Dublin Animal Hospital is pleased to offer veterinary acupuncture as one of our many treatment options for managing your dog’s long term pain, inflammation, and disease.
Acupuncture is a method of traditional Chinese medicine that has been practiced by people for thousands of years. Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine involving the placement of very thin needles into specific acupuncture points under the skin. Over the last several decades, acupuncture has become much more pursued in the veterinary field. It is very well received by dogs- in fact, many patients fall asleep during their acupuncture treatments!
According to the National Institute for Health and the World Health Organization, recent research in human medicine scientifically supports the use of acupuncture to help manage conditions like post-chemotherapy reactions, nausea, vomiting, allergic rhinitis, headaches, and certain chronic pain conditions.
Here in Colorado Springs, we have seen a growing number of patients for canine acupuncture. It is one of the safest forms of medical treatment for animals when it is administered by a properly trained veterinarian and has very few side effects. We see it as another useful tool in providing compassionate veterinary care, especially for our senior patients.
The most common medical conditions treated by veterinary acupuncture are:
- Osteoarthritis (Arthritis)
- Hip pain/dysplasia
- Back pain
- Intervertebral disc disease
- Degenerative myelopathy
- Chronic immune conditions, like Inflammatory Bowel Disease
More research is needed to identify the many additional medical conditions that could benefit from pairing acupuncture treatment with a patient’s other therapies.
Questions? If you have any questions about alternative medical treatments such as animal acupuncture care, feel free to give us a call at (719) 593-1336 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Smith.
Dr. Michelle Smith, DVM, CVA
Michelle Smith, DVM, CVA, IVCA-certified, graduated from Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Magna Cum Laude, in 1999. She returned to Colorado State University for the Medical Acupuncture program and was certified in May of 2006. Dr. Smith also trained in traditional Chinese medicine at the Chi Institute in Florida and was certified in October 2008. Dr. Smith trained at the Options for Animals Chiropractic School and was certified in the fall of 2009. Dr. Smith has now enjoyed over 10 years of acupuncture experience and 17 years as a general practitioner.