Acupuncture is a widely accepted holistic treatment option that is used to stimulate healing or provide pain relief for animals of all species. It is a virtually painless procedure that involves the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to activate the animal’s immune system and cause the release of serotonin and endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers. Originating in China thousands of years ago, acupuncture is used in veterinary medicine either alone or in conjunction with western medicine. Gregg Veterinary Hospital offers this alternative course of treatment to pet owners in Vidalia and the surrounding communities of the Miss-Lou area.
Acupuncture works well for musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis and tendonitis, but also can be helpful for other chronic or acute conditions such as gastro-intestinal problems, heart and respiratory conditions, dermatology ailments, urinary tract problems, and neurological issues.
Acupuncture is nearly painless for small animals; most pets tolerate it and even enjoy it. Once the needles are gently inserted into the skin and are in place, most animals become very relaxed and even sleepy. The length and number of treatments will depend upon the condition of the patient. Some animals will need 4-6 visits before the owner can recognize any change in the pet, however, it is not uncommon for results to be noticed as soon as the first visit.
Our veterinarians will evaluate your pet’s condition to determine if acupuncture will be an effective treatment, and if so, will apply it along with western medications and techniques as necessary. Gregg Veterinary Hospital serves the communities of Ferriday, Vidalia, and Monterey, Louisiana as well as Natchez and Woodville, Mississippi.