Pet Acupuncture &
Heritage Animal Hospital offers acupuncture therapy for pets in Dundee, Ann Arbor, Toledo, and Monroe and the surrounding areas. Acupuncture is an alternative treatment based on Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). It’s been practiced for many years as an integrative and complementary therapy to traditional veterinary care.
Dr. Christine is excited to offer this therapy in addition to our regenerative medicine services to help relieve pain, stimulate healing, and to advance recovery from illness. She studied acupuncture at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.
Similar to acupuncture for humans, veterinary acupuncture involves the use of fine needles at specific pressure points where your pet’s nerves and blood vessels converge. The procedure releases endorphins in the body, which improves blood circulation and tissue oxygen levels and reduces pain and inflammation.
Acupuncture can be used to treat and help manage a variety of medical conditions including (but not limited to):
- Musculoskeletal disease – arthritis, degenerative joint disease, hip dysplasia, intervertebral disc disease
- Digestive problems – vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, megacolon
- Respiratory disease – asthma, laryngeal paralysis
- Chronic diseases – chronic kidney disease, immune-mediated disease
Your pet will receive a complete physical exam by our doctors and it will be determined if acupuncture is appropriate for your pet. Most animals tolerate acupuncture very well and even find it relaxing. Depending on your pet's medical status, positive results can occur after only a few sessions, improving your pet's overall quality of life.
To learn more about veterinary acupuncture at Heritage Animal Hospital, please call us at (734)529-9177 today.
Veterinary massage is an alternative therapy that encompasses science, relaxation, and body work. Massage therapy involves specific hand movements on a patient to improve muscle and joint function in an effort to relieve tension, spasm, or other restrictions to proper motion. Massage therapy can also be used to aide in impaired circulation by improving the normal flow of blood and lymphatic fluid and to stimulate the function of various internal organs through trigger points and/or acupressure points.
Animals from all age and health ranges benefit from veterinary massage. Veterinary massage at Heritage Animal Hospital is used in conjunction with traditional veterinary medicine and regenerative medicine services, such as laser therapy and acupuncture.
Veterinary massage aids in the treatment and management of a number of medical conditions including, but limited to:
- Musculoskeletal disease (osteoarthritis, generalized pain/stiffness, dysplasia)
- Chronic diseases (liver or kidney disease, gastrointestinal diseases, immune-mediated disease)
- Old age changes
- Acute onset disease (soft tissue injuries, urinary issues)
Massage therapy is not recommended for open or infected wounds, torn muscles, joints affected with inflammatory arthritis, or if the patient has a fever.
Our veterinary technician, Amanda, studied massage at the Pet Massage Institute and is a member of the International Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork. Heritage Animal Hospital is excited to offer veterinary massage in addition to our regenerative medicine services to help relieve pain, stimulate healing, and to advance recovery from illness.
Your pet will receive a complete physical exam by one of our doctors and it will be determined if massage is appropriate for your pet. Most animals tolerate massage therapy very well and often find it relaxing. A massage therapy plan will be developed for each patient individually based on the specific condition being treated and the patient’s response.
To learn more about veterinary massage at Heritage Animal Hospital, please call us at (734)529-9177 today.
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