Our Fredericksburg location offers safe, comforting acupuncture treatments for patients with chronic pain and a variety of other conditions. Our Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist consults with the treating veterinarian or rehabilitation specialist for best results.
Acupuncture is one of the safest treatments available when performed by a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist. Your pet’s veterinary acupuncturist will perform a full physical exam, review medical records, and consider all test results before beginning a treatment program.
Frequency of treatments differs based on the condition being treated. Most commonly, patients are treated weekly for acute conditions such as soft tissue injuries or disk disease, and every three weeks for more chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis. Commonly, owners observe improvement in their pets’ conditions after the first treatment. However, at least three treatments must be completed before accurately assess the effectiveness of acupuncture in each particular case.
A treatment session typically takes 15-30 minutes. Insertion of the tiny needles is not painful for most animals, and many patients relax during treatment. For best results, it is important to inform your veterinarian of any changes in medication or medical conditions at the start of each treatment session.
Acupuncture can be effective in:
- Musculoskeletal problems—Muscle soreness, back pain, disc problems, osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease
- Neurological disorders—Seizure, weakness from chronic disc disease, laryngeal paralysis, radial nerve or facial paralysis
- Gastrointestinal disorders—Diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, poor appetite
- Cancer—Minimizing side effects chemotherapy, and offering palliative care in cases where owners do not pursue chemotherapy
- Other chronic conditions—Asthma, geriatric weakness, kidney disease, immune system disorders, and more
We often combine western medications with acupuncture for enhanced treatment results.