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New Orleans Pet Acupuncture

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Magazine Street Animal Clinic believes in the integration of alternative treatment with traditional veterinary medicine. To this end, we offer New Orleans veterinary acupuncture to treat everything from painful chronic disorders, such as arthritis, to soft tissue injuries.

What is Veterinary Acupuncture?

Veterinary acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into specific points that are located over areas rich in vessels and nerves on the pet's body. The needles stimulate the underlying tissues and activate the pain inhibitory system. Messages are sent up to the brain resulting in the body's release of neurotransmitters, which temporarily block pain. Changes in blood flow occur, which regulates circulation and so the body's immune function is enhanced.

The NOLA Veterinary Acupuncture Procedure

As always, at our veterinary clinic in NOLA, we conduct a full veterinary health and wellness exam prior to any New Orleans veterinary acupuncture session, to ensure that your pet is the right candidate for this kind of treatment. Once confirmed, the acupuncture needles are inserted into specific points and left in for 10 to 20 minutes.

Most animals react very little to the placement of the needles and many get relaxed or even fall asleep during the treatment. If acupuncture is going to help a patient, it can take up to eight treatments before results are seen. Most patients respond within the first four visits, so owners should commit to at least four treatments, initially. It is normal for some patients to be sleepy for several hours after a treatment. With most patients, herbs, vitamins, supplements or dietary changes are discussed.

NOLA Veterinary Acupuncture: Commonly-Treated Conditions

Our New Orleans veterinary acupuncture services can be used to treat:

  • Arthritis (hips, shoulders, elbows, back)
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Seizure disorders
  • Soft tissue injuries such as sprains, muscle strains, and neck pain
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS or "dry eye")
  • Lick granulomas
  • Neurological conditions
  • Pain and nausea related to cancer
  • Chronic digestive disorders (IBD, diarrhea, constipation)
  • Spinal cord disorders
  • Other medical conditions such as immune-mediated diseases and chronic liver or kidney diseases.

For further questions about our New Orleans pet acupuncture services or to schedule and appointment, please call us at (504) 891-4115 today!