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Does acupuncture hurt my pet?
Patients may feel a brief sensation (known as the De Qi response) when an acupuncture needle is inserted but they often relax shortly after. Acupuncture causes an increase of B-endorphins (the body’s natural pain reliever), serotonin and other neurotransmitters which often allow the patient to relax and even sleep during the acupuncture session.
How long does each treatment take?
Treatment time varies depending on the disease process being treated. Typical sessions range from 30-60 minutes.
How many treatments are needed?
Most of the conditions treated by acupuncture are chronic and for these conditions, an initial course of 3-6 treatments is recommended. Benefits may not be seen until an animal has received 3 or more treatments. In general, the longer the animal has suffered from the condition, the longer it will take to improve. However, for more minor or acute conditions, only 1-2 treatments may be required. After the initial course of treatments the frequency of treatment is tapered down as appropriate in order to maintain the animal’s condition
How safe is acupuncture therapy?
When performed by a qualified veterinarian, acupuncture is very safe. Frequently patients tend to be more tired following an acupuncture treatment and occasionally patients can experience temporary worsening of clinical signs which usually subsides within 24 hours.
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