Friendship Hospital for Animals is excited to announce Dr. Catherine Hageman, DVM, CVA has returned to our staff after a six year absence. She will be resuming her role as our in-house veterinary acupuncturist.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body that have the ability to alter various neurologic, biochemical and physiologic conditions. There are many ways to stimulate these acupoints, including pressure, needles alone, needles with electrical stimulation and aquapuncture (injection of a medication into a point).
How does it work?
It was originally believed that acupuncture was an attempt to influence a mysterious "energy" circulating through invisible channels in the body. We now know that acupuncture affects the central nervous system, leading to the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones that can change circulation, muscle tone, perception of pain and organ function.
What conditions are treated with acupuncture?
Acupuncture has most commonly been applied as a primary or supplemental treatment for pain in small animals, but may be indicated in almost any dysfunction of the body. Some examples of disorders in which acupuncture may be applied include:
- Musculoskeletal and Neurologic conditions: osteoarthritis, traumatic injuries, intervertebral disc disease, muscle strain, epilepsy
- Skin and Eye: chronic allergies/dermatitis, non-healing wounds, chronic ear infections, dry eye syndrome
- Cardiovascular and Respiratory: congestive heart failure, blood pressure disorders, asthma, emergency resuscitation
- Gastrointestinal: inflammatory bowel disease, chronic constipation or diarrhea
- Urologic: urinary incontinence, feline inappropriate urination, chronic kidney insufficiency
- Endocrine: diabetes
It is important to realize that acupuncture is not a "cure-all" and is typically used in addition to, rather in as a replacement for, "traditional" Western medicine.
How will my pet react? Does it hurt?
How often and for how long will my pet need to be treated?
How quickly will my pet respond? Are there any negative side effects?
Please contact us if you would like to learn more about whether acupuncture is right for your pet!