Acupuncture may be defined as the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to produce a healing response. Each acupuncture point has specific actions when stimulated. This technique has been used in veterinary practice in China for thousands of years to treat many ailments. The Chinese also use acupuncture as preventative medicine. Acupuncture is used all around the world, either along or in conjunction with Western medicine, to treat a wide variety of conditions in every species of animal. Clinical research has been conducted showing positive results in the treatment of both animals and humans, and the use of acupuncture is increasing. Acupuncture will not cure every condition, but it can work very well when it is indicated.
For which conditions is acupuncture indicated?
Acupuncture is indicated for functional problems such as those that involve paralysis, noninfectious inflammation (such as allergies), and pain. For small animals, the following are some of the general conditions which may be treated with acupuncture:
- Musculoskeletal problems, such as arthritis, intervertebral disk disease, or traumatic nerve injury
- Respiratory problems, such as feline asthma
- Skin problems such as lick granulomas and allergic dermatitis
- Gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea
- Selected reproductive problems
In addition, regular acupuncture treatment can treat minor sports injuries as they occur and help to keep muscles and tendons resistant to injury. World-class professional and amateur athletes often use acupuncture as a routine part of their training. If your animals are involved in any athletic endeavor, such as racing, jumping, or showing, acupuncture can help them keep in top physical condition.
"Holistic” (or integrative) veterinary medicine is the combined use of conventional and alternative (or complementary) medicine. It differs from conventional veterinary medicine in that it takes a more natural and common sense approach to your pet's healthcare. Through proper nutrition, avoidance of chemical toxins, and minimization of emotional stress the body's own immune system becomes strengthened, enabling the body to heal itself and be fortified against possible disease. It avoids the overuse or common misuse of many drugs, antibiotics, steroids, artificial chemicals, vaccinations, and other treatments.
We treat each patient as an individual, prescribing only what your pet needs. Dr. Baker O'Dell is trained in many modalities and treats mostly with physical treatments, proper diet, essential oils and herbal supplements. Physical treatments include acupuncture therapy, aquapuncture therapy, and cold laser therapy. We recommend regular check-ups and blood test to help keep your pet balanced.
Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine
Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), although relatively new to the Western world, is a medical system that has been used in China to treat animals for thousands of years. It is an adaptation and extension of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) used to treat humans. Speaking broadly, Chinese Medicine is a complete body of thought and practice grounded in Chinese Daoist philosophy. Though it can be traced back over two millennia in recorded history, it, like any medical system, continues to evolve today, and current research on acupuncture and herbal medicine is beginning to shed light on its mechanism of action.
Vet-Stem Regenerative Medicine
Regenerative medicine uses a concentrated form of fat-derived adult stem cells to treat traumatic and degenerative diseases, including ligament injuries, osteoarthritis, and osteochondral defects in dogs and cats. For more information please call our hospital.
Veterinary Medical Manipulation Therapy
Veterinary Medical Manipulation Therapy (VMM) is a therapeutic assessment and treatment of the animal’s musculoskeletal system. It is similar to the chiropractic assessment and treatment done on humans. When the segments do not move, or do move correctly, it can cause pain locally or throughout the body. The goal of VMM is to ensure motion within all vertebrae. VMM allows the release of entrapped joint or disc tissue, stretches and breaks up adhesions (scar tissue) and stretches the muscles. This stimulates the brain as well as specific muscle receptors that can dampen pain, increase range of motion of the joint and, therefore, improve mobility.
Is VMM safe?
It is considered safe when administered by a qualified practitioner. Every feline or canine companion is evaluated by a veterinarian before having VMM to rule out any problems that could be aggravated by the manipulation therapy.
What are the indications for VMM?
- Unexplained lameness
- Muscle weakness
- Behavioral changes
- Sport injuries
- Urinary or fecal incontinence
- Head Tilt
- Poor Performance
Dr. Cindy Baker O’Dell is certified in Veterinary Medical Manipulation Therapy through the Integrative Veterinary Medical Institute. Please call us to setup a consult.