In East Meadow, Long Island, NY
At Levittown Animal Hospital, we pride ourselves on providing the highest level of veterinary care for Nassau County’s pets. As veterinary science research continues to grow, experts have discovered just how effective certain complementary therapies, such as acupuncture, can be in treating pain and other symptoms in many pets. Acupuncture is the ancient art of inserting very fine needles into specific points on the body to produce a healing response.
In order to determine if your pet is a good candidate for acupuncture, during an initial consultation appointment we will take a thorough history of your pet that takes into account all aspects of their life including diet, exercise, chronic medical concerns, and their daily lifestyle with you. Treatments are typically 20-30 minutes once a week, then as time goes on and the patient improves, treatments become more spaced out until maintenance is reached.
What is veterinary acupuncture used for?
Veterinary Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide array of conditions and is frequently used in performance competition events. If your pet is experiencing any of the following issues below, please reach out to us to see if acupuncture is right for your pet.
- Arthritis & Joint Inflammation
- Neurologic Disorders
- Reproductive Disorders
- Hip Dysplasia
- Degenerative Joint Disease
- Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Muscle Injuries
How does veterinary acupuncture work?
Acupuncture causes a therapeutic effect by inserting sterile, thin needles into specific and discrete points on your pet’s body. Studies have shown that acupuncture releases endorphins and natural pain relievers in order to block various pathways within the pain cycle.
Is it for my pet?
If your pet suffers from anxiety, pain, stress, arthritis, ACL/knee surgery recovery, spinal pain, or other diseases, acupuncture may be a helpful treatment option.
Is it safe?
When administered by a licensed, Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA), acupuncture is considered to be a safe and effective treatment option for pets. Sedation is rarely needed.
Does it hurt?
Generally, pets are very comfortable during a treatment session and often fall asleep or lay down during this relaxing therapy technique.
What are the results?
Veterinary acupuncture may alleviate pain while improving joint range of motion. While results may vary, we can manage and stabilize many conditions. We can decide how to best manage your pet at your first evaluation.