Our specialist vets can provide veterinary acupuncture to compliment other medical therapies and treatments for cats and dogs in Mooresville.
Acupuncture involves the the insertion of small, thin needles into specific points of the body in order to cause a healing effect. As with people, pets have key acupuncture points which can be treated in order to help your pet feel more comfortable, and improve their overall quality of life.
Acupuncture can be used in conjunction with other treatments to treat a number of conditions in dogs and cats, including: arthritis, seizures, skin conditions, GI disorders, and many other chronic conditions.
Acupuncture needles are very thin, and typically inserted into points on your pet's body that are not painful, which means that most cats and dogs will accept acupuncture treatment calmly without any panic or discomfort.
Acupuncture needles will be inserted into specific key spots on your pet's body then left in place for between 10 - 30 minutes depending on your pet's issue and the desired effect of the acupuncture treatment.
If your pet is receiving electroacupuncture, a mild electric current will be passed through the needles in order to intensify the treatment.
Your Mooresville veterinary acupuncturist will provide after-treatment care instructions, however in most cases your pet will simply continue with their regular medication, feeding and exercise routines.
Dogs and cats being treated with acupuncture often become very relaxed or sleepy during their treatment. This state of calm relaxation may continue for the rest of the day. Some pets may even become mildly euphoric immediately following acupuncture treatment.
Treatment results differ from one pet to another depending on their overall condition and whether it was their first acupuncture treatment.
For the first day or two following treatment your pet may seem stiffer or uncomfortable, with rest this should quickly improve. If your dog or cat seems a little sore following treatment let your vet know so that future treatments can be adjusted accordingly.
In some cases no change can be seen in your pet's overall condition. Some animals can take up to 4 treatments for improvements to be noticeable, although there are some animals who do not respond to acupuncture at all.
Within a few days of treatment an improvement in your pet's condition may be seen. Your pet's improved condition may not last until the next treatment but this is normal at the start of treatment, following future treatments effects may begin to last longer so treatments can occur further apart.