Do cats really tolerate acupuncture?


Many cats, if approached respectfully in a safe environment, will tolerate the placement of acupuncture needles well.  If you have any reservations on how your cat interacts with strangers or needles, acupuncture may not be the best treatment modality for them.  


When can I expect to see a difference in my pet?  


It is important to remember that acupuncture is a cumulative process, which each treatment building on the previous one.  As many animals are often getting acupuncture after many other therapies have been tried, it may take even longer to resolve their issues or alleviate their clinical signs.   That being said, many animals treated for an orthopedic condition may respond after a single treatment.  In general it can take anywhere from 4-6 sessions spaced about a week apart before a response is seen.  Behavioral problems, and longer standing internal medicine and skin conditions may take longer (7-9 treatments) before a response is seen.  


Small Animal Integrative Medicine Services  

How long does a session take?


An initial assessment will take approximately an hour.  Prior to your appointment time, Dr. Miller will ask you to complete a complete history of your animal and email it to her so that she is familiar with your pets' history, current medications, and prior treatments. Each additional session will take anywhere from 30-60 minutes.  


What kinds of problems can acupuncture be used to treat in my pet?  


Acupuncture can be used to address many medical issues with your pet as well as to complement conventional therapies.  It is commonly used to treat orthopedic and neurologic disorders, including but not limited to arthritis, hip dysplasia, partial cruciate ligament tears, hind limb weakness, muscle soreness/strains, acute herniated intervertebral discs, Wobbler's sydrome and seizures.  It is often recommended for post-operative pain management.  It can also be used for internal medicine issues such as urinary or fecal incontinence, skin disease and allergies, chronic diarrhea, kidney failure, respiratory problems, infertility problems, endocrine problems, or laryngeal paralysis.  It may also be used as an adjunct therapy for cancer to manage symptoms of the disease.  Acupuncture is used to decrease side effects associated with conventional medications and alleviate symptoms of many diseases.  It may also be used for behavioral issues such as separation anxiety or aggression.