Is Acupuncture an Option?

Did you know that we offer acupuncture for our patients at the Camden Hospital for Animals? Here is some information about how acupuncture works and what benefits it provides our furry friends:


How does acupuncture work?

There are currently many different theories to attempt to explain the effects of acupuncture. Over the course of thousands of years of trial and error acupuncture practitioners found that they could resolve certain conditions by stimulating specific points on the body. Today we know that these points are typically depressions between different muscles that contain a large number of blood vessels, nerves, and lymphatics. Inserting acupuncture needles causes an irritation to the point resulting in changes in blood circulation. The effects bring blood to deficient areas in the body and drain it from stagnant areas in the body. By stimulating the appropriate points the outcome should be to restore homeostasis.


What are some common uses of acupuncture?

In small animals (cats and dogs) acupuncture is often used for musculoskeletal disorders such as arthritis and other lameness issues. This is also the most common use in equine practice. In addition, acupuncture can be used to support animals with a variety of internal medicine disorders ranging from diabetes to renal failure.


For more information on this service, please visit our website or give us a call at 236-2311.



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