Fremont Veterinary Clinic offers acupuncture for cats and dogs.
Acupuncture is a form of therapy in which fine needles are inserted into specific points on the body. Acupoints are locations on the body where there is a high concentration of nerve endings, small vessels and certain kinds of cells. Simulation of these points releases natural chemicals that affect nerves, tissues, organs and pain sensation. Single-use, sterile needles are used in the clinic.
We use acupuncture in conjunction with western medicine to reduce pain and stimulate nerve pathways. Most of the time patients are not bothered at all by acupuncture. Patients must be able to stay relatively still for 15 to 30 minutes during treatment. We use acupuncture for the following musculoskeletal problems:
* hip dysplasia
* muscle pain/spasms
* neck or back pain
* pinched nerves
* back disc disease
* muscle wasting
* nerve injury
* paresis or paralysis
* post-surgical healing
Dr. Yvonne Roberts is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA) specifically trained to practice acupuncture on animals. Only licensed veterinarians are eligible to practice acupuncture for animals.
During the first one-hour acupuncture visit, each patient gets a full physical exam and assessment to determine if any diagnostic tests are needed. Then, if your pet is a candidate, a treatment plan including acupuncture, herbs, supplements, pain medications, life-style modifications, exercises and diets will be developed. Following sessions last about 15 to 30 minutes. The number of treatments varies depending on the nature, severity and duration of the disease. Chronic conditions may take six or more treatments to see a response.