What is Veterinary Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient medical therapy where sterile needles are placed on specific points of the body. Traditional Chinese medicine believes that these points regulate the flow of energy in the body. However, current medical acupuncture uses knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of these acupuncture points. There are 14 major channels with points that are made up of nerves, blood vessels, and myofascial. Acupuncture has both local tissue effects and systemic/homeostatic effects.

What can Acupuncture be used to treat?

It can be used to treat several conditions such as arthritis, soft tissue injury, neurologic disease, post-operative pain management, skin disorders, KCS, and urinary dysfunction.

What does a treatment entail?

During the first appointment, the pet undergoes an examination and the first acupuncture treatment. The first treatment is usually aimed at allowing the pet to be introduced to the needle placement and identifying the goals for treatment. Each treatment appointment takes 40 minutes, with the needles remaining in place for 10-20 minutes. Points are placed based on palpation and clinical indications.

How many treatments are recommended?

The number of treatments required varies, but it is usually recommended to begin with three to five treatments. These treatments may be every other week, once a week, or biweekly. As the pet shows improvement, treatments can be spaced further apart or discontinued. Some pets show marked improvement immediately following the first treatment, but most pets typically improve after three or more treatments. Chronic conditions may take longer to respond.

What is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist?

Dr. Demyan is a 2014 graduate of Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist. She completed 84 additional hours of Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians (MAV) coursework to earn her Certification. She can provide safe and effective integrative medicine for your pet. Call today to schedule your pet’s acupuncture appointment with Dr. Demyan.