Pet Acupuncture Treatments


pet-acupuncture-bend-oregonAcupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Acupuncturists believe that illness occurs when something blocks or unbalances the chi (life energy). Acupuncture can be used to treat acute or chronic ailments, strengthen the immune system, and relieve pain.

Acupuncture, like traditional medicine, begins with gathering information about your pet’s medical history. We begin with a traditional exam, monitoring temperature, pulse, respiration, listening to the heart and lungs, and palpating the abdomen and inspecting the tongue. This integrative approach offers us many windows into the internal functioning of your pet. All this information is used to create a treatment plan for your pet’s health issues.

Aquapuncture is a technique in which Vitamin B12 is injected into acupuncture points. B12 is mildly irritating to the tissue and encourages longer stimulation of the point. Aquapuncture is a useful technique for pets who won’t let acupuncture needles remain in place long enough. It is also a useful technique when longer stimulation of the point is desired, such as in pain control, treating musculoskeletal injuries, arthritis, and paralysis.
Electroacupuncture passes electrical energy through acupuncture points by stimulating needles electrically. Electrostimulation produces a higher level of activity which is beneficial in pain modulation. Electroacupuncture is particularly helpful in treating nerve damage, paralysis and stimulating nerve regeneration.

Frequently Asked Questions About Pet Acupuncture:

pet-acupuncture-bendDo the needles hurt?
Most pets react favorably to acupuncture. The needles are a very thin diameter and some pets feel mild discomfort when the needle is first placed through the skin. They usually forget about the needles within seconds.

How long do the needles remain in?
The needles stay in for ten to fifteen minutes per treatment.

How often does my pet need acupuncture?
The length of time between sessions and total length of treatment depends on the condition being treated. Usually, treatments are once per week, for four to six weeks until the desired effect is achieved, then treatments continue every two to four weeks.

What types of conditions are treated with acupuncture?
All diseases can be successfully treated with acupuncture, from coughs to anxiety to chronic pain. Acupuncture works incredibly well for nerve damage and chronic musculoskeletal pain.

Westside Pet Hospital
133 SW Century Dr #102
Bend, Oregon 97702
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Clinic Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm
Evening appointments by arrangement.

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Westside Pet Hospital
133 SW Century Dr #102
Bend, OR 97702
Phone: (541) 678-5440



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