Acupuncture is a medical practice that has been around for thousands of years. It’s performed by inserting extremely thin needles at key points along a patient’s body. While humans have traditionally been the recipients of this type of treatment, practitioners have learned how to apply the principles to animals.
The range of ailments that can be helped by acupuncture is long, but there are a few conditions that are particularly well-suited to this type of treatment.
- Any musculoskeletal issue, including arthritis and nerve problems
- Respiratory issues like feline asthma or allergies
- Gastrointestinal problems that produce chronic digestion issues or diarrhea
- Skin issues like rashes and allergic dermatitis
Because acupuncture can stimulate healing in nearly every part of the body, it's possible to use it for treating nearly any illness.
Consultations with Dr. Vo are similar to regular appointments, except that you and your pet will be able to sit back and relax a bit more than usual at the vet’s. Initial consults will include a lot of chatting—we want to know all about your pet’s lifestyle, habits, likes and dislikes and medical history. Dr. Vo offers two types of consults, each about 1.5 hours long.
These appointments include a thorough history taking and discussion about your pet's needs and your expectations. The initial acupuncture consult includes treatment. Follow up visits tend to be quicker, especially as your pet comes to look forward to the therapy and relaxes more and more. Frequency of follow up depends on your pet's needs, as well as your availability.
These appointments will focus on discussing the options available to benefit your pet’s quality of life—medication, physical therapies and environmental adjustments are some examples. If acupuncture or trigger point therapy is something you want to pursue during the consult and time permits, a treatment may be added at the time of your visit. Follow ups tend to be by email and can also be made for hospital visits or Skype consults if new symptoms or concerns pop up.
The goal of these services is to improve your pet’s comfort, empower you to take a more active role in your pet's well being and help you have a good understanding of what is available to enhance your pet's quality of life.