When our pets are sick or injured, it's difficult to know if we are making the right choices for them. I'm here to help you be the best advocate for you and your pet.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Do we still need to give other medications?
When done properly, NO, acupuncture does not hurt. If a muscle or area is very painful already, there might be a slight sensation (like a tingle or twinge) felt initially, but this quickly goes away.
Many animals become very relaxed during treatment, sometimes to the point of closing their eyes and resting quietly.
How long until it helps?
Some individuals will show improvement after the first visit, while others may need 2-3 treatments to show significant change.
You may see that your pet is quiet or sleepy for the first day after treatment. This is ok.
Or, your pet may appear the same the day of treatment, and then show improvement 2-3 days later.
Acupuncture may help reduce the dose of, or possibly eliminate the need for, other drugs. This depends on the patient, as well as the type and severity of the problem.
We'll work together to decide the best overall plan for your companion.
My pet has been diagnosed with cancer, will acupuncture cure it?
No- acupuncture will not cure cancer. But it can help reduce pain caused by the disease or by surgery that removes a tumor, such as an amputation...while I can treat pain around the surgery site, I can also treat other areas of musculoskeletal pain that can develop, as your pet carries his or her weight differently if there was an amputation. Because of the endorphin release associated with acupuncture, this treatment can help improve overall quality of life and ease pain in general, even if you decide not to pursue surgery or more aggressive treatments.
Some pet owners will opt to add chemotherapy to their pet's cancer treatment, which can make animals feel run down and nauseous, just like in people, and acupuncture can help minimize those symptoms.
What kinds of problems can you treat with acupuncture?
The list is long! Here are a few examples:
Otitis - ear infections
Cystitis - inflammation of the bladder
Arthritis - inflammation of the joint
Immune mediated diseases
Spinal cord injuries/diseases such as FCE (fibrocartilagenous embolism) and IVDD (intervertebral disc disease)
Fecal and urinary incontinence
An important note about spinal cord injuries...
Dogs with sudden injuries, like an FCE (fibrocartilagenous embolism) or certain types of IVDD (intervertebral disc disease), suddenly lose feeling and/or function of one leg or sometimes several legs.
Time is of the essence if this happens.
E-stim acupuncture is enormously beneficial, especially when done early and frequently to help regain as much nerve function as possible, which can happen if diagnosed and treated correctly and quickly, in conjunction with pain medications if needed, as well as rehabilitation exercises.
If you suspect your pet has experienced a sudden back injury, call Dr. Weldon, your regular veterinarian or an emergency hospital immediately.
For long-standing back problems, like disc disease or athritis, acupuncture and laser can help reduce or even eliminate other drugs, reduce your pet's pain and greatly improve their quality of life without surgery!
How will I know when it's time to let my pet go?
It is a difficult decision, but it is one that comes from the heart.
The loving choice to help your pet pass peacefully away is not an easy one. I will help you make the best choices. I will honestly answer your most difficult questions. And I will help your pet in the most compassionate way possible, based on your requests.
See my page called Apana For My Pet, for a different approach to this important time:
What other services do you provide?
My focus is to help relieve pain, improve health and enhance quality of life. Part of an excellent total healthcare plan is preventative care, like vaccinations, routine deworming and regular check-ups, provided by your regular veterinarian.
Additionally, the initial diagnosis and treatment plan for problems, injuries and emergencies should be done with your regular veterinarian. Some additional routine services may be provided on a case-by-case basis, so please ask.