Pet acupuncture can be part of a modern, integrative treatment and wellness plan for dogs and cats in the greater Sacramento area.
Dr. Jyl offers Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). Acupuncture offers us another powerful tool to restore your pet’s health and vigor. Dr Jyl practices what is known as “Integrative Medicine”, using the cutting-edge diagnostic tools and techniques of modern medical science in conjunction with the ancient techniques of acupuncture and traditional chinese medicine.
Acupuncture and herbal medicine have been practiced in China for thousands of years. They are used in both humans and animals to reduce chronic pain and promote health and healing. The American Veterinary Medical Association has recognized acupuncture as becoming a more mainstream part of veterinary medicine. Additionally, the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health have officially recognized acupuncture as an effective treatment for many conditions & diseases.
Veterinary Acupuncture is based on the principles of energy, composed of a balance between yin and yang, which is perceived to flow through the body in meridians or channels (acupuncture meridians). These channels are related to the internal organs where disease can invade via their respective meridian. Imbalances between yin and yang, or interruptions or disturbances in the flow of energy (‘Qi’), will also give rise to disease, according to the model that is central to TCM. Veterinary acupuncture restores the balance of energy flowing through the body’s meridians.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCVM) advocates the use of herbs, chiropractic manipulation, nutritional input and lifestyle modification as essential companions to acupuncture. Acupuncture should NOT be performed in a ‘non-holistic’ and strictly reductionist ‘Western’ manner. It should be a truly holistic therapy to provide the best results.
Acupuncture for animals must be performed by an acupuncture vet. It is illegal for a non-vet to provide this treatment and it is also illegal for a veterinary nurse to perform it, whether or not under veterinary supervision.
Acupuncture requires a minimum of six treatments. Some pets respond after one or two treatments. However, to achieve maximal positive results it may take approximately 4-6 weekly treatments. Each acupuncture treatment builds on each other and may have a cumulative effect where a series of treatments maybe necessary. After a maximum response is achieved acupuncture treatments are tapered to a maintenance schedule depending on the individual pets needs. For more chronic conditions your pet may need maintenance acupuncture. In the beginning, one treatment a week usually is the norm. Approximate cost per session starts at $75 and may vary depending on each individual patients current medical condition.
Each treatment may be 20 to 45 minutes in length and may take up to 1 hour depending on each individual patient.
Acupuncture may be combined with other therapies such as electroacupuncture, cold laser, VOM (Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation similar to a chiropractic adjustment), medications, herbals, or injections to give longer effects and stronger results from the treatment. A separate fee will be applied to each individual therapy. Therapies vary with each individual needs.
Because acupuncture and other non traditional therapies may take up to one hour your pet will to be need in a calm, quiet, and relaxing setting. Children are always welcome but must be very quiet during your pets treatment.
Watch this informative video to learn more about the history of acupuncture on animals. Also visit www.tcvm.com for more information.
Why consider acupuncture treatments for your pets?
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can both augment the effectiveness and reduce the side effects of many ‘conventional’ veterinary treatments. For instance, after surgery, acupuncture treatments can help speed recovery of neurologic and musculoskeletal function. Sometimes acupuncture gives us a safe and effective treatment option and may replace other invasive procedures.
Conditions that respond to treatment with Acupuncture:MUSCULOSKELETAL ISSUES:
- Acute soft tissue injuries
- Intervertebral disc disease
- Muscle atrophy
- Behavioral disturbances
- Generalized weakness
- Degenerative myelopathy
- Geriatric vestibular syndrome
- IVD induced paresis
- Chronic vomiting
- Allergic dermatitis
- Dry skin
- Genital pruritus
- Hyperthyroidism (especially early or subclinical)
While Acupuncture and TCVM can be effective for for some ailments, western medicine can offer more effective treatments for others. As in all things, there is a balance. In some cases, animals will be more responsive or receptive to acupuncture than others.
Dr. Jyl offers pet acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine as part of an overall integrative treatment for your animals.
Dr. Jyl Rubin DVM (916) 989-0738