The Animal Hospital of Clemmons is very proud to be the ONLY Veterianary practice in our area to offer acupuncture as a treatment plan for your pet. While the essence of acupuncture originates in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the practice of acupuncture readily meshes with Western medicine. For instance, if your beloved pet is suffering from degenerative joint disease for which anti-inflammatory medications are either no longer as effective or tolerable, accupuncture has been proven to reduce pain and impove mobility for such condition.
There are endless studies in veterinary medicine supporting the efficacy of acupuncture. While frequently used as a tool for pain management, acupuncture benefits numerous bodily systems including but not limited to: the musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiovascular and immune systems.
Dr. Kay Long, DVM has attended a post-doctorate certification program in Veterinary Acupuncture. The program includes more than 200 hours of class time, an externship, case reports and an exam.
Acupuncture is not a one-time treatment. Treatment duration often depends on the chronicity of the condition and the age of the pet. Typically, a patient is treated on a weekly basis for 4-8 weeks. After this treatment, the time between treatments is extended. Patients with more acute conditions may need less total treatments.