I am Dr. Luisa Alvarez, and as many of you know, I have recently passed my exams qualifying me as a Certified Veterinary Medical Acupuncturist. I am very passionate about this procedure and am thrilled to be able to offer this therapy at Royal York Animal Hospital as Veterinary Acupuncture can be an effective therapy combined with most conventional treatments and medication. In this blog I will explain a little bit about what acupuncture is, how it works and how it may help your pet.
Veterinary Acupuncturists have comprehensive training, knowledge and skill to understand the interactions between different forms of treatment to interpret the patient’s response to therapy.
Acupuncture is a recognized veterinary medical treatment.
What Is Pet Acupuncture?
- The insertion of small sterile needles into specific points of the body to cause a therapeutic effect by stimulating local nerve and blood vessels. These effects are both local and systemic.
What medical conditions can it be used for?
- Musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis (including pain)
- Neurological Disorders (disc disease, epilepsy)
- Skin Disorders (allergy, lick granuloma)
- Others conditions such as renal and urinary or gastrointestinal problems
Is it painful? How will my pet react?
- Some pets do not like when the needles are placed but most pets relax and many fall asleep during treatment.
How often and for how long will my pet need treatment?
- Treatments may vary from a few minutes to 30 min depending on the condition
- Pets may be treated once or twice a week; some only need 3 or 4 weeks of treatments while others may need to continue once a month long term
Will Acupuncture help YOUR pet?
- To determine if your pet is a good candidate, I will need to perform a comprehensive, physical medical and acupuncture examination.
- She will ask you lots of questions as it is important to have complete medical history including dietary history, physical activity, and lifestyle.
- About 90% of pets will respond well to acupuncture therapy
For more information about Veterinary Acupuncture here is a link to the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society.
I am very excited to get my acupuncturist certification and look forward to talking to many of you about how this therapy can help your pet!
Dr. Luisa Alvarez
Certified Veterinary Medical Acupuncturist
Royal York Animal Hospital