Our Acupuncture department practices integrative medicine that is based on science, informed by research and inspired by nature.
Dr. Sarah Logan, Acupuncturist
What is Western Medical Acupuncture?
Treatment involving the insertion of very fine needles in specific points along the body to produce desired effects such as triggering or inhibiting inflammatory responses, release of natural pain killers and modulation of the central, peripheral and autonomic nervous systems. Western Acupuncture adheres to principles of evidence-based medicine with the most up-to-date knowledge of veterinary anatomy, physiology and pathology.
What can be treated with acupuncture?
- Chronic pain conditions such as arthritis or old injuries
- Acute pain conditions such as after surgery, wounds or trauma
- Improved comfort and pain control for palliative, hospice and/or cancer patients
- Gastrointestinal disease such as IBD, constipation, vomiting
- Urinary tract issues such as improving outcomes for obstructed or “blocked” cats, kidney disease, cystitis
- Immune modulation for allergies, asthma, “hot spots” or upper respiratory congestion
- Stress and anxiety
- Neurologic disorders such as degenerative myelopathies, facial paralysis, intervertebral disc disease, improved seizure control
What is Integrative Medicine?
Acupuncture, electroacupuncture, cold laser therapy and veterinary massage are all forms of integrative medicine. This means that we will recommend appropriate medical work up and treatment alongside these modalities as deemed necessary by the veterinarian.
What can I expect for my pet's first treatment?
The initial consult and treatment is one hour long and consists of an in-depth conversation and examination of your pet. At this appointment, we will discuss your pet's history and medical issues, expectations and explanation of what integrative medicine can provide and make a plan that may include multiple modalities (ex acupuncture, laser and/or massage) to help your pet feel his or her best. Then we will decide together how many follow up visits are appropriate for your pet.
The most important thing to evaluate is your pet's over all well-being. For example, some cats may be afraid at first and require a few sessions of laser or massage before we gain their trust and they allow dry needling techniques. We may not use every modality every time depending on what your pet is displaying to us about their pain, fear or comfort level.
Do you treat exotics?
Dr. Logan is comfortable treating cats, dogs and small exotics such as rabbits, guinea pigs and some reptiles. If you have an exotic pet, please feel free to call or email for details.
Does acupuncture hurt?
The honest answer is, not often but it can cause some level of discomfort depending on your pet. The needles are very small and very sharp so they are often not felt when being placed.
However, if you have ever had a deep tissue massage, you know that there are points along your muscles that are more tender than others. These are known as "trigger points” and are ideal for
acupuncture needling to help release the muscle fibers that are in constant state of contraction. This can cause initial soreness but will ultimately relax, reducing pain and improving
If a pet has a particularly painful area, we will choose a different modality such as laser or massage to avoid any unwarranted pain or upset.
Do I stay in the room for the treatment?
Absolutely! In fact, you are encouraged to stay with your pet for all modalities for their comfort. We also love it when pets come in with an appetite so they can enjoy taking treats from you while the treatments are being done. This is great for bonding and relaxation.
However - PLEASE tell your practitioner if you do not like the sight of needles, if your pet is protective of you, or tends to be more calm when you leave the room. We have a very nice treatment area which offers you and your pet low stress environment. Many people feel uncomfortable with needles so it is nothing to be afraid or embarrassed about. Also, all pets are individuals so we want to respect their personal space and preferences.
Interested in learning more?
Contact Dr. Logan at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 315-468-3446 to schedule a consultation appointment!