Have you ever heard of acupuncture for dogs and cats? This procedure is not very common, but it is becoming more and more popular among pet owners who prefer minimally invasive treatments that do not rely too heavily on chemicals or medications. If you are interested in acupuncture for your pet, then you’re probably wondering what to expect from a treatment.
In the article below, you’ll find the basics of information you need to better understand how pet acupuncture works. We’ll explore what to expect before, during, and after the procedure so you can be prepared for anything that might come your way as part of this treatment plan. As always with any health-related questions regarding your pet, don’t be afraid to speak to your veterinarian for more information. Keep in mind that not all pets may be able to receive acupuncture treatments, but many can.
Read on to find out more about pet acupuncture and how a treatment appointment works. If you have any questions, call Tiger Tails Animal Hospital at (770) 817-9565.
Before the Procedure
Before the day of the actual procedure, your pet will be examined thoroughly, first by your vet and then by the technician or vet who will be performing the acupuncture treatment. These veterinary professionals will discuss the experience with you and go over any questions or concerns you may have. They will also double-check that your pet is a good candidate for acupuncture based on their health, temperament, age, and whether or not other treatment plans have worked in the past. This appointment will take place separately from the first acupuncture appointment.
Before the scheduled pet acupuncture appointment, you should follow any directions given to you by your vet. Most vets will recommend making sure your pet has had plenty of water to drink before the procedure and has been fed normally according to their regular schedule. Some vets may vary these requirements, however, depending on the individual pet’s needs.
You should also make sure your pet goes to the bathroom, preferably to both urinate and defecate, before the procedure begins. If this is not possible, that is okay, but you should let the acupuncture technician or vet know this.
During the Procedure
During the procedure, your pet will likely not be anesthetized. However, if your pet is extremely agitated, the vet may provide a sedative to help them calm down. This will vary depending on your individual pet’s behavior and temperament. Many pets tend to calm down a lot after the procedure begins and actually relax while it is going on, so you may notice your pet doing the same.
If possible, your pet will be placed on a table with a comfortable place for them to lay down. This will make it easier for them to lay as still as possible during the procedure and make it easier for the vet or technician to perform the acupuncture treatment as well.
Then the procedure will begin. You may be able to stay in the room with your pet during the procedure in most instances, but if your presence is making your pet more agitated, then you might be asked to leave. The technician will begin inserting needles at the correct pressure points throughout your pet’s body, focusing on areas that will help relieve pain or inflammation in problem areas for your pet.
The entire procedure takes about 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the size of your pet, their temperament, and the problem that needs to be treated.
After Pet Acupuncture
After the procedure, your pet may feel a little bit sore and stiff for a few hours or up to a day. However, once this time has passed and the after-effects of the treatment have worn off, your pet is likely to have better mobility and improved wellbeing due to the treatment.
If your pet is not showing signs of improvement after several days, this may be a sign that acupuncture isn’t working. You should talk with your vet or with the vet who is providing the acupuncture treatments for more information.
If you think your pet may be a good candidate for pet acupuncture, talk to your vet for more information. Pet acupuncture may not work well for every pet, but it can be an excellent solution for animals who cannot take pain medication due to other health problems, such as liver failure. It can also work well for animals who are dealing with pain or nausea from treatments like chemotherapy.
Your vet will give you more individualized information about your pet’s ability to handle pet acupuncture. From there, you can more easily choose whether or not this treatment plan is right for your furry friend. If you have any further questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to call Tiger Tails Animal Hospital at (770) 817-9565.