Acupuncture for Dogs & Cats in Fairfax
Acupuncture has a long history in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Its practice began some 5,000 years ago and it’s still used as an effective form of treatments for humans and animals alike. At Town & Country Animal Hospital in Fairfax, Dr. Marisa Gerth is our certified veterinary acupuncturist, and we’re pleased to be able to offer acupuncture for dogs and cats.
Why Acupuncture is a Popular Choice for Pain Management
Acupuncture involves the use of sterile acupuncture needles inserted into specific acupoints in your pet’s body that correspond to blood vessels and nerve clusters. The needles affect the nervous system and lead to an increase in circulation, decrease in muscle spasms, and it triggers the release of chemicals known as neurotransmitters and hormones. These chemicals decrease pain and help regulate the immune system, among many other effects.
As a pain management option for your cat or dog, acupuncture as a number of benefits including:
- One of the safest forms of medical treatment when administered by a properly trained veterinarian
- Painless or very minimal pain
- Significantly lower chance of side effects than with many drugs and other conventional treatments
- Works seamlessly with other conventional Western therapies
When is Acupuncture Right for My Pet?
Cat and dog acupuncture serves similar purposes as in human medicine. It treats disorders of the musculoskeletal and neurological systems as well as acute and chronic injuries. Veterinary acupuncture is also very useful in pain management following a surgical procedure.
Commonly treated conditions include:
- Pain and inflammation
- Orthopedic and neurological conditions
- Gastrointestinal disorders or nausea and vomiting
- Immune regulation
- Internal organ dysfunction
- In combination with conventional cancer protocols