Relieving Pain and Restoring Balance with Acupuncture for Dogs and Cats
We’ve grown accustomed to giving our pets medication to help them heal and feel less pain. However, medication is no longer the only way (or the best way) to treat health disorders and painful conditions. Dr. Andrea McQueen is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist here in Livonia and has been exploring acupuncture for dogs and cats to find better treatment options for her patients.
With pet acupuncture, the goal is to restore balance in all systems of the body and improve function through the release of endorphins and neurotransmitters. This increases healing and pain relief, and can give pets a much better quality of life.
Reach out to us at (734) 464-6281 for a consultation today.
How It Works
Medical acupuncture has been used for thousands of years as a healing technique and is one of the main branches of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. During the procedure, Dr. McQueen strategically places small needles at various acupoints on the body where nerve bundles and blood vessels intersect. When a needle is placed, it triggers the release of hormones and neurotransmitters, helping the body relax. Over time, this treatment can help to increase musculoskeletal system and internal organ functioning.
Is It Painful?
Since the acupuncture needles are very small, your pet is unlikely to feel pain. Many pets actually become sleepy during treatment! Dr. McQueen has years of experience performing this procedure safely and keeping patients comfortable and relaxed.
What Can Be Treated with Acupuncture?
Many conditions can be treated and improved with pet acupuncture, including:
- Back pain
- Disc problems
- Muscle soreness/stiffness
- Joint disease
- Gastric ulcers
- Renal failure
- Cushing’s disease
- Various skin problems
How Long Does Treatment Take?
You can expect your pet’s first consultation to last over an hour, giving us time to get to know them and understand their condition. Follow-up appointments can last between 45 minutes and an hour. We aim to make your pet’s treatments as thorough and low-stress as possible. How frequently they’ll need treatment will depend on their response.
How Effective Is It?
Most pets, especially cats, respond very well to acupuncture, especially when medication is either not an option or has proven ineffective. Results may take several sessions to become apparent, and some pets may feel a bit sore after treatment. However, this soreness is normal and will fade quickly.
Finding What Works Best for Your Pet
If you’re interested in trying acupuncture for your pet, let us know! We would be happy to explain the procedure in more detail and help you choose the best options for their health. In addition to acupuncture for dogs and cats, Dr. McQueen can also recommend herbal therapy, food therapy, and massage therapy. Call (734) 464-6281 for more information.
We have been bringing our pets here since the 1970's and would never think of going anywhere else. The staff is so compassionate and caring for both the animals and their families.
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I have been taking my dogs to Levan Vet for 19 years now. The staff is very caring and friendly. It is obvious how much they care about the animals they are treating.