Pet Acupuncture in West Ashley
Pets feel pain as acutely as their owners—and for some of the same reasons. Just as we try to improve our own quality of life by managing or eliminating pain when we experience it, we need to take steps to protect our beloved pets as well.
Acupuncture is a drug-free alternative form of pain relief and has been used for two thousand years in Asia to treat a wide range of conditions in people and in animals. It promotes healing within the body and can be combined safely with other pain management techniques such as medications and supplements.
While Western medicine was skeptical of acupuncture for a long time, the practice has proved effective and has become more widely accepted in recent years, making it the option of choice for many pet owners. We are pleased to have a veterinarian at West Ashley Veterinary Clinic, Dr. Grayson Hudgins, who has received certification in acupuncture at the Chi Institute.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture involves the procedure of inserting small, sterile needles into designated points on the body to stimulate the central nervous system. The effects can be prolonged and intensified with the use of electronic stimulation and Vitamin B injections. Blood circulation is enhanced. Muscles are relaxed. Hormones (cortisol, endorphins) are released, which then leads to pain relief. Acupuncture can also restore balance between organ systems for overall health.
What Conditions Can Acupuncture Be Used to Treat?
The short answer is “many.” Dogs, cats, and other animal species can benefit both internally and externally.
- Hip dysplasia
- Degenerative joint disease
- Kidney disease
- Respiratory problems
- Skin problems
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Select reproductive problems
The success of treatment is dependent on the condition and frequency of treatment. If you think your companion could benefit from this treatment option, please contact West Ashley Veterinary Clinic at (843) 571-7095.