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Acupuncture for Dogs in Peoria – An Alternative Approach to Your Pet’s Medical Care

Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) has been used to treat animals for thousands of years. One component of TCVM is acupuncture. Dog acupuncture involves inserting thin sterile needles into specific points on the body to produce therapeutic responses. Because the needles are so small, treatment is rarely painful. The relaxation effect even causes some patients to fall asleep. When administered by a certified veterinarian, acupuncture is a very safe medical procedure.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Services

In addition to acupuncture, other components of TCVM can be used to treat your pet:
Electro-acupuncture – By applying electrodes to pairs of needles already in place for the acupuncture treatment, a controlled electric current stimulates the nerve endings and helps your pet’s Qi (life force or vital energy) move more freely through the body.
Herbal therapy – Herbal medicines can be given at home to enhance the effects of acupuncture in between treatments.
Aquapuncture – Aqua puncture is the injection of a sterile liquid (typically Vitamin B-12) into acupuncture points. The liquid affects the points for a longer duration than dry needles.
Food therapy – TCVM has long used dietary changes in the treatment and prevention of illness based on the food’s energy and properties.

Two veterinarians performing acupuncture on a dog

When Dog Acupuncture is Recommended

The following are conditions in which acupuncture for dogs has been shown to be effective:

  • Muscle and joint disorders such as back pain, hindend weakness, and arthritis
  • Neurological disorders such as seizures and paralysis
  • Gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea, vomiting, and constipation
  • Other chronic conditions such as coughing, allergies, endocrine disorders, kidney failure, liver disease, and end of life care

If you are interested in seeing if your pet could benefit from dog acupuncture or other aspects of TCVM, call us today to schedule an examination and consultation with Dr. Tracy Myers at 309-685-4707.