Avon Lake Animal Clinic is committed to offering integrative medicine. Dr. Kimberly Huppe has undergone extensive training through the International Veterinary acupuncture Society (IVAS) to become a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA). Acupuncture has been used to treat a variety of medical conditions for thousands of years, and the American Veterinary Medical Association accepted Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as a treatment option in 1998. Acupuncture works by adjusting the flow of vital energy, or Qi (pronounced “chee”), along specific pathways, or meridians, in the body. By inserting very fine needles into specific points on the body, this energy can be improved or altered, restoring balance and resolving disease. In Western terms, acupuncture exerts its effects by stimulating the nervous and endocrine systems to release endorphins and other hormones that are a part of the body’s natural defense against pain and inflammation.
Acupuncture is very safe and can be used to treat dogs and cats of any age or health status. Acupuncture can be used as a primary therapy or can be integrated into other treatment protocols to address symptoms of many health problems including but not limited to:
- Diarrhea/Gastrointestinal Issues
- Geriatric Support
- Musculoskeletal Inflammation
- Acute or Chronic Neck or Back Pain, Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD)
- Hip/Elbow Dysplasia
- Neurologic Disorders
Acupuncture is also often used together with physical rehabilitation modalities such as therapeutic exercise, water therapy, or laser therapy in our geriatric, neurologic, painful, or arthritic pets. Visit our Up & Running Canine Rehabilitation page to learn more about acupuncture and physical rehabilitation and see if they are right for your pet.