VCA Animal Healing Center offers acupuncture to help heal your pet!

What is acupuncture? Acupuncture is the procedure of inserting needles into specific points on the body to initiate healing, control pain, and improve and maintain health. How does it work? Acupuncture works by a series of complex mechanisms modulating neuro and circulatory processes. A tiny solid needle is inserted into the skin in proximity to nerves, lymphatics and capillary beds. There can be a local effect and/or an effect on the internal organs. One mechanism is when the nerve area is stimulated, a signal is transferred to the spinal cord, travels to the brain, and then back to the organs, skin or muscle groups that have been stimulated. Acupuncture also modifies circulation by either increasing or decreasing blood flow which bolsters immunity and healing throughout organs and muscle groups.

What is acupuncture used for?

  •  Musculoskeletal pain/injury
  • Kidney/Liver disease
  • Analgesia
  • Skin issues
  • Nervous disorders
  • Respiratory problems
  • Cancer/Gastrointestinal problems

What can I expect during treatment? The needles are very tiny – almost as fine as a hair. Most animals do not react. Needles may be inserted for as little as 10 seconds to as long as 20 minutes, depending on the problem, desired effect, age of the animal and region stimulated.

For the 17-year-old patient pictured here Dr. Jacqueline Ruskin DVM CVA is treating her for several imbalances: weakness, poor appetite, poor mobility, excessive urination and vomiting. However, the main cause of her issues is age associated kidney disease. Therefore points are also chosen to support the kidneys.  Addressing the underlying cause allows for a better chance of long-term success. To learn more about how acupuncture can help your pet visit us at the VCA Animal Healing Center, 1724 Yardley-Langhorne Road, Yardley, phone 215-493-0621.

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