Shawnee Animal Clinic Hours

Monday - Friday: 8am - 7pm Saturday: 8am - 4pm


AcupunctureAcupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into specific points that are located over areas rich in vessels and nerves on the body. The needles stimulate the underlying tissues and activate the pain inhibitory system. Messages are sent up to the brain resulting in the body's release of neurotransmitters, which temporarily block pain. Changes in blood flow occur, which regulates circulation and so the body's immune function is enhanced.

Occasionally animals may react to the small jab of the needle, but in general they do not respond at all and become relaxed during the treatment.

Acupuncture has minimal risk and complications are easily avoided when a trained veterinarian is performing the treatments.

Acupuncture is used to treat:

  • Arthritis (hips, shoulders, elbows, back)
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Seizure disorders
  • Soft tissue injuries such as sprains, muscle strains, and neck pain
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS or "dry eye")
  • Lick granulomas
  • Neurological conditions
  • Pain and nausea related to cancer
  • Chronic digestive disorders (IBD, diarrhea, constipation)
  • Spinal cord disorders
  • Other medical conditions such as immune-mediated diseases and chronic liver or kidney diseases.

An acupuncture exam often involves an in-depth history including what environmental and emotional situations affect the animal's condition, and their overall personality. The physical exam involves palpation of certain acupuncture points and can include evaluation of tongue color and pulse quality.

Since it is a complement to western medicine, all animals should have a complete and thorough work-up and be treated medically or surgically as appropriate before seeking acupuncture.

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