Contact our team to find out if your pet could benefit from acupuncture.
Here are some of the health problems we can treat using acupuncture and Chinese herbs: arthritis pain for aging cats or dogs, paralysis or neurological disorders (herniated disc, elbow or hip dysplasia), thyroid glands, liver problems, gastrointestinal issues (diabetes, pancreatitis), kidney and skin problems (allergies and other issues), seasonal allergies as well as reproductive problems.
Information regarding consultations:
The first consultation lasts about an hour. Particular attention is paid to your pet’s health history regarding the condition of concern. After a detailed discussion, Dr. Potrawiak will perform a complete physical examination and will make a veterinary as well as a Chinese medicine diagnosis. She will then decide which acupuncture points are best for treatment. The needles will remain in place for 15 to 20 minutes. In most cases, the animal remains calm and sometimes will even fall asleep. In cases of neurological disorders or severe pain, electro acupuncture will be used. Sometimes, to help distribute energy, moxa (heated herbs sticks) will be placed at the base of the needles. We usually recommend a follow-up every week for 3 to 4 weeks, then to space out visits to every 2 weeks, and finally, depending on the condition, every month.
For more information, we’ve included a short summary below:
How does it work?
Treatment involves inserting needles at specific points, each carefully selected to get energy flowing, revitalizing and healing the body. Both cats and dogs can handle and benefit from acupuncture. After needles are placed, endorphins are released, leading to relaxation.
Each acupuncture point has a specific reason for being stimulated. This technique has been used in China for thousands of years to treat and prevent various health problems in animals, such as dogs and cats.
In Canada, veterinary acupuncture is not well-known, although many veterinary service providers have been offering it for about 30 years. Elsewhere in the world, veterinary acupuncture is used alone or in conjunction with modern medicine to treat a wide variety of conditions for all sorts of animals.
Clinical studies have been published in various scientific journals, each demonstrating positive results regarding acupuncture for both humans and animals. Acupuncture cannot treat all conditions, but when it can, it is a very useful healing tool.
After five millennia of use, acupuncture is finally taking its place in the West. Acupuncture is defined as an energy treatment. It presumes the existence of a vital energy, indispensable to life, that circulates throughout the body. This energy is transported by a network of channels called meridians.
In order to maintain proper metabolism, the channels carry energy to the brain, organs, muscles, bones, nerves, glands and all other systems. The energy circulates in an orderly fashion throughout the meridians, each of which contains an acupuncture point related to a specific therapeutic function.