Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine
At Animal Hospital of Clemmons, we offer veterinary acupuncture to promote healing in cats and dogs.
Promoting Healing in Dogs & Cats
Acupuncture is a type of Traditional Chinese Medicine that focuses on promoting healing by restoring the energy balance in the body. It is effective in animals in many of the same ways it is in humans.
When implemented in combination with veterinary medical therapy, acupuncture techniques are safe, and can be effective in promoting healing in cats and dogs.Book an Acupuncture Appointment
The Acupuncture Technique
Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into an animal's body at specified points (acupuncture points or meridians) where blood vessels and nerves converge.
Meridians are energy channels that transmit energy throughout the animal's body. Once inserted, the needles guide energy along the meridians to enhance blood circulation and stimulate the nervous system, improving the body's healing ability, and providing a variety of benefits to your pet.
Common Veterinary Uses for Acupuncture
Strong medical treatments, such as chemo during cancer care, can cause discomfort. For this reason, they are often paired with acupuncture to help make pets more comfortable as they fight the illness.
Conditions such as arthritis, hip dysplasia and nerve injuries can respond well to acupuncture, and it is often used during rehabilitation after an injury.
Allergic dermatitis, granulomas, hot spots and other skin issues will often respond well to acupuncture treatment because increased circulation can improve healing, and pain reduction can reduce a pet's overgrooming or itching.
Gastrointestinal conditions like nausea and diarrhea can be aided by the increased blood flow that results from acupuncture. It may also help normalize digestive activity by stimulating digestive secretions.
Conditions like asthma and allergies can benefit from the immune-calming, anti-inflammatory capabilities of acupuncture.
The Benefits of Acupuncture for Pets
- Improves blood flow, thereby increasing oxygen in bodily tissues
- Reduces the amount of waste products produced
- Increases the removal of metabolic waste in the body
- Relaxes muscles to relieve pain locally and generally
- Has no systemic side effects, making it particularly helpful for pets in poor health
"Dr. Long of the Animal Hospital of Clemmons was referred to me by my dog walker for acupuncture for my elderly dog with hip and back leg issues. Dr. Long is wonderful, the attendants are as well, and my dog is getting better and better. I am thrilled!!"