Pet Acupuncture in North Liberty
Is your pet experiencing discomfort as a result of arthritis or some other disease? Do you want a treatment option that doesn’t involve medication? If the answer is yes, consider acupuncture. Animal Kingdom Veterinary Care Center offers pet acupuncture in North Liberty for both dogs and cats. Acupuncture is an alternative form of treatment that involves inserting needles into specific points on the body (called acupoints) to create a healing response. This treatment option is safe and virtually pain-free, with minimal side effects. In some cases, it can be used in conjunction with other services we offer to provide the best possible results.
What Conditions Can Pet Acupuncture Treat?
Acupuncture, which originated in China thousands of years ago, has been proven effective in treating a wide range of conditions in dogs, cats, and other species, including:
- Musculoskeletal problems: arthritis, back pain, disc problems, degenerative joint disease, muscle soreness, etc.
- Neurology disorders: facial and radial nerve paralysis, laryngeal hemiplegia, seizures, etc.
- Gastrointestinal disorders: colic, constipation, diarrhea, gastric ulcers, impaction, vomiting, etc.
- Other chronic conditions: asthma heaves, behavioral problems, cough, Cushing’s disease, geriatric weakness, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, infertility, renal failure, uveitis, skin problems, etc.
How Effective Is Pet Acupuncture?
The effectiveness of treatment is dependent on several factors, including the veterinarian’s skill level, the condition being treated, and the number of treatments. We are pleased to offer pet acupuncture in North Liberty under the care of Dr. Ana Falk, who became a certified veterinary acupuncturist in 2007. She has helped hundreds of pets recover from pain and other conditions with this treatment option. You can read stories of actual patients at Dr. Falk’s acupuncture website.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
When specific acupoints (there are more than a dozen) are stimulated using acupuncture needles, it results in specific changes in the central nervous system. Acupuncture can essentially help the body heal itself in this way. The selected acupoints, method of stimulation, and duration of stimulation all play a role in how acupuncture works. Nerves can be stimulated, blood circulation can increase, and muscle spasms can be relieved. Hormones (endorphins, cortisol, etc.) can also be released, which is what aids in pain relief.