Fargo Moorhead Area Pet Acupuncture

Dr. Darin Peterson and Technician Dena are performing an Acupuncture session on a patient at Casselton Veterinary Service.

What is Veterinary Acupuncture & how long has it been around?

Acupuncture is the insertion of needles in acupressure points on the body to help stimulate a healing response. Acupuncture can help to block pain and reset muscles. This also will help improve function and balance. Acupuncture may be defined as the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to produce a healing response. Each acupuncture point has specific actions when stimulated. This technique has been used in veterinary practice in China for thousands of years to treat many ailments. The Chinese also use acupuncture as preventative medicine. Acupuncture is used all around the world, either along or in conjunction with Western medicine, to treat a wide variety of conditions in every species of animal. Clinical research has been conducted showing positive results in the treatment of both animals and humans, and the use of acupuncture is increasing. Acupuncture will not cure every condition, but it can work very well when it is indicated.

What Conditions is Pet Acupuncture Used For?

Acupuncture may help for functional problems such as noninfectious inflammation like allergies, paralysis and pain. For small animals, the following are some of the general conditions which may be treated with acupuncture:

– Musculoskeletal problems, such as arthritis, intervertebral disk disease, or traumatic nerve injury
– Respiratory problems, such as feline asthma
– Skin problems such as lick granulomas and allergic dermatitis
– Gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea
– Selected reproductive problems

Is Acupuncture Safe for Pets?

Acupuncture is safe form of medical treatment for animals when it is administered by a properly trained veterinarian. Side effects of acupuncture are rare, but they do exist. An animal’s condition may seem worse for up to 48 hours after a treatment. Other animals become lethargic or sleepy for 24 hours. These effects are an indication that some physiological changes are developing, and they are most often followed by an improvement in the animal’s condition.

What is the next step?

Casselton Veterinary Service has two on staff members of the American Academy Veterinary Acupuncturists (AAVA) and American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) to serve your pet &chiropractic needs. Call now to set up an appointment at 701-347-5496 or BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT ONLINE.


Fargo Moorhead Area Pet Chiropractic

Dr. Brad Barthlomay is performing a Pet Chiropractic session at Casselton Veterinary Service.

Are you tired of seeing your pet in pain or struggle with their loss of energy? Have you tried surgery or other veterinary procedures to help relieve their discomfort but haven’t seen the results you are looking for? It may be time for you to consider a pet chiropractor. Although not universally accepted as a standard treatment for some common ailments, pet chiropractic is gaining a more solid footing — similar to the state of human chiropractic.

How does Pet Chiropractic work?

Pet chiropractic is a holistic, all natural approach to treating a number of muscular, joint, and skeletal problems that are common in some dogs and certain breeds. The principles and practices behind veterinary chiropractic are nearly identical to those used with humans.
The most common way both human and animal chiropractors treat subluxations (misalignment of the vertebrae) and other problems is through chiropractic adjustment, which involves low force manual manipulation of the spinal column, joints or other affected areas. These adjustments help improve mobility and function and alleviate physical stress, strain and pain by removing the source of the symptom and letting the body heal itself.

What conditions can Pet Chiropractic help with?

Pet chiropractic can help treat a long list of conditions, injuries and ailments. Below are some of the more common conditions pet chiropractic can treat.

Hip dysplasia
Repetitive use injuries Neck and back injuries
Osteoarthritis relief
Post-surgery recovery
Urinary incontinence Forelimb lameness

What are some of the Signs and Symptoms that your pet may need chiropractic care?

If you notice any of these signs below in your pet, chiropractic treatment may be able to help. Setting up an initial exam to determine if your pet could benefit from Pet Chiropractic would be the first step.

Not able to jump
Arched back
Having trouble climbing up or down the stairs
Walking with a limp or dragging their back legs
Weak front legs without obvious pain Trouble standing still or uncomfortable when lying down
Unwillingness to move or decreased mobility
Sitting or standing in an abnormal position or tilted to one side
Abnormal walk and a shorter stride
Yelping when you pick him up around the chest area or general sensitivity to touch

How soon can you expect to see Improvement?

The time it takes to see improvement really depends on the severity of their condition. After a single adjustment session it could take up to five days for your dog’s body to repair itself, and for some conditions that may be all that they need. For some, relief could take anywhere from a few sessions to months of sessions. As with humans a regular tune-up is most cases is a great rule of thumb as well.

What is the next step?

Casselton Veterinary Service has two on staff members of the American Academy Veterinary Acupuncturists (AAVA) and American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) to serve your pet &chiropractic needs.nbsp;

Call now to set up an appointment at 701-347-5496 or BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT ONLINE.