Veterinary acupuncture is a procedure that has literally been used for thousands of years. While it will not cure every condition, it works very well when indicated. Acupuncture is indicated for functional problems such as those that involve paralysis, allergies, and pain.
Acupuncture can assist the body to heal itself by affecting certain physiological changes. For example, acupuncture can stimulate nerves, increase blood circulation, relieve muscle spasm and cause the release of hormones such as endorphins (one of the body's pain control chemicals) and cortisol (a natural steroid).
For small animals, the insertion of acupuncture needles is virtually painless. The larger needles necessary for large animals may cause some pain as the needle passes through the skin. In all animals, once the needles are in place, there should be no pain.
The Stock Doc has three properly trained veterinarians, Dr. Amy Stockton, Dr. Miranda Townsend and Dr. Morgan Toye, to administer acupuncture treatments on your pet.