We’re pleased to offer acupuncture therapy as an alternative for our patients in Duluth and surrounding areas. By creating certain physiological changes, pet acupuncture can be useful at managing pain and other chronic medical conditions. Dr. Kimberley Suh holds a license in pet acupuncture from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society.
How Acupuncture Works
According to traditional Chinese medicine, bodies of humans and animals have energy channels, or meridians. Animals are charted to have 173 points in their bodies that can affect the flow of this energy. Using fine-tipped needles, acupuncture points are triggered. As a result, nerve activity and blood circulation are increased, and feel-good hormones are released.
Dr. Kim carefully places acupuncture needles, so pets feel virtually no discomfort. As muscles relax from the release of energy, pain is blocked, and pets experience an alert calming sensation. Along with the rush of endorphins, the stress hormone cortisol is controlled by acupuncture therapy. Pets can feel relief from a wide range of chronic conditions.
Conditions Acupuncture Can Manage
Your pet’s body can help heal itself when its energy channels are open. While pet acupuncture provides an overall sense of well-being, conditions that do not respond well to traditional medicine benefit the most. Some of these conditions include:
- Inflammation of the upper respiratory system
- Chronic gastrointestinal problems
- Pain and inflammation from bone and joint disease
- Pain from osteoarthritis
- Nerve injuries
Contact us for more information about acupuncture and how it can help manage your pet’s chronic pain and discomfort. We’re here to keep pets happy and healthy. By offering traditional and alternative treatment options, we’re able to provide comprehensive veterinary services.