Acupuncture has proven itself over thousands of years as a powerful healing and pain relief technique -- and not only for human patients. Believe it or not, acupuncture has also been a staple of animal medicine for at least 3,000 years, and it's just as useful today as ever, especially for animals who cannot tolerate painkillers and other medications easily. That's why at Brekke Veterinary Clinic, Dr. Jennifer Davis, offers this gentle, safe, effective healing service for beloved pets just like yours.
Our understanding of how acupuncture works has expanded and deepened in recent times. Ancient healing practices hold that the body's life force is sustained and regulated by Qi, or life energy, which flows through the body along pathways known as meridians. Interruptions to the normal flow of Qi can cause pain and illness, but the insertion of fine needles into specific points along the meridians can redirect the energy flow. Today's medical practitioners tend to think in terms of the nervous system and neural pathways rather than meridians, but the effects of acupuncture remain just as remarkable nonetheless. Studies show that the manipulation of acupuncture points stimulates nearby neural structures to alter levels of certain neurotransmitters, including those natural painkillers known as endorphins.
These changes can have a direct impact on your pet's healing processes and ability to battle symptoms such as chronic pain. By manipulating different combinations of acupuncture points, we can use this healing modality to treat such diverse conditions as:
Soft tissue pain
Degenerative joint conditions (arthritis, etc.)
Organ diseases and disorders
Acute pain, injury and inflammation
Unfortunately, cancer doesn’t only affect humans. It is perfectly possible for your pet to develop cancerous cells in any part of her body, including in her limbs. Exactly which type of cancer this will be will depend on the origin of the cancerous cells but could include soft tissue or bone cancers. If conventional treatment such as radiotherapy, chemotherapy or surgery is unsuccessful, we may recommend that the cancer is removed entirely, and this may mean amputating the affected limb.
Acupuncture isn't necessarily the only treatment your pet needs, but it can provide essential support to other treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy, medication and special diet or exercise regimens. Some pets in particular face obstacles when it comes to medicines -- either they have an allergy to a specific medication, or they are simply too old or weak for their systems to safely handle such medications. In these instances, acupuncture's ability to provide natural pain relief and medical support makes it positively invaluable.
If the thought of having multiple needles stuck into your pet makes you anxious, you can rest assured that your beloved companion has nothing to fear (and everything to gain) from our acupuncture service. The needles are so thin that they don't cause any damage, and once they're all in place, your pet may be so relaxed that he even falls asleep. Some pets experience instant relief from their condition, but more typically we need to administer several treatment sessions.
Acupuncture doesn't necessarily make sense for every animal. To find out whether your pet can benefit from it, call 720-709-2400 for an appointment with our Castle Rock veterinarian. We will make sure your pet gets the healing care and/or safe pain relief he needs!