West Chelsea Veterinary offers acupuncture treatments for cats and dogs as part of our commitment to practicing top-notch personalized care for our patients. Acupuncture is an increasingly popular veterinary therapy that has been used for thousands of years as a natural method of managing pain and stimulating healing.
Acupuncture Gives Pets a Second Chance for an Active Lifestyle
At West Chelsea Veterinary, Dr. Bridget Halligan (our very own Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist) understands why more and more clients request acupuncture as an initial treatment for their pets. This integrative and complementary therapy can be combined with traditional veterinary medicine to provide another option that helps reduce symptoms of pain and inflammation. Acupuncture is also used to treat a variety of ailments, including allergies and orthopedic, neurological, and geriatric conditions.
An Ancient Practice That Helps Pets with Pain Relief
Acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese therapy techniques. There is evidence that traces its use in animals in China from 136 to 265 A.D. Similar to acupuncture for humans, the procedure involves inserting tiny needles into specific pressure points in a pet’s body to stimulate the release of beta-endorphins. These endorphins have the effect of reducing the perception of pain and function in a way that encourages your pet’s body to heal itself naturally.
The needles are very fine and cause only minimal discomfort — most pets don’t show any distress from the pressure and are often relaxed throughout the procedure. Depending on your pet’s medical condition, positive results can appear during the first four treatments. Dr. Halligan offers treatment sessions on a weekly basis.
To learn more about pet acupuncture at West Chelsea Veterinary, please call us at (212) 645‑2767.