There are many common veterinary diseases treated with either acupuncture alone or acupuncture in conjunction with Western therapies or Chinese herbs. Neurologic and spinal diseases are uniquely suited and best treated with acupuncture. Some animals due to intestinal, kidney or liver problems can not tolerate standard pain/anti-inflammatory medications such as prednisolone, dexamethasone, bute, Rimadyl, Metacam, Deramaxx, Previcox, EtoGesic, Tramadol etc. Acupuncture allows us to eliminate or reduce the amounts of these potentially damaging medications. Here is a list of common conditions treated with acupuncture:
*Joint arthritis (vertebrae, hips, knees, etc)
*Spinal disease (trauma or disc protrusion)
*Intestinal problems (ulcers, colic, chronic diarrhea, etc)
*Muscular or soft tissue pain
The frequency of acupuncture treatments depends on whether the disease is acute (occurring for less than one week) or chronic (occurring for longer than a month). Acute diseases should be treated at least twice a week. Therapy usually lasts only one to two weeks. Chronic diseases are treated weekly for at least 3 to 4 weeks. Once the disease process is under control, a maintenance therapy program is developed sometimes for the life of the animal. This may be anywhere from monthly to annual treatments. As with many chronic problems, owners must be patient because it takes time to undo the long-standing damage and imbalances that have occurred.