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Acupuncture

Many people may not be aware of the benefit to pets.

Acupuncture is a therapeutic technique used in the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It involves the examination and stimulation of specific points on the body by use of acupuncture needles. It is now considered an integral part of veterinary medicine. These techniques are regarded as surgical and/or medical procedures under state practice acts. Veterinarians must complete advanced educational programs to be considered competent to practice veterinary acupuncture.

We are now are able to offer acupuncture treatment at Optimum Pet Health and Wellness Center. This is an exciting new adjunct therapy to add to our conventional, holistic and naturopathic therapies. Dr. Ruppert has received his acupuncture certification from Colorado State University-College of Veterinary Medicine.

Acupuncture is thought to relieve pain by triggering the release of brain chemicals and by blocking the transmission of pain signals up the spinal cord to the brain. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is thought that disease is due to imbalance of yin and yang as well as abnormal flow of Qi and blood. The objective of therapy is to restore balance to the body by stimulating acupuncture points on body. Treatments also can be given to apparently healthy pets to increase wellness.

Pets are evaluated and conventional testing is done to determine whether other therapies are appropriate. Acupuncture is not appropriate for all medical problems or for all pets. Their personalities must be suitable to receive therapy.

Acupuncture is done with very fine sterile needles. The care giver remains in the room throughout the treatment. The typical treatment takes 10-20 minutes and can produce profound relaxation. The number of treatments needed is dependant on the pet's condition and medical problem. The goal is always to improve the quality of the pet's life. Acupuncture is yet another modality to help support health and wellness in your pet.

If you have questions about acupuncture or your pet, please contact our office. We would be happy to answer your questions. 466-1383

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