Sierra Veterinary Hospital
Visit our Animal Hospital at 3095 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150       Phone: 530-542-1952
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Sierra Veterinary Hospital

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Acupuncture

Sierra Veterinary Hospital *Acupuncture* is one of the oldest forms of medicine and a *common natural therapy* for companion animals. It involves stimulating the nervous system by penetrating areas of the body where there are a high density of nerve endings, small blood vessels, and lymph vessels -- or acupuncture points. Stimulating these points causes the body to release endorphins, serotonin and other substances that promote pain relief, healing and balance.

Acupuncture is often effective for muscle soreness, back pain, disc disease, arthritis, seizures, laryngeal paralysis, diarrhea, asthma, cough, anxiety issues, Cushing's disease, diabetes, thyroid disease, renal failure, geriatric weakness, skin problems, disease prevention, and more.

Acupuncture offers chemotherapy and cancer patients a boost and may decrease nausea and increase appetite. Acupuncture is a wonderful option for many chronic diseases, but there are still many problems that will be better treated by Western medicine, including most emergencies.

We use different methods to stimulate acupuncture points, including inserting tiny needles, injectable liquids like vitamins, and electrical stimulation. Animals don't care about needles like some people do! Most just lie down and go to sleep. Many people are surprised by how relaxing acupuncture can be for their animals. Treatments tend to be cumulative, so the first treatment may last 2-4 days, the next treatment may last 7 days, and so on, until we may only need to see a patient monthly or even less.

The best results are achieved with a commitment to at least 4-5 treatments, complying with dietary recommendations and herbal therapy.