Acupuncture is a very safe, non-pharmaceutical and non-surgical therapy which can be used to treat and manage several chronic conditions. Acupuncture can be used by itself or in conjunction with other medicines and treatments in order to improve overall quality of life by reducing pain and inflammation, decreasing anxiety and stress, and improving immune function.
Conditions most commonly treated with acupuncture are musculoskeletal and neurologic problems. Examples include joint pain from arthritis, hip dysplasia, neck and/or back pain from either soft tissue strain or spinal cord disease such as intervertebral disc disease, nerve injuries/paralysis, and lameness.
Following a thorough diagnostic workup and therapeutic medical plan, acupuncture can safely be used with other medications to reduce clinical signs and improve comfort and quality of life for ailments such as inflammatory bowel disease, gastrointestinal motility problems, constipation, asthma, chronic rhinitis, ear & skin allergies, lick granulomas, feline lower urinary tract disorder, and terminal cancer pain.
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Dr. Carpenter gives her dog Sully his very first acupuncture treatment