FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
1. What conditions are most commonly treated with acupuncture?
- Control of pain- e.g. glaucoma, dry eyes, arthritis, cancer pain, neck and back pain, release of trigger points.
- Skin diseases- e.g. chronic ear infections, dermatitis, autoimmune conditions.
- Immune disease- inflammatory bowel disease, joint disease, bronchial disease.
- Diseases of the eye- dry eye, pain control.
- Depression, stress related mental disorders.
- Digestive- nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, ulcers, movement of the GI, disease of the bile duct and gall bladder, decreased appetite.
- Cardiac arrhythmias, heart failure.
- Complete or partial paralysis.
- Urinary diseases- inflammation of the kidney, bladder, prostate and/or urethra, incontinence.
2. How will my animal react? Does it hurt?
Acupuncture if performed with individually wrapped sterile, stainless steel needles that are disposed of after each use. There is sometimes a reaction, either a twitch or a look from the animal when the needle is inserted through the skin. Once the needles are placed, the animal will usually relax and sometimes even fall asleep.
3. What is the treatment schedule with acupuncture?
The initial visit will generally be about 45 minutes, a thorough history is taken and physical exam performed by Dr. Grove. We will discuss your expectations and design a treatment plan together, depending on the severity of the disease and response to treatment. Generally, we recommend 1-2 times per week for the first several weeks, decreasing to 1-2 times per month. Sometimes animals can be maintained on treatments every 6 months. Each treatment is based on the needs of the individual patient.