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Advice From an Atlanta Vet: Should You Invest in Pet Acupuncture?

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Acupuncture has been around for centuries. It’s an integral part of traditional Chinese medicine, or TCM. The results patients get from these treatments are often astounding. Patients have reported weight loss, improvements in asthma, better sleep, less pain, and even smoking cessation.

Acupuncture is so powerful, in fact, some hospitals in China use this treatment in place of anesthesia during certain medical procedures.

But can acupuncture prove just as effective for our pets?

Why Consider Pet Acupuncture?

In 2016, there was an exciting development within the veterinary community. The American Veterinary Medicine Association decided to approve acupuncture as a sub-category of veterinary medicine.  This means more vet specialists are utilizing both needles and herbs to help heal their patients.

Why has the American Veterinary Medicine Association decided that acupuncture is an acceptable treatment for animals? Here are just a few of the reasons.

1. Pets Don’t Experience Adverse Side Effects

One of the downsides of traditional veterinary treatments is the side effects. The procedures performed and the medications prescribed can have a lot of side effects.

Acupuncture, on the other hand, doesn’t result in adverse reactions. The animals feel better after receiving treatment, which isn’t always the case with prescription medications and treatments.

2. Acupuncture Helps with Pain Management

Pain management is one of the top reasons why medications are prescribed for animals. But with regular acupuncture treatments, common painful conditions in animals – like arthritis and nerve injuries – can be managed effectively. The reason for this is because acupuncture stimulates the body’s natural anti-inflammatory chemicals.

Another reason a pet may experience pain is because of chemotherapy treatments. When an animal receives chemo, acupuncture is often recommended to complement the treatment. Acupuncture will help with the pain the animal feels, as well as any nausea.

3. No More Tummy Troubles

Some animals experience gastrointestinal issues, like diarrhea and nausea. This could be from something they ate, an illness, or certain medications.

But with acupuncture treatments, a pet’s digestive system can be normalized.

4. Reduced Allergy Symptoms

We find a lot of dogs have allergy symptoms these days. Symptoms can include watery eyes, sneezing, skin rashes, and even asthma.

We know how we feel when dealing with an allergy attack. Imagine how helpless and miserable an animal feels when they have one.

But acupuncture can help with allergies, too, by calming the immune response and releasing the body’s natural and extremely powerful anti-inflammatory chemicals.

5. You Don’t Have to Worry About the Treatment Interfering with Current Meds

If a pet has already been prescribed medication from their vet, there’s always a concern that subsequent treatments, medications, or supplements will interfere with the medications. If this does happen, it can result in the medication being rendered completely ineffective.

Fortunately, pet parents don’t have to worry about acupuncture treatments interfering with the effectiveness of current medications. Acupuncture will simply encourage adequate blood circulation, thereby enhancing the body’s natural healing abilities.

Consider an Alternative Treatment to Heal Your Pets

Utilizing traditional Western veterinary procedures or more alternative forms of treatment,  our Atlanta veterinarian office is committed to doing everything we can to get our patients feeling better than ever. When we find safe, effective treatments, we’re excited to share them with our patients and their owners.

Would you like to know more about how alternative veterinary treatments can benefit your pets? If so, contact us today. We’ll explain our services and show you how they can serve the unique needs of your fur babies.

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