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Pet Acupuncture

Acupuncture involves placing tiny needles in specific points on the body to promote a healing response. It has evolved from Chinese medicine to Western medicine. There is now scientific research showing that stimulating certain acupuncture points can bring pain relief, encourage healing of injuries and get better control of chronic diseases.

How can acupuncture help my pet?

Acupuncture has been known to help with orthopedic and neurologic conditions. Common conditions that may benefit from acupuncture are cruciate ligament injury, osteoarthritis, spinal cord injury, intervertebral disk disease and traumatic nerve injury.

Acupuncture can sometimes help cats with chronic renal disease, urinary tract issues, constipation, gastrointestinal disease and respiratory disease.

Acupuncture can provide pain relief for osteoarthritis pain, injured muscles and after surgical procedures such as dental extractions.

Acupuncture can sometimes help with gastrointestinal disease, respiratory disease, seizures, anxiety and even skin diseases.

Just like any medical treatment, every patient responds differently. Some patients have tremendous success with acupuncture treatments, while others show very little improvement in their condition. There is a very minimal risk or side effects from acupuncture, so it is almost always worth trying.

What can I expect during an acupuncture appointment?

A typical appointment involves getting your dog comfortable on a soft bed on the floor. They usually receive treats or praise while the needles are placed. Most dogs do not react to the needles being inserted. We then sit with your dog for 10-20 minutes with the needles in. Most dogs enjoy getting treats or head pets during this time.

A typical course of treatment can be once weekly for 4-6 weeks and then adjusted according to their response. Every patient is different and treatment is always adjusted specifically for their needs.

Will my cat sit still for acupuncture?

Surprisingly, many cats tolerate acupuncture quite well. A soft bed is set up on the floor of the exam room, treats and canned food are offered and we take our time to make them feel comfortable. Even a 5-10 minute treatment can still have benefit in a cat for many conditions.

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Last updated: July 8, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective Monday, July 13, 2020 we have made some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

Your dedicated team at Mission Ridge Animal Hospital