Glendora Pet Care Center serving Covina, San Dimas
Acupuncture for Dogs and Cats

Acupuncture

is a form of medical treatment that has been used in Asia for thousands of years. It is still widely used in Taiwan, China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia to

treat a wide range of medical conditions including allergy, arthritis, paralysis, pain control,

etc. Comparing to western medical treatment,

acupuncture has virtually no side effect

if done correctly.

The most important thing to understand about acupuncture is the concept of Qi. We all know that many energy forces are not visible, such as electricity, microwave, UV light, x-rays, etc. Qi is an energy force that is also invisible but it is the driving force of our body. When Qi flows through our body smoothly, we are healthy. When the Qi flow is stagnant in certain areas, we start to experience illness and pain. So the whole purpose of acupuncture is to stimulate the Qi to resolve stagnation.

Qi flows through our body via pathways called meridians just like how blood flows through our vessels. Along the meridians, there are areas called acupoints that have an increased sensitivity to the Qi flow. The traditional way to practice acupuncture is to apply thin flexible needles into acupoints to stimulate Qi flow called dry needle treatment. It can be enhanced by attaching the needles to an electroacupuncture unit to increase the stimulation called electricoacupuncture treatment. It is kind of similar with how the chiropractor and physical therapist use a tens/EMG unit to stimulate the muscles. For patients who can not tolerate needle treatment, cold laser can be utilized to provide the stimulation as well. By stimulating the acupoints, we are trying to get the Qi to flow properly again so the body can repair itself and return to normal function. So essentially acupuncture is a form of energy treatment.

For dogs and cats, the medical conditions that respond best to acupuncture are paralysis and arthritis.

Every pet is unique. Everybody responds to treatment differently. Please schedule an acupuncture consultation appointment if you think your pet can benefit from acupuncture treatment.

Read more about Acupuncture for pets:
"My 9yr old Vizsla had developed a back problem where he had a compressed disc with a nerve issue going on. When he would walk his back leg would buckle sending him to the ground it was so sad. I tried traditional laser therapy and a host of medications from my other vet and he was sadly not improving. He has always been a active dog to say the least and I could not bear to see him like this. We were faced with having to put him down if it did not improve and a friend had suggested I try accupuncture. Hesitant at first but I was willing to try anything to save him, thats when I found Dr. Huang. She set realistic expectations that it could take a few sessions and that he may not respond. After his first treatment we did not see much improvement but after the second, he got up one night and walked over to his water bowl! We thought we were seeing things!! He had a total of 3 sessions and he has been doing great now for 8 months! She has him on a regime that he responds very well too! We are so thankful and appreciative to Dr. Huang. I think she is just great and she has a wonderful disposition with people and animals. A real gem!" —Michele S., Chino Hills
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