Chiropractic and Acupuncture for Pets

Chiropractic and acupuncture treatments are both well known as common alternative therapies for humans, but studies have found that they are also extremely effective treatments for animals too. We are committed to providing truly comprehensive care for animals, including embracing the newest techniques and discoveries. As such, we are delighted to be able to offer the benefits of chiropractic and acupuncture to animals who visit us here at Penn Valley Veterinary Associates, CA.

Chiropractic for pets

Chiropractic treatment involves the manual manipulation of the body and spine of your pet. It is non-invasive and usually painless, with some animals actually enjoying the sensations and touch they experience. The process is designed to move any misplaced vertebrae in the spine so that it is back in the correct alignment. This releases pressure on the surrounding nerves and other tissues, resolving pain and providing improved blood flow which then allows your pet’s body to heal naturally.

Any animal can benefit from chiropractic care, but it is most often recommended for senior pets, working pets, those involved in agility/obedience training and those with joint problems.

What can chiropractic for pets be used to treat?

Chiropractic care for animals has been found to be beneficial in treating a variety of conditions including:

- Chronic musculoskeletal problems

- Stiffness and tension

- Incontinence

- Muscle spasms

- Nerve problems

- Separation anxiety

- Hip dysplasia and CCL ruptures

- Mobility problems

Our dedicated veterinary team would be delighted to tell you if we think that your precious pet could benefit from chiropractic treatment and how many initial sessions they are likely to require.

Acupuncture for pets

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese treatment that involves the insertion of ultra-fine needles into pre-determined points of the body. The history behind acupuncture determines that this practice enables energy to flow freely through the body so that it can be in optimal health. However, what we do know for certain is that the insertion of needles stimulates sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles, triggering the body to produce natural substances such as pain-relieving endorphins.

Many owners are concerned that acupuncture may hurt their pet, but this is far from the case. The needles are so fine that most animals don’t feel anything at all, and many relax to the point that they fall asleep. Once inserted, the needles are left in for a short while before being removed. As with chiropractic care, a number of sessions may be needed for your pet to experience the full benefit of the therapy.

What can acupuncture for pets be used to treat?

Acupuncture has shown to be beneficial in treating a number of ailments in animals including, but not limited to:

- Chronic pain

- Digestive problems

- Respiratory problems

- Fatigue syndromes

- Incontinence

- Heart, liver and urogenital diseases

- Arthritis and joint inflammation

- Skin issues such as lick granulomas

If you would like to find out more information about chiropractic and acupuncture for pets and the benefits that it can offer, please get in touch with our dedicated and experienced veterinary team today.