RYAH Veterinarian, Dr. Luisa Alvarez, is also a trained Certified Veterinary Medical Acupuncturist. She is very passionate about this technique. Veterinary Acupuncture is an effective therapy that can be combined with most conventional treatments and medication.
Certified Veterinary Medical Acupuncturists are Veterinarians who also have comprehensive training with scientific support, knowledge and skill to understand the interactions between the different forms of treatment to address difficult medical problems.
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 and cells. These effects are both local and systemic.
What medical conditions can it be used for?
Some of the conditions Acupuncture can be used for include (but are not limited to):
- Pain Managment
- Musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis
- 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?
- Most pets tolerate the needles really well.
- Many relax and fall asleep during treatment.
- Very occasionally a pet is uncomfortable but this is unusual
How often and for how long will my pet need treatment?
- Most treatments are 20 minutes. It can vary depending on the pet and the condition being treated.
- 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, Dr. Luisa Alvarez 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.
Dr. Luisa Alvarez
Certified Veterinary Medical Acupuncturist
Royal York Animal Hospital