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Acupuncture involves the application of needles at specific points of the body to cause a desired healing effect. This technique has been used in veterinary practice in China for at least 3000 years to treat and prevent many ailments. Chinese medical philosophy describes the disease as the imbalance of Qi (energy) in the body, and acupuncture is believed to balance this energy. Recent studies of this ancient practice demonstrate that stimulating acupuncture points causes specific physiological changes in the body, including increasing blood circulation, relieving muscle spasms and releasing hormones.
What problems can acupuncture be used to treat?
Acupuncture is an excellent treatment for some diseases that are difficult to treat only with Western Medicine, and it is part of the many modalities that we use in rehabilitating lame or injured animals. Some of the conditions successfully treated with acupuncture are inflammatory bowel disease, kidney disease, arthritis pain, muscle pain and back and disc pain.
Will acupuncture be painful?
Needle placement is usually so quick that most animals barely notice. Once the needles are set, acupuncture causes the release of natural body endorphins which are very relaxing, block pain receptors and stimulate innate healing mechanisms. Most dogs and cats become relaxed after about 10 minutes and rest quietly for the treatment.
What side effects are associated with acupuncture?
The relaxation experienced by most patients is the main side effect of acupuncture and may continue for some time at home. In a few cases, a patient may be temporarily more lame or weak after a treatment. This effect should be short-lived and followed by improvement.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. As our province enters the next phase of the reopening plan, we have some updates to share with you about our safety measures.
We are continuing to see all cases by appointment only including Canine Rehabilitation Services, Animal Chiropractic, TCVM Consultations, Bloodwork for Referral Services, Wellness Exams, Vaccines and more!
Beginning June 29, 2020, clients are able to come into the hospital with their pets with the following restrictions:
SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us.
Face coverings must be worn to enter the hospital.
Use hand washing station upon entry.
Washrooms will be closed to the public until further notice.
If you wish to remain in your car during the appointment, when you call to inform us of your arrival, we will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm - Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives Inc.