Acupuncture Therapy at MetroPet Veterinary Clinic

What is veterinary acupuncture?

Veterinary Acupuncture is the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to help trigger a healing response. Each point on the body has different reactions when stimulated. Acupuncture is a form of treatment and preventative animal medicine that originated in China and has been practiced for thousands of years all over the world. In clinical research, studies show acupuncture has been proven to help in the ailment of numerous conditions/diseases.

What benefits does acupuncture have for pets?

Acupuncture therapy can be determined based on the pets specific needs, such as attempting to treat a condition or aid in preventative health. For animals who may be in agility training, acupuncture can be used to help keep muscles and tendons resistant to injury. For treatment, acupuncture can be used to help treat a pet battling minor to severe musculoskeletal trauma, such as intervertebral disk disease (IVDD). Treatment and preventative care with acupuncture is based on the point stimulated, method of stimulation, and the length of time.

What conditions could acupuncture help treat?

Acupuncture can help aid in the treatment of many things, such as:

  • Musculoskeletal problems, such as arthritis
  • Traumatic injury
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Skin problems
  • Gastrointestinal problems, such as digestion and diarrhea

And so much more! These are just to name a few.

Is acupuncture safe for animals?

Acupuncture should only be performed by a licensed veterinarian who has acquired the skill set and training to adequately monitor the patient’s level of healing in correspondence to conventional therapies. Acupuncture practice should NEVER be performed by uncertified personnel.

Acupuncture therapy is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) as a valid form of practice in veterinary medicine and surgery. Some animals may experience cramps or numbness, just like in people. In most cases acupuncture is usually painless and may even cause sleepiness and relaxation.

What forms of acupuncture are practiced at MetroPet?

Dr. Mary Ann Tima provides acupuncture by dry needles, vitamin B12 acupuncture injections, and electroacupuncture. She also practices holistic and herbal medicines as well as conventional.

Dr. Mary Ann Tima is a graduate of veterinary medicine from the Ohio State University and she also attended the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in Florida, where she earned her certification in animal acupuncture therapy. Call today to schedule your consultation to see if acupuncture is right for your pet!