Acupuncture was a medical practice started in China thousands of years ago. The Chinese initially used acupuncture as a blood letting technique, hence the acupuncture "channels" that are used today in both human and non-human patients. Medical acupuncture for veterinary patients has more recent roots in the modern world, but the same ancient principals are used as the basis of treatment.
When an acupuncture needle is placed along one of the 12 channels, various structures are stimulated within the body. These include nerves, vessels and lymph channels. By stimulating these structures, we are able to increase blood and lymph flow, alter nerve firing and relieve muscle tension. Needle placement often also releases endorphines, which can help with pain.
Acupuncture is used for a variety of reasons. Your pet may benefit from acupuncture is they suffer from arthritis, ear infections, allergies, acute and chronic injuries, paralysis, gastrointestinal upset and more.
At All Pets Mobile Vet, we offer acupuncture at your home, or at our Basalt office. Drs Peters and Brooks both attended Colorado State University's Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians course and are certified in veterinary medical acupuncture. We offer acupuncture on dogs, cats, horses and farm animals.
Please call us to see if acupuncture is right for your four legged friend.