What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a branch of Traditional Eastern Chinese Medicine dating back 2000 years.

During acupuncture treatments, thin, sterile needles are inserted into specific points on the body, producing a desired therapeutic effect. At Canyon Creek Animal Clinic, we practice 3 forms of acupuncture: dry needling (traditional acupuncture), aquapuncture (Vitamin B-12 is injected into specific points), and electroacupuncture (electricity stimulates the acupuncture points). The latter two act to extend the desired effect’s duration.




Does Acupuncture Work?

Modern research shows that traditional acupoints are located in areas containing a high density of free nerve endings, meaning that acupuncture points are located in areas of high sensitivity. A great number of studies indicate that the stimulation of acupoints induces the release of beta-endorphins, serotonin, and other neurotransmitters, promoting healing and health within your pet’s body.



What Should I Expect During a Treatment?

  • Acupuncture is a very safe, generally painless medical procedure with few side effects, the most common of which is drowsiness. Some animals even fall asleep during treatments!

  • Sometimes results are seen after the first visit, but often several treatments will be required. Chronic conditions generally require 3-5 treatments 1-2 weeks apart before one can expect improvement.

  • An individualized treatment plan will be developed for your pet at their first consultation visit and each visit typically takes between 30-60 minutes.


How Will Acupuncture Benefit My Pet?

Studies have shown that acupuncture stimulation can induce:

  • Pain Relief

  • Tissue Healing

  • Gastrointestinal Motility

  • Anti-Inflammatory Effects

  • Immunoregulation



Is My Pet A Good Candidate?

Acupuncture can effectively treat the following conditions:

  • Musculoskeletal problems including muscle soreness, back pain, osteoarthritis, and degenerative joint disease

  • Gastrointestinal inflammation including vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation

  • Upper respiratory symptoms and cough

  • Pets with neurological disorders, seizures, laryngeal paralysis, cancer symptoms, and more can benefit from acupuncture as part of their treatment regimen.

Think your pet will be a good candidate for acupuncture? Give us a call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ferrell today!