Acupuncture

Pet Acupuncture From Valley Veterinary Hospital Of Helena

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If your pet is suffering from pain due to arthritis, traumatic nerve injury, or intervertebral disk disease, you may be wondering if anything can be done to help relieve his pain without medication. At Valley Veterinary Hospital of Helena, in Helena, Montana, we can provide real relief for your animal with pet acupuncture.

What is Pet Acupuncture?

Like human acupuncture, pet acupuncture uses needles that are inserted into the animal's body at certain points to create a healing response. Our veterinarians use acupuncture in combination with Western medicine to provide the absolute best care for your pet. Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat ailments and is used all over the world for a variety of conditions.

How Does Pet Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture works by stimulating certain points on the body which activates the central nervous system to create certain physiological changes to help reduce pain and promote healing. It can cause the body to increase blood flow, increase the release of pain-relieving hormones, such as endorphins, and decrease inflammation and muscle spasms.

Is Pet Acupuncture Safe?

Acupuncture is completely safe if it is administered by a trained veterinarian who has been formally instructed on how to perform acupuncture. It is one of the safest treatments available to pets with little to no discomfort and very few side effects.

Is Pet Acupuncture Painful?

When most pets receive acupuncture, they are unlikely to feel any pain from the needles. In fact, after the needles are inserted, many become sleepy and relaxed. Most pet owners and their pets enjoy spending time at our animal hospital because the acupuncture is so soothing.

What Does Pet Acupuncture Treat?

Pet acupuncture treats a variety of different conditions. It does not treat all conditions or diseases, but it is often highly effective for the conditions and diseases it does treat. Here are some common uses for acupuncture:

  • Treatment of musculoskeletal conditions (e.g. arthritis, traumatic nerve injury, and Intervertebral disk disease)
  • Treatment of gastrointestinal conditions (e.g. diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease)
  • Treatment of respiratory conditions (e.g. asthma)
  • Treatment of skin conditions (e.g. skin allergies, hot spots, dermatitis)
  • Treatment of some types of reproductive issues
  • Reducing or even eliminating pain
  • Reducing inflammation

Is My Pet a Good Candidate for Acupuncture?

Acupuncture does not treat all conditions. It does remarkably well for those conditions it is indicated for. Your pet will need to be evaluated by one of our veterinarians to determine if he is a good candidate for acupuncture.

Call Us Today!

If you live in or near Helena, Montana, contact us today at the Valley Veterinary Hospital of Helena and make an appointment for your pet.