Providing Natural Pain Relief with Cat & Dog Acupuncture in Columbus, OH
Veterinary acupuncture is a natural pain relief modality that is safe for use in cats and dogs of all different ages. Since it is a drug-free option, it can often be used in conjunction with traditional medications, and in some cases, it is used as an alternative. At North Kenny Veterinary Hospital in Columbus, we use cat and dog acupuncture for a variety of conditions to provide pain and stress relief.
Acupuncture is an ancient practice that originated in China. Using very fine needles inserted into certain “acupoints,” our trained veterinarian helps restore the balance to your pet’s energy channels, or “meridians.” Disruptions in these channels are believed to be the sources of disease and injury. Scientifically, many of the acupoints and meridians correspond to muscles, nerve clusters, blood vessels, and the nervous system.
The inserted needles stimulate some physiological effects including:
- A release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers
- An increase in blood flow, which reduces inflammation
- A decrease in cortisol, which reduces stress
Cats and dogs generally handle the treatment very well, and will sometimes even fall asleep!
Acupuncture is not only helpful for pain relief, but it can also play a part in improving certain conditions and helping with behavior issues. We’re able to use cat and dog acupuncture for a wide variety of conditions including:
- Joint problems
- Back pain
- Sprains and strains
- Hip dysplasia
- Respiratory issues
- Digestive problems
- Neurological conditions
- Senior pet aches and pains
- Chronic kidney disease
- Cancer support
- Behavioral issues
- And more!