trusted companions healthy.

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