|A 12 year old black Labradore Retriever named Cyrus came to our hospital with chronic neck pain. After 4 acupuncture treatments he was able to resume normal activity level including longer walks with his owner.|
Veterinary acupuncture is an ancient technique of placing needles into special points, called acupoints, in order to affect the flow of qi (pronounced “chee”). Traditional Chinese Medicine describes qi as energy in the body. Qi flows along channels, or meridians, similarly to how a car moves along a winding highway. By western definition, the patient benefits from needle placement along these meridians through stimulation of certain local biochemical substances that can control pain and inflammation, improve circulation, and stimulate the immune system. Acupuncture is used in a variety of ways, but the most common way is to improve pain control in patients suffering from degenerative joint disease, such as arthritis. The technique can also be used to improve strength, comfort, and neurologic function with intervertebral disc disease, control of nausea or vomiting associated with cancer or illness, stimulation of appetite, increased level of energy or awareness, management of behavioral conditions, and control of other symptoms such as incontinence or weakness. Dr. Heather Troyer, our certified acupuncturist is now offering acupuncture services and Traditional Chinese Medical consultations at our hospital.
Her goal is to improve the quality of life in pets through integration of both conventional and holistic medical options.
If you would like a consultation or appointment, please call 201-262-0010.
Heather Troyer, DVM, DABVP (Board Specialized in Canine and Feline Practice), CVA, (Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist), CVPP (Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner)