The use of veterinary acupuncture originated in China approximately 3000 years ago. However, it wasn’t until the early 1970’s that interest in this type of medicine reached the United States. Fortunately, it is now accepted by most veterinarians as an effective way to treat both small and large pets. Acupuncture has been proven to increase the quality of life in many older pets, which otherwise would have been euthanized or medicated for life.
Dr. Arlene Gardsbane is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist here at the Animal Place. She treats many of our patients using acupuncture; however the therapy may vary depending on the specific conditions. For instance, some pets are treated with hair-thin needles, while others with low-level electrical currents (Electro Acupuncture).
Normally, treatment sessions can take 10 seconds or up to 30 minutes. It is important to understand that sometimes it may take 4-6 treatments to notice results. However, some pets do experience instant improvements, such as increased energy and mobility.
Jamie was one of our routine acupuncture patients. Watch her soar through this agility course!
RIP Jamie - We miss you!