Given the very thin nature of the needles used, the insertion of acupuncture needles is virtually painless. Once the needles are in place, there should be no pain. Most animals become very relaxed and some may fall asleep. Nevertheless, acupuncture treatment may cause some sensations, presumed to be those such as tingles, cramps, or numbness which can occur in humans and which may be uncomfortable for some animals.
Acupuncture is one of the safest forms of medical treatment for animals when it is administered by a properly trained veterinarian. An animal’s condition may seem worse for up to 48 hours after a treatment. Other animals become lethargic or sleepy for 24 hours. These effects are an indication that some physiological changes are developing, and they are most often followed by an improvement in the animal’s condition. In general, acupuncture can be effectively combined with most conventional and alternative therapies. Our Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist has the comprehensive training, knowledge, and skill to understand the interactions between different forms of treatment and to interpret the patient’s response to therapy.
The success of the treatment will vary according to the skill of the veterinarian, the condition being treated, and the number and frequency of acupuncture treatments. The length and frequency of the treatments depend on the condition of the patient.
In general acute problems require fewer treatments than chronic issues. Younger patients also tend to heal more rapidly compared to senior pets.