Pet Acupuncture in Wilmington

When your pet is suffering from pain or illness, the ancient art of acupuncture is one treatment option to consider. Veterinary acupuncture can be used to treat a wide variety of health issues in pets, and can be useful in controlling chronic pain and disease. Many pets experience significant relief from painful symptoms with this treatment. When combined with other therapies, pet acupuncture can improve your pet’s quality of life and reduce the need for medications, and we’re pleased to offer it here at Wilmington Animal Hospital.

Your primary veterinarian can refer your pet for acupuncture therapy. When you bring your pet to us for treatment, we’ll start by taking an in-depth history, including your pet’s environmental and emotional conditions. We’ll continue with a physical exam, and then move into treatment. While many pets show improvement after the first session, maintenance sessions are recommended for continued progress.

How Does Pet Acupuncture Work?

Pet acupuncture works by stimulating your pet’s nervous, endocrine, and immune systems when needles are inserted into specific points in the body. The needles stimulate the underlying tissues and send messages to the brain to release endorphins, which help control and relieve pain. Other benefits of acupuncture can include:

  • Enhanced function of the immune system
  • Improved blood flow
  • Removal of metabolic wastes and toxins
  • Improved endocrine function
  • Increased healing speed

What Conditions Can Be Treated with Acupuncture?

As a pet owner, you may be concerned that your pet feels pain when the acupuncture needles are inserted. While animals do sometimes react initially, our trained pet acupuncturists are very gentle and, in our experience, most pets become calm and relaxed during treatment. Also, when performed correctly, acupuncture poses minimal risk for your pet. Pet acupuncture can be used to treat a variety of ailments, including:

  • Arthritis, hip dysplasia, sprains, and strains
  • Seizure disorders
  • Pain and nausea related to cancer
  • Inflammatory bowel disease, gastric reflux, and constipation
  • Chronic digestive disorders
  • Neurological conditions
  • Chronic liver or kidney diseases
  • Endocrine diseases such as hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, and diabetes

If you’re interested in learning more about how pet acupuncture in Wilmington could potentially help your four-legged friend, call us today at 302-762-2694. We’ll be happy to answer any questions.