A lot of pet owners observe their pets slowing down as they get older. Most of them have difficulties getting up or laying down, they are stiff in the mornings and don’t want to go for big runs. Our furry companions experience the same pain and discomfort , osteoarthritis brings, as us humans do and joint pain can significantly reduce their quality of life in their old days.
To make our ageing friends more comfortable, we often prescribe medication to relief pain and inflammation of joints, we offer injections to reduce progression of joint disease and also talk about supplements and weight loss.
Some older patients suffer from other illnesses as well and can’t have certain medications, for others the pain relief and joint supplements simply are not enough to relief symptoms.
Acupuncture is a very effective and gentle way of helping our geriatric patients with their pain. How does it do that?
Acupuncture stimulates the release of the body’s own pain relieving and anti-inflammatory substances. Needle insertion improves tissue blood flow, oxygenation and removal of metabolic toxins.
Unlike prescription and over the counter pain medications acupuncture does not come with any potential adverse side effects for your pet’s internal organs. Acupuncture does not adversely interact with your pet’s medications and supplements and can therefore safely be used as adjunctive treatment.
Would you like to find out if acupuncture could be the right treatment for your pet?
The team at Cheltenham Vet Clinic is more than happy to help you with this question.