About Dr. Shana:

The amazing Dr. Shana is our Veterinary Acupuncturist! In June 2021, she graduated with her Certificate of Veterinary Medical Acupuncture and has been improving the care of many patients at Bailey Veterinary Clinic.

Clients say that they notice a difference in their pet after just a few treatments specific to their pet’s needs.

If you would like to learn more about acupuncture and how it can improve your pets care please continue reading.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient practice developed in China where very small metal needles are inserted into the skin at specific points to modulate the neurologic system (termed “neuromodulation”). Neuromodulation promotes health and helps to normalize bodily functions. Eastern practice is based on Qi (“chi”) and energy flow that is used to heal. Medical Acupuncture is built on the historical basis of the eastern practice but dives deeper into the science and medical evidence of acupuncture. A great deal of research on various aspects of acupuncture has been done to further understand the beneficial aspects of the treatment. To put it simply, acupuncture stimulates nerves, muscles and connective tissue; down-stream affects include boosting the body's natural painkillers. In medical acupuncture, it is important to combine acupuncture within a well-rounded and comprehensive treatment regimen that can include medical management, or surgical treatment.

What is Acupuncture used to treat?

Almost any acute or chronic disease can be treated with acupuncture treatment. However, in veterinary patients, acupuncture is especially useful to decrease pain and increase healing from injury or arthritis.

The most common conditions that are treated include:

  • Chronic pain, such as that caused by arthritis

  • Traumatic nerve injuries

  • Intervertebral disk disease

  • Neurologic disorders - degenerative myelopathy, epilepsy, etc.

  • Asthma

  • Allergy

However, just about any ailment can be treated using acupuncture.

What does a treatment plan look like?

Typical treatment plans are more frequent in the beginning and become less frequent as your pet responds and we see improvement. A pet that responds strongly and quickly may see improvement in 1-2 sessions; most pets see improvement in 4-6 sessions. Patients that are likely to respond favorably to acupuncture usually do so within the first few treatments; however, the benefits may last only 1 to 2 days at first. The goal is to build a cumulative and longer-lasting effect by delivering frequent sessions. Once a satisfactory level of improvement occurs, then we will usually increase the time interval between sessions to that which allows sustained improvement with the fewest treatments.

Chronic problems often require longer start-up times, and patients may need prolonged and perhaps lifelong maintenance (e.g., monthly) treatment for severe dysfunction. Acute illness or pain and swelling from recent trauma or surgery usually resolve more quickly-perhaps with only a few treatments. Our ultimate goal is to see your pet as infrequently as possible while still maintaining the desired acupuncture effect. Most senior pets can receive acupuncture every 4-8 weeks as part of a maintenance treatment plan following our start-up period.

Will my pet tolerate the treatment?

Acupuncture is not for every pet; however, many animals learn to love their acupuncture treatments. It is important to know that treatment will be tailored to each animal’s temperament and medical needs. Our first few sessions are often geared towards gaining trust and allowing your pet to learn to love their treatments.

If Acupuncture seems like something you and your pet would be interested in please give us a call today so that we can discuss the next appropriate steps for your pet’s needs. Dr. Shana puts the patients care above all else. She will review your pet’s medical information to ensure Acupuncture is the correct next step.