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Myths and Facts About Veterinary Acupuncture

Myths and Facts About Veterinary Acupuncture

In this blog post, our vets from Mooresville are here to talk about acupuncture for dogs. Despite some misunderstandings, acupuncture is a legitimate treatment for pets. We want to clear up misconceptions and share accurate information about this therapy.

What is acupuncture for pets? 

Acupuncture is a holistic therapy that uses tiny needles placed in specific spots on the body to help with healing and pain relief. People use acupuncture, and it can also be beneficial for pets. 

Pet acupuncture works in the same way as acupuncture in humans. The needles are inserted into specific points on the pet's body to stimulate the flow of energy through the body. This can help to relieve pain and inflammation, improve circulation and promote relaxation. 

Acupuncture is often used in pets to treat a variety of conditions, including arthritis, muscle pain, respiratory problems, digestive issues, and anxiety. It's also commonly used to promote overall wellness and balance in pets. 

The Myths & Facts About Veterinary Acupuncture

It is a Painful Treatment for Pets

Did you know that most dogs don't feel scared or in pain during acupuncture? In fact, they often get so relaxed that they fall asleep. 

Acupuncture is a Placebo Treatment

Some people believe that dog acupuncture only seems effective because of the placebo effect dog acupuncture only works because of the placebo effect, where you think a  treatment will help, and it actually does. 

However, dogs think that way, so acupuncture's effectiveness in them is not due to placebo. Scientists still don't fully understand how acupuncture works, but there is evidence that it can relieve pain and inflammation by releasing natural chemicals in the body.

In reality, acupuncture can help with various conditions like muscle pain, digestive issues, breathing problems, and never disorders. In some cases, acupuncture may be a better option than traditional medications because it doesn't have as many side effects or drug interactions. 

It's a One-Time Treatment

While some pets feel better right after their first acupuncture session, most pests need several sessions to get long-lasting results. The number of sessions they need varies depending on their condition and how they respond to acupuncture. Typically, a series of 4-6 weekly sessions is recommended. 

Acupuncture is Just a New Trendy Treatment

While acupuncture has gained popularity in recent years as an alternative therapy for pets, it's important to note that it's far from a new or trendy treatment. In fact, acupuncture has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 3,000 years. Additionally, acupuncture is often used in conjunction with traditional veterinary medicine to provide a holistic approach to pet healthcare. 

There are Bad Side Effects

Acupuncture for dogs won't give them hepatitis or AIDS unless the needles used are dirty. In the US, licensed acupuncturists use disposable needles for both humans and animals, so it's safe. Some pet owners worry that their dogs will be hurt or bruised during the treatment, but it's actually a gentle process, and dogs are unlikely to be injured. 

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

If you're curious about whether acupuncture could benefit your pet and want to know more, reach out to our Mooresville vets. They're available for consultations and can help you schedule an appointment.

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