We are pleased to announce Dr. Kim Smith will now be offering Veterinary Acupuncture Services at College Road Animal Hospital. She studied Acupuncture at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.
Acupuncture is one of the four branches of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. It is a tool that can be used in conjunction with conventional medicine to improve your pets quality of life in many disease processes, and also in preventative medicine. The most common uses of acupuncture in veterinary medicine are pain management and anxiety, but acupuncture is also very useful in many chronic internal medicine diseases.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin sterile needles into specific points on the body in order to cause a therapeutic effect. Ninety-five percent of patients are comfortable with this therapy, and due to the relaxation effect, some animals will actually fall asleep during their acupuncture treatment.
Depending on what kind of condition is being treated, some results can be seen immediately, but others will require several treatments. Generally, a minimum of 3-5 treatments 1-2 weeks apart for chronic conditions are needed before noticeable improvement can be expected. Chinese herbs can be used in conjunction with acupuncture to improve the results.
If you are interested in learning more about Acupuncture, and would like to schedule a consult with Dr. Smith please contact our office at (910)395-6555.